Eventbrite Censors Event Featuring Detransitioners
Eventbrite is a widely used event management and ticketing platform. Through it, the Palmetto Family Council (PFC), a South Carolina nonprofit Christian policy organization, was set to host a discussion featuring Chloe Cole, a teenage detransitioner, to warn about the dangers of transgender surgeries. However, Eventbrite canceled the event on the grounds of a corporate policy violation, claiming the event was “hateful, violent, and dangerous.”
The cancelation email Eventbrite sent to PFC also stated, “[S]evere or repeated violations of our community guidelines may result in the suspension or termination of your Eventbrite account.” In response, PFC stated they were “censored for taking a stand against the LGBTQ+ progressive agenda.” They also shared, “We will continue to fight against the radical LGBTQ+ agenda, censorship from big tech and cultural elites, and fight for Christian conservative values in every sphere.”
This is one of many conservative events that Eventbrite has canceled. In September 2022, The Daily Wire released Matt Walsh’s documentary, “What Is a Woman?” and Eventbrite deplatformed the scheduled screening of it. Additionally, in July of this year, a conservative women’s event designed to allow women to speak on women’s rights was deemed as “hate speech” by Eventbrite, and they unpublished the event.
Despite Eventbrite kicking the event off their platform, PFC still plans to host Cole on November 6. According to the description, PFC aims “to stop the insanity and fight against the irreversible harm of the mutilation [of] minors in South Carolina and across the country.” Cole is also being censored for speaking out. Instagram restricted her account, claiming it does “not follow … Recommendations Guidelines.”
In response to the controversy over her appearance, Cole posted, “Eventbrite has been carrying water for child mutilation agendas and silencing the voices of detransitioners for as long as we’ve been speaking out about our experiences.”
Many are bringing attention to this matter by sharing their disapproval of the platform’s bias. Some are saying, “[Eventbrite] does not support healthy children.” Others shared that Eventbrite supports “the mutilation of children and cancel[s] victims of this abuse from warning others.”
Meg Kilgannon, senior fellow for Education Studies at Family Research Council, commented to The Washington Stand, “Trans activists love to complain to sympathetic companies like Eventbrite to silence people who speak out against the transgender agenda.” She explained how this often has a ripple effect, which then leads to “additional hassles for pro-family groups coming together to protect children.”
“People who have detranstioned are also deplatformed,” she explained. “This is nothing more than rank bullying by people who brand themselves as victims of bullying. We need to call attention to these cases and support businesses who respect their customers.”
Sarah Holliday is a reporter at The Washington Stand.