HMI Closes Twitter Accounts in Response to Rollback of LGBTQIA+ Harassment Protections
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
APRIL 26, NEW YORK, NY
Hetrick-Martin Institute will be closing its Twitter account effective immediately after learning the social media platform quietly removed a portion of its hateful conduct policy that protected transgender people from targeted misgendering and deadnaming.
Twitter has become an increasingly hostile and hate speech environment, and we feel this move is in the best interest of our young people and staff. We stand in solidarity with our colleagues and other LGBTQIA+ organizations who have followed suit, in response to this rollback of harassment protections and anti-LGBTQIA+ sentiment from Twitter leadership.
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About Hetrick-Martin Institute
Hetrick-Martin Institute (HMI) is proud to be the nation’s oldest and largest organization helping gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA+) youth between the ages of 13 and 24 to reach their full potential. Through a comprehensive package of direct services and referrals, the organization fosters healthy youth development. HMI’s staff promotes excellence in the delivery of youth services and uses its expertise to create innovative programs that other organizations may use as models. HMI serves a diverse community, the vast majority of whom identify as Black or people of color. The youth organization is dedicated to building its approach to diversity, equity, and inclusion at all levels, throughout its operations and functions.