If you are one of those who believes that the transgender movement is about tolerance rather than a totalitarian takeover, you have not been reading the news these past few years.
Back in 2018, a 38-year-old mother was arrested in Hertfordshire, U.K., at her home in front of her ten-year-old autistic daughter and 20-month-old still-breastfeeding son — for having an argument with a transgender activist on Twitter and “misgendering.” She was detained, photographed, fingerprinted, and locked up for seven hours.
Then there was Marion Miller, an accountant and mother of autistic twin boys. She was charged with “hate speech” under the Malicious Communications Act for tweets disagreeing with transgender ideology posted in 2019 and 2020 and could have faced two years in prison. The charges were not finally dropped until late 2021.
And on Sunday, January 23 of this year, the Gwent Police arrested 53-year-old disabled women’s rights campaigner Jennifer Swayne, detaining her for over 12 hours and releasing after 3:00 a.m. for defending biological sex against gender ideology.
They subsequently raided her house, taking posters and stickers deemed “offensive” by trans activists with phrases such as “no child is born in the wrong body,” “humans never change sex,” “no men in women’s prison,” and “Woman=Adult Human Female.”
The police also confiscated a collection of essays edited by Dr. Heather Brunskell-Evans and Professor Michele Moore titled Transgender Children and Young People: Born in Your Own Body. Swayne accused the police of “Stasi” tactics and told the press she’d been “arrested for a hate crime” and accused of being an “exceptional threat” to transgender people.
The police claimed that they received six complaints about Swayne’s stickers and posters regarding their “abusive writing likely to cause harassment, alarm, or distress.” Swayne posted her own perspective on Twitter:
Yesterday Sunday 23rd/01/22 I was arrested for hate crime. Gwent police saw me as an exceptional threat to the T community by posting stickers and posters that did not mention T once. They were feminist in content and, I felt, pleasingly informative to women and concerned.
When my house was raided, it has come to my attention that a BOOK was taken by the police. A book edited by Heather Brunskell-Evans on GC children. It was crammed with my notes. MY THINKING IS BEING INVESTIGATED- not things, not materials, not actions my actual thinking.
Fair Cop, a free speech organization, has stated that the Gwent Police are guilty of “unlawful interference” and has offered to provide Swayne with legal aid in the case should she need it. On Twitter, Fair Cop announced: “We have our legal team in place. We will be setting up a donation platform in the next few days. In the meantime, we have paid costs and will be bringing our A Team. You picked on the wrong people.”
Jennifer Swayne has been released on conditional bail and is still being investigated. As the Daily Mail observed: “She is the latest in a series of women, men and campaigners who have been labelled as ‘anti-trans’ after expressing their views or publishing works which challenge the status quo.”
Originally published at The Bridgehead