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Queer Teen Attacked by Matt Gaetz Raises $700K for Abortion Care

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Florida about her appearance, a queer activist from Texas has gotten the last laugh. In addition to clapping back hard, she has raised more than $700K to support abortion care.Olivia Julianna, a political strategist for Gen-Z for Change, a social justice advocacy group led by young people, revealed to The Advocate that she wasn’t prepared for her overnight success but appreciated it.

She uses her first and middle names publicly for privacy concerns.“I’m in shock at the amount of support that we’ve gotten from people across the country,” she says.Julianna says she could never have imagined the level of impact she will have had with her deft navigation of the situation that Gaetz inadvertently made possible.As of midday Thursday, donations to a fundraiser she established were $3,000 short of $700,000, she says.“I would like to say thank you to him for giving me such a big platform to share my message and share my work with,” she says.The activist launched the fundraiser for the nonprofit organization’s abortion fund after being body-shamed by Gaetz on Twitter.

Julianna had responded to remarks Gaetz made last weekend. The congressman mocked abortion rights activists, calling them “disgusting” and overweight.

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