Those safe spaces for adult-aged students will include cotton candy, coloring books, crafts, and temporary tattoos, PSU President Stephen Percy said in the statement.
Percy writes, "Recent headlines have pointed out that anti-trans bills in legislatures across the country have doubled since last year, with 469 bills introduced and 38 new laws on the books in 13 states. Many loud voices have made no secret of their desire to target trans, non-binary, and gender diverse people."
These are bills that ban child sex changes, protect women's sports from male interlopers, and designate women's sex-segregated spaces such as bathrooms and locker rooms as for females only. One so-called anti-trans law in Kansas legally defined male and female according to biological reality.
"At Portland State, we are committed to being a safe space for all members of the LGBTQIA+ community to learn and thrive," he continued. "We recognize the toll this campaign, and the media that surrounds it, has on the queer and trans members of our community along with their family and friends."
The president then provided a list of resources that students can utilize on campus at the Queer Resource Center (QRC), and mentioned that the center will be hosting a daily "Trans and Gender Expansive Celebration and Community Hour" next week from noon to 1 pm, which will provide student with cotton candy, temporary tattoos, and coloring books.
Portland State University's Queer Resource Center issued a follow-up statement alerting the community that "anti-trans" protesters would be on campus next week to "instigate" reactions.
"We received word that some provocateurs with anti-gender affirming care viewpoints are coming to campus next week to instigate debate over access to gender affirming care for minors. As Queer and Trans members of the PSU community, we want to affirm, celebrate and uplift the gift, joy, and power that is inherent to Trans folks and experiences of gender diversity."
Among these are Chris Elston, who advocates against the mutilation of children and teens in the name of gender ideology. His goal is to have civil and polite conversations with one person at a time.
"The intention of these provocateurs, the missive continues, "is not to invite productive dialogue. Their tactic is to provoke students, faculty, and staff - record it and turn our community into clickbait material to be consumed by other folks with anti-Trans stances. These folks are trained to stay calm and within their rights to share their opinions on public property under the First Amendment. Legally, we cannot stop them. But we can ignore them and not give them what they want: a reaction from us and further polarization."
The group then invited students to participate in a "radical act of resistance" and to join them for the "Trans and Gender Expansive Celebration and Community Hour."
Elston, who has dedicated his time travelling the US and Canada to call out radical-left policies using billboards, called out the university's "lunacy" on Twitter and said, "Wow, imagine having conversations on a university campus."
"Triggered university students are invited for cotton candy, coloring, and stick-on tattoos," he added.
Former Portland State Univeristy Professor Peter Boghassian, who resigned from his post due to the university's anti-free speech policies and extreme bias towards politcally conservative viewpoints, responded to Elston's tweet with a meme that poked fun at the situation.
He then issued a follow-up tweet calling out his former place of employment and said, "Serious issues of public concern cannot be discussed in our academies. The conversation is NOT about denying healthcare to trans people. It is about potential downsides and irreversible damage—to children."
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