A user-made Google map tracking over 500 pediatric gender clinics that have sprouted up all over North America in recent years was removed by Google last week. A spokesperson for Google said the map violated their policies on “harassment.”
Alix Aharon, the creator of the Gender Mapping Project, which was created using the Google Maps “My Maps” feature, which allows users to create custom maps, said she noticed it was deactivated on Friday, September 30. Aharon shared a notice she received to Twitter from Google that said her map violated their “Harrassment, Bullying and Threats policy.”
Aharon is a founding member of Partners for Ethical Care, a “mother-led movement to educate the world about gender ideology and protect children,” Aharon told The Daily Wire. She is also on the Board of the Women’s Liberation Front (WoLF), a legal network and advocacy group that aims to protect the rights of women.
“They don’t want people to know how many gender clinics exist. They don’t want people to know there’s hundreds,” said Aharon, who claimed she and her colleagues have called over 500 pediatric gender clinics to confirm their existence before placing them on the map.
A trans-identified biological male named Erin Reed created a map in 2019 to help people find clinics that prescribe cross-sex hormones, which inspired Aharon to create her own in 2021. While both maps track gender clinics across the country containing virtually the same data points, only Reed’s map was permitted to remain visible on Google.
Last month, new attention was brought to the Gender Mapping Project by activist and trans-identifying biological male Alejandra Carabello, calling for its removal.
“I’ve held back publicizing this but Google has failed to act and is actively putting people in harms way,” Carabello tweeted on September 25. “Anti trans activists have created a map of LGBTQ community centers, gender affirming care clinics, and non profit orgs. This is a page out of the anti abortion playbook.”
This prompted far-Left online publications LGBTQ Nation and Them to write articles suggesting that users of the Google map might be motivated to “intimidate, harass, or commit violence against” the providers of gender-related treatments on minors.
Aharon said that activists have repeatedly tried to pressure Google to take her map down. “They’ve done these attacks in the past, they’ve attempted to have it taken down for years,” she said, adding, “It does appear that Google did try to hold out at first, but they eventually gave in.”
“After reviewing this map, we’ve found it to be in violation of our policies and have removed it from My Maps,” a Google spokesperson told The Daily Wire. “We have clear policies that prohibit the use of My Maps for harassment, and when we find content and determine that it violates these policies, we remove it.”
“I didn’t have a chance to even put my case forward,” Aharon told The Daily Wire. Aharon said she has made copies of the map in its entirety, which she plans to re-upload to her website in the future.
Reporting by The Daily Wire.