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Queer Trans Project Group Sends "Build-a-Queer" Kits and Weapons to Minors Without Parental Consent

A Florida-based Trans activist group called the Queer Trans Project (QTP) “secretly shipped dozens of weapons and hundreds of sex-change kits to children in 45 states across the country,” according to reporting from the Epoch Times. The “Build-a-Queer kits” contain artificial male genitalia, breast binders, condoms, Tampax, tucking tape, and more.

The “Trans Self-Defense Kits” were sent out by Thorn, a group promoting a “self-defense project based in Chicago that works to arm and protect Black & Brown trans folks.” Those kits allegedly contained “a knife, taser, steel baton, pepper spray and instructions on how to use each weapon.” Priority was given to black prostitutes for the weapons kits, according to QTP founder Cielo Sunsarae.

Kits Are Free of Charge, No Parental Consent Required

No parental consent is required to receive the kits and the kits are all free of charge. Sunsarae is featured in a video describing how minors can "safely and discreetly recieve mail" without parental knowledge. Sunsarae suggests several "privacy" options for minors; obtaining a P.O. Box, requesting that kits be sent to a friend, family member, or teacher’s address, putting someone else’s name on the package, having packages held at the post office, or adding tracking to the kits to intercept more easily from parents.

The website states that "900+ Build-a-Queer” kits have been sent out nationwide. It also states they are “overwhelmed” with orders. The kits for both Transmasculine and “Transfeminine” individuals feature “binders for anyone,” trans tape, bras, underwear, and artificial male genitalia called the “Easy Squeezy Soft 4-inch Soft Packer,” depending on individual needs. It is ILLEGAL in the state of Florida to provide pornographic material to minors.

The organization has a “VIP Cutie text club” that individuals can join to be notified about new items and restocks. BIPOC individuals get 30 minutes early “stress-free” access to texts and shopping deals. Most of the content of their kits seems to come from local businesses in Jacksonville, Florida where QTP is located.

Build-a-Queer Kits for Kids

The kits also contain books, stickers, games, and other materials that appeal to younger audiences. Kit materials and video content can be viewed on the Queer Trans Project Instagram or TikTok accounts. Sunsarae’s TikTok account has almost 75k followers. Featured are graphic videos and pictures showing the individuals who have completed “top surgeries.” There are many videos showing graphic details of their recovery process. There is also content offering tutorials of individuals injecting Testosterone.

In addition to its kits, the organization also offers help with the costs of travel for gender-affirming care treatments. Called the Gender-Affirming Care Flights program, the program partners with a volunteer pilot network that “anonymously flies people in private aircraft at no cost to access gender-affirming care.” The site also features a blog covering sex education, suggestions for LGBTQ Shows and Movies, community articles, and important updates for the LGBTQ+ community. QTP is two years old, and its mission is to provide “gender-empowering resources to LGBTQ+ individuals worldwide.” The site boasts of having “distributed $6,000 in gender-affirming care dollars to Black trans people in addition to the kits.”

NGOs, Grants, and Partners

QTP partners with Translifeline, an organization that has raised over $1.5 million for individuals, including minors, in the trans community. They supply “microgrants” for official name changes, “incarcerated trans folks,” and Gender Affirming Hair Removal. Translifeline also provides immigration services. The organization distributed $101,000 to three organizations to “support immigration costs, including updating names on official documents, legal fees, and asylum processes.”

QTP's "annual report" posted on instagram shows that it also received $35,000 in grants from the Peace Development Fund, the Groundswell Fund, the Campaign for Southern Equality, and the Trans Justice Fund.

Sunsarae says he doesn’t rely on the government for his grants. He says his organization is non-profit but doesn’t “technically” have 501(c)(3) status, whatever that means. He said in a video interview that the government can suck it because we are going to give [trans individuals] their resources anyway.”

The Florida Board of Medicine banned sex change surgeries and treatments in 2022. The state is also in the process of considering a bill that would “grant courts state temporary emergency jurisdiction over a child who has been subjected to or is threatened with being subjected to sex-reassignment prescriptions or procedures.” According to reporting from Epoch Times, “lawmakers in 12 states have banned child sex-change procedures, while nineteen more states have similar bills moving through the process.” However, the justice department is challenging legislation in several states, including Tennessee.

For the realities behind "gender affirming" treatments and surgeries, please refer to our partner The Paradox Institute.

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