Monkeypox: World Health Organisation declares global health emergency
The spread of the monkeypox virus predominantly among men who have sex with men has seen a swell in the wave of far-right homophobia.
Outbreaks of the virus have been recorded across the world and the World Health Organisation (WHO) recently declared monkeypox a global health emergency.
With the majority of cases appearing among men who have sex with men, the far-right is using the virus as a prop with which to promote their narrative that the LGBTQ community are “groomers”.
The anti-LGTBQ slur is used by homophobes who wrongly equate queer people with paedophiles, according to the Daily Dot.
Some have also wrongly stated that monkeypox is sexually transmitted, when in fact, it can be passed via respiratory droplets during prolonged face-to-face contact, through contact with infectious scabs, rashes, and bodily fluids, or by touching clothing or items that have touched infected fluids or scabs.
Among the far-right, some prominent figures are weaponising their willful ignorance to further the harmful “groomer” narrative, especially since some children have tested positive for monkeypox.
Republican Congresswoman, Marjorie Taylor-Greene tweeted: “If Monkeypox is a sexually transmitted disease, why are kids getting it?”
But many other people took to Twitter to correct the lies that are being spread and are causing potential harm to the LGBTQ+ community.
Former Ohio State Senator, Nina Turner, shared a screengrab of MTG’s tweet and explained: “This is the danger of calling monkeypox an STD and linking it to the gay community.
“It’s not true, but conservatives will use this as an excuse to commit violent acts against the LGBTQIA+ community.
“We must stand up for our LGBTQIA+ family and push back.”
\u201cThis is the danger of calling monkeypox an STD and linking it to the gay community. It\u2019s not true, but conservatives will use this as an excuse to commit violent acts against the LGBTQIA+ community.\n\nWe must stand up for our LGBTQIA+ family and push back.\u201d