An ACLU lawyer is under fire for appearing to solicit underage transgender people to message him privately.
Chase Strangio, a trans man who is a staff lawyer with the ACLU and whose writing has appeared in Slate, made a tweet on March 14 encouraging “trans youth” to message him on Instagram, stating that he was willing to spend “one hour per day” video chatting with them.
Concerned Twitter users immediately began slamming Strangio for what appeared to be a major safeguarding issue. Journalist Helen Joyce called Strangio out for soliciting private direct messages from minors..
Others were concerned about Strangio “normalizing adult-child private video chats,” something which might have dire consequences for those youth who might not be able to differentiate a caring adult from one with more malicious intentions.
The tremendous backlash caused Strangio to delete his tweet, complaining that it has caused him to receive “unwarranted and relentless harassment.”
He continued with later tweets, blaming the backlash on TERFs, trans exclusionary radical feminists, and choosing to “take a break” from social media.
His final tweet was not well-received, with many taking issue with Strangio’s apparent lack of willingness to acknowledge the issue with soliciting private messages from minors, and writing the negative response off as anti-trans sentiment.