Arizona Education Dept. promotes sex and gender chat rooms for kids
One chatroom website allows users to quickly change pages to keep the conversations private.
The Arizona Department of Education (ADE) is directing students as young as 10 to online chat rooms to discuss sex and gender without parental consent.
Q Chat Space is sponsored by Planned Parenthood and LGBT+ organizations PFLAG and CenterLink. Discussions This chat room is open to teenagers aged 13 to 19. The website contains banner at the bottom with the words "Click/tap here for a quick escape.." which directs users to Google, allowing them to quickly change pages to keep the conversations private.
Topics of discussion range from "Beasts of the Wild: Favorite Animal Open Discussion" to "Cryptids and Creepy Pasta" and one for "anyone who identifies as a Person Of Color."
The Gender Spectrum chatroom is open for 10-year-old children up to adults. Its partners include education materials organization Pearson and groups such as the Biden Foundation.
Both chat rooms do not verify the age of the participants beyond asking for birthdays on the sign-up forms.
The Daily Wire reported that it contacted the ADE about the chatrooms, but the department did not respond as of press time.
Democratic ADE Superintendent Kathy Hoffman seems to have fulfilled a campaign promise through the chatrooms. She advocated for LGBT+ policies and "support groups" while running for office in 2018.