Twitch bans trans streamer Keffals for speaking out about violence

Streamer Clara "Keffals" Sorrenti appears on YouTube during a Twitch ban.

Screenshot: YouTube/Keffals/Kotaku

Trans streamer Clara “Keffals” Sorrenti made a name for herself on Twitch as a vocal advocate for LGBTQ+ issues in late February this year after Texas Gov. investigate child abuse by parents of transgender children. Now Sorrenti says she was banned for a month for trying to show past examples of the hateful insults she receives during a recent live stream.

“My account was massively complained about before I even started and got banned from Twitch,” she said. tweeted July 18. “Instead, I will stream on YouTube. You can’t fucking stop me.” On Thursday, she announced that Twitch had denied her appeal and the ban would be in effect for 28 days. “Twitch has banned one of the biggest transgender streamers on its website for speaking openly about the abuse they receive.” she wrote. “I don’t understand how they managed to screw up so badly.

Sorrenti and Twitch did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

According to Sorrenti, the Twitch ban was for “repeated hateful insults or symbols.” She said the insults existed in the live broadcast thumbnail and depicted past comments about her. Before the channel was suspended, the planned Twitch broadcast was apparently meant to be about how controversial political streamer Stephen “Destiny” Bonnell allegedly used his fans and users on the Kiwi Farms hate forum to badger her. Now she is editing this stream so that it appears on YouTube.

How Washington Post informedSorrenti rose to prominence on Twitch, highlighting and exposing the new wave of right-wing attacks on transgender people and the queer community in general. Ridiculing everything from Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” school bill to conspiracies that the Uvalde, Texas shooter was transgender, Sorrenti has blasted conservatives and centrists and picked fights with everyone from J.K. Rowling to the r/Conservative subreddit. And, of course, other political streamers like Bonnell.

“I don’t think the politeness policy works when I’m talking to people who don’t even consider me human,” she said. Washington Post Earlier this year.

Bonnell has been banned from Twitch several times, and earlier this year he was permanently removed from the platform after trying to argue white supremacist Nick Fuentes, who in turn was banned indefinitely back in 2019. Bonnell also suggested that his indefinite ban could also be due to his transphobic views of trans women competing in sports.

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