Etsy Retailers Sell Violent Trans Merch After Nashville Shooting

Online marketplace Etsy maintains a policy against retailers promoting violence or hatred–and often bans sellers who violate that policy–but a new report indicates that they are making an exception in the name of trans rights. Just one week after transgender shooter Audrey Hale killed six people in a Christian elementary school, retailers on the e-commerce website are profiting from trans-themed merchandise, threatening violence against those who disagree with the ideology.

“Respect my pronouns or yours will be was/were,” says one sweatshirt being sold on the site.

“Armed queers bash back,” reads a pride flag emblazoned with an AK-47 rifle.

According to a report by Mairead Elordi of The Daily Wire, Etsy currently hosts dozens of listings for clothing, stickers, and household items decorated with pro-trans violent messaging.

“Protect Trans Kids,” says another shirt alongside three knives.

“Turn TERFs into turf,” reads a bumper sticker.

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“Respect gender pronouns or I will identify as a problem.”

“Respect my pronouns or die by my sword,” threatens one listing.

“We’re here. We’re queer. I have a brick,” says the label of a candle.

According to the report, some retailers have found enormous success selling their merchandise, with at least one totaling 19,000 sales.

Etsy claims to maintain a policy against selling merchandise that “promotes, supports, or glorifies hatred or violence towards protected groups,” and has not been afraid to enforce its policy in the past. Retailers regularly receive permanent suspensions from the online marketplace, including evolutionary biologist Dr. Colin Wright.

Dr. Wright received his permanent suspension last year after listing several mugs, hats, and shirts that Etsy described as “demeaning and disparaging” towards the trans community. Wright, who hosts the news site Reality’s Last Stand, captioned his merchandise with that title, along with the symbols for male and female. He lost his online shop without warning from the platform.

Since [Etsy] couldn’t find any products I sold that violated their policies, they decided to simply issue me a permanent ban out of the blue for political reasons while insisting I’m a bigot who promotes hate and glorifies violence. This is completely absurd.”

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Violent pro-trans rhetoric has been on the rise in the wake of the March 27 Nashville shooting. Groups like the Trans Radical Activist Network (TRAN) had planned for a “Trans Day of Vengeance” in early April before quietly rebranding to the “Trans Day of Visibility.” The group has fundraised recently to support firearms training for trans activists.

An organizer for TRAN, however, defended their group’s choice of words in a statement to The Daily Mail,

“Vengeance means fighting back with vehemence. We are fighting against false narratives, criminalization, and eradication of our existence.”

Just hours after the shooting, Arizona governor Katie Hobbs’s spokesman tweeted a post joking about gun violence towards “transphobes.” She later resigned under pressure. Democrats have yet to call for any de-escalation in the face of mounting violent rhetoric.

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