Chis Elston – also known as “Billboard Chris” – has travelled across North America since 2020, engaging in conversations with people about gender ideology. He challenges the widespread beliefs that children can be “born into the wrong body” and should be allowed to have experimental and damaging puberty blockers, opposite-sex hormones, and surgeries.
He spent time at Portland State University this week, wearing his trademark sandwich board that reads, “Children cannot consent to puberty blockers.”
Gender idealogues were traumatized when faced with an opposing viewpoint, so PSU President Stephen Percy sent out a notice offering comfort and solace, The Post Millennial reported. The president explained that the campus Queer Resource Center (QRC) offered “many resources and opportunities to connect and show support,” including:
Next week the QCR will also host “Trans and Gender Expansive Celebration and Community Hour” Monday-Friday 12pm-1pm in the QRC. Cotton candy, temporary tattoos, and coloring will be available.
No, this was not a fun fair for children.
The letter points to the harmful effects of “anti-trans bills in legislatures across the country” that could harm the tender psyches of students, faculty and staff. Percy assured them that the university was “committed to being a safe space for all members of the LGBTQIA+ community to learn and thrive.”
The university was referencing legislation that protects people, such as “Save Girls Sports” bills, which safeguard women’s and girls sports and their privacy in locker rooms and showers, and “Help Not Harm” measures, which protect children from dangerous, experimental physical interventions.
But the letter calls these good, protective measures “anti-trans bills.” Here’s the full message:
Portland State University President Stephen Percy indicates there will be no criticism of trans ideology allowed on campus.
Instead, "cotton candy, temporary tattoos, and coloring will be available" and expanded "Trans Days of Resistance" scheduled. pic.twitter.com/EmTGIWWbF3
— Michael Weingrad (@weingradmichael) April 29, 2023
The QRC joined in and sent out a notice, calling students to “a radical act of resistance” which consisted of ignoring and disengaging “from the provocateurs,” i.e., Billboard Chris. The center also invited students, faculty and staff to participate in its comforting daily gatherings with “cotton candy, crafts, temporary tattoos and community.”
So who is this provocateur causing so much distress that beleaguered students are driven to cotton candy and temporary tattoos?
On his website, the Canadian agitator introduces himself and his mission:
Hello, I’m Chris.
I’m a father of two girls and I decided to take a stand against gender ideology. Children should be free to be who they are — not indoctrinated to believe they were born in the wrong body.
Puberty blockers are the first step in a medical pathway that brings physical harm to children. We are lied to about the effects of these drugs, and the cross-sex hormones which almost always follow.
As the High Court in England laid out, children cannot give informed consent to these harmful, life-altering drugs.
Our politicians refuse to listen, and our media refuse to report, so I’m having conversations across North America, one person at a time.
This tweet, with a short video of Elston explaining his mission, is pinned on his Twitter feed, where he has almost 243,000 followers:
Thank you SO MUCH to my new friend on Prince Edward Island, who put together this great video about what I’m up to. ❤️
Keep having conversations about the harm coming to kids indoctrinated by gender ideology. pic.twitter.com/iuPmumHKP2
— Billboard Chris 🇨🇦🇺🇸 (@BillboardChris) August 10, 2021
Essayist Wesley Yang profiled Billboard Chris in September 2022, noting the price Elston has paid for trying to engage in dialogue with people:
Over the last two years, Billboard Chris has been assaulted twenty times while protesting against the use of puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and gender surgeries on children on the streets of North American cities.
In one encounter in Vancouver, his arm was broken.
Despite this, Chris has made a decision to not fight back, except by capturing attackers on video and trying to get police to prosecute.
At Portland State, Elston was attacked again, as one activist screamed obscenities at him and another stole his cellphone:
PSU- @BillboardChris has been assaulted for the third time with the trans activist on the bike taking his phone and throwing it while another slaps trans stickers on his sign pic.twitter.com/nYbe1a2QyQ
— Savanah Hernandez (@sav_says_) May 3, 2023
It’s sad that some university students are so fragile they can’t meet an opposing argument with reasonable dialogue. Identity politics creates a class of permanent victims, and it’s reprehensible that our academic institutions have been overtaken by this ideology.
Elston is doing very good work, stirring up awareness of how gender ideology in education confuses and sexualizes children and explaining the dangers of using experimental drugs, hormones and surgeries on minors – who really don’t have the capacity to give consent.
Kudos to Billboard Chris as he speaks truth about transgenderism and encourages others to take a stand against this destructive dogma.
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