Toxic anti-transgender online communities

The worst online spaces for trans and gender diverse people are, in order:

USENET

USENET quickly became the service of choice for the worst online trolls of the 20th century. The trans-focused “support” newsgroup alt.support.srs in particular grew so toxic that everyone but the trolls left.

Twitter

Twitter is the service of choice for ragey hacks and a terrible place to get information or discuss anything of substance. Any trans person worth following stopped posting much after about 2013.

Video games and their forums

Games known for anti-trans trolls and griefers who harass trans players include:

  • League of Legends
  • Call of Duty
  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  • Dota 2
  • Overwatch
  • World of Tanks
  • ARK: Survival Evolved
  • World of Warcraft
  • Undertale
  • Minecraft

4chan

This imageboard is favored by anti-trans people on /pol and trancels on /lgbt. Users on /lgbt are often trans-attracted and/or wish to transition but fear rejection. Many have a deep and abiding hatred or contempt for some or all trans people. That hatred is often a pale shadow of their self-hatred. Domains:

  • 4chan.org
  • 4channel.org

reddit

Some subreddits on social media platform reddit are known for toxic views about trans people, including:

  • r/KotakuInAction
  • r/Safeguarding
  • r/politics
  • r/TwoXChromosomes
  • r/PoliticalHumor
  • r/BlockedAndReported
  • r/ChapoTrapHouse (banned)
  • r/CringeAnarchy (banned)
  • r/GenderCritical (banned)
  • r/The_Donald (banned)
  • /r/TumblrInAction (banned)

reddit alternatives

reddit was the service of choice for anti-trans hate for many years. Once they started banning anti-trans subreddits, most notably r/GenderCritical, some of the hate moved elsewhere on the reddit platform, and some moved to new platforms.

  • Voat (2015-2020) domain: voat.co
  • Ovarit (founded 2020) domain: ovarit.com
  • SaidIt (founded 2017) domain: saidit.net

EncyclopÓ•dia Dramatica

Encyclopedia Dramatica is a trolling and doxing site that emerged to catalog LiveJournal drama, which was itself a toxic online community. Its content is so toxic that it has been taken offline many times and had to move domains numerous times since its founding in 2004:

  • encyclopediadramatica.com (2004-2011)
  • encyclopediadramatica.ch (2011-2012)
  • encyclopediadramatica.se (2012)
  • encyclopediadramatica.es (2013)
  • encyclopediadramatica.rs (2017)
  • encyclopediadramatica.wiki (2020)
  • encyclopediadramatica.online (2020)

Kiwi Farms

Another trolling and doxing site with a special section on mocking trans and gender diverse people. The site was founded to mock an autistic person who later came out as transbian, then expanded to anyone they consider “lolcows.”

domain: kiwifarms.net

FeministWiki

This is a sort of Wikipedia of anti-trans views and beliefs.

Domain: feministwiki.org

Bodybuilding forums

A relic of web 1.0, many of these forums have negative attitudes about trans people and rigid views about sex and gender binaries.

Women’s forums

Some forums that started out as women-focused forums on things like parenting or makeup devolved into anti-trans hotbeds. Examples are Mumsnet and Lipstick Alley.

  • mumsnet.com
  • lipstickalley.com

Dating apps

Many dating apps do a terrible job of managing anti-trans harassment.

YouTube comments

If you have a transgender YouTube channel, you should probably set all comments to be held for approval to discourage toxic viewers.