Attorney General Steve Marshall signed onto a letter on Wednesday expressing concern over event management website Eventbrite’s unpublishing of an event where a guest speaker is slated to talk about the dangers of sex change procedures for minors.
The letter, headed by South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson, sheds light on the website’s de-platforming of the event, hosted by Palmetto Family Council (PFC) in Spartanburg, S.C., and scheduled for November 6.
The PFC is a conservative Christian nonprofit organization based in Columbia, S.C. Their event is set to include Chloe Cole, a biological female who underwent sex change procedures at the age of 12 before de-transitioning at 17.
Cole is an outspoken advocate against sex change procedures for minors. She testified before Congress in July, calling sex change procedures for minors “one of the biggest medical scandals in the history of the United States of America.”
In her testimony, Cole accused medical professionals of manipulating her parents into placing her on puberty blockers and testosterone, from which she says she still suffers side effects.
“Undoubtedly, the topic of gender is hotly debated in American society as the populace grapples with novel theories of gender identity,” reads the letter from the attorneys general. “Some people believe that gender is not immutably tied to sex and that there are innumerable gender identities on a gender spectrum. Others (in fact, a growing majority of American adults) believe that there are only two genders and that sex and gender are inseparably tied.”
The letter accused Eventbrite of de-platforming an event simply because it holds a position a gender different than Cole’s.
“According to Eventbrite, Chloe’s story violates Eventbrite’s policy on ‘Hateful, Dangerous, or Violent Content and Events,” the letter states. “And it appears Eventbrite has been routinely deplatforming events all over the world that espouse a view on gender different than its own.”
“Rather than celebrate the marketplace of ideas and trust that the truth will prevail, Eventbrite appears poised to manipulate public opinion by silencing political dissidents,” it continues.
Eventbrite deplatformed a SC event against pediatric gender transition. So today I sent a letter with 18 other states seeking clarification on its event screening policies. Companies don’t have to agree with their consumers, but they can’t silence one viewpoint & promote another. pic.twitter.com/dmUHZLQsML— Alan Wilson (@AGAlanWilson) October 18, 2023
Nineteen attorneys general, including Marshall, signed onto the letter, which was addressed to Eventbrite’s general counsel, Julia D. Taylor.
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