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Anti-gay activist group admits trans school “harassment” is fake

Okay. Maybe the Pacific Justice Institute (PJI) doesn’t think that they’re admitted their charge of “harassment” is fake, but I’ll let you be the judge.

The PJI is a right-wing activist organization and huge supporter of the ex-gay movement as well as the debunked practice of conversion therapy. Recently, the PJI stirred up the right-wing word by claiming that a kid in Colorado was helped by the public school system to harass cisgender girls in the restrooms. Right wing media outlets jumped at the story without conducting any fact checking, prompting members of the right wing community to call for the death of the trans kid.

Since the right wing refused to do it, I did some fact checking and learned from the school superintendent that their investigation found that there was no attack or harassment. Furthermore, it turns out that apparently all of this was caused by one parent who felt that trans people should be segregated away from the cisgender population:

Since this came to light media outlets have deleted PJI’s story and apologized to the trans student.

Today, PJI issued a statement to the TransAdvocate via their apparent mouthpiece, a TERF activist. While the statement still offered no evidence to support the claim that this trans kid is a predator, they finally revealed the nature of the supposed “harassment” endured by the cisgender school kids.

In a statement delivered to the TransAdvocate by attorney Cathy Brennan, the PJI claims that a trans person in the restroom is “inherently intimidating and harassing.” Brennan, vocal critic of  trans equality measures, became somewhat infamous after she outed a trans teen to his parents and school, and recently attempted to intervene in the medical care of a transgender person.

After days of sidestepping any explicit statements about the exact nature of the supposed “harassment,” PJI now asserts that the mere presence of a trans person constitutes harassment and intimidation to cisgender people.

The PJI requested that journalists cease pulling their stories, suggesting that media outlets are doing so simply because LGBT activists are bullying them into “silence.”

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Cristan Williams
Cristan Williams
Cristan Williams is a trans historian and pioneer in addressing the practical needs of the transgender community. She started the first trans homeless shelter in the South and co-founded the first federally funded trans-only homeless program, pioneered affordable healthcare for trans people in the Houston area, won the right for trans people to change their gender on Texas ID prior to surgery, started numerous trans social service programs and founded the Transgender Center as well as the Transgender Archives. Cristan is the editor at the social justice sites TransAdvocate.com and TheTERFs.com, is a long-term member and previous chair of the City of Houston HIV Prevention Planning Group.


  1. […] How far will lesbian TERFs go to eradicate trans people? Pretty far. One lesbian worked alongside a fundamentalist Christian group that advocates gay conversion therapy in order to get a trans youth expelled from school. […]

  2. […] As Williams’ noted in the Transadvocate post Anti-gay activist group admits trans school ‘harassment’ is fake: […]

  3. […] this revelation lead to the PJI recanting? No. Instead, they have been “clarifying” to many ultra conservative news sites that a trans girl simply using the same bathroom as […]

  4. […] And as Transadvocate editor-in-chief Cristan Williams has pointed out, one of their transparent reasons for pushing this story is its potential effect towards repealing the AB 1266, the School Success and Opportunity Act, through referendum. It’s at that point PJI appeared to back off their original claims somewhat, appearing to redefine what they meant — by how they define — harassment. […]

  5. […] points for their California battle against trans children. While the campaign was proven to be a hoax, it nonetheless resulted in the conservative community calling for the beating death of the […]

  6. If a kid is getting death threats and is at risk of harm because of something an adult has done – and especially if this was done falsely – does the school have a responsibility to report them for endangering a minor? They usually are considered mandated reporters. The threat still appears to exist as some haven’t corrected the misinformation.

    Though – would merely withdrawing it really remove the danger with some of the nuts who have been stirred up with false stories of things this kid didn’t do?

  7. […] kid being around cisgender kids. Furthermore, PJI issued a statement to the TransAdvocate yesterday clarifying the nature of the harassment. In the statement,  PJI asserted the mere presence of a trans person was “inherently […]

  8. DarlieB says:

    RadFems lie! It’s a constant that those claiming to be gender nonconforming conform the most to the gender they claim to hate.

    Did you remove an earlier comment on this same post ?

  9. […] UPDATE: 10/16/2013: PJI finally reveals the nature of the “harassment” […]

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