Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s administration in May removed information about services for LGBTQ youth from a state website after a conservative news outlet published stories about it.
The Washington Post on Thursday reported Youngkin’s administration on May 31 removed information that included “a live-chat online support group” for teenagers from the Virginia Department of Health’s website after the Daily Wire raised questions about it. The article further notes Youngkin’s administration since he took office in January 2022 has removed information about abortion and other issues from the website at least three times “without consulting its own subject-matter experts.”
Youngkin has faced criticism from LGBTQ activists in Virginia since he took office.
The Republican has proposed revisions to guidelines for transgender and nonbinary students that his predecessor, Democrat Ralph Northam, signed into law in 2020. Youngkin, among other things, has also said he does not support allowing trans children to play on sports teams that are consistent with their gender identity.
“In Virginia, the governor will always reaffirm a parent’s role in their child’s life. Children belong to their parents, not the state,” Youngkin spokesperson Macaulay Porter told the Post in a statement. “The governor supports providing resources that are age appropriate however the government should not facilitate anonymous conversations between adults and children without a parent’s approval. Sexualizing children against a parent’s wishes doesn’t belong on a taxpayer supported website.”
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