Welsh feminist Jennifer Swayne was arrested in Newport for transphobic hate crime, on charges of criminal damage and unlawful posting.
The police had received reports of offensive' material distributed around the city. Swayne has been accused of disseminating anti-transgender' messages. She defended herself by saying that the stickers and posters she put up were not anti-transgender but simply in support of women.
Fair Cop, an association that defends freedom of speech, offered to provide legal assistance in the event of legal proceedings.
Jennifer Swayne was detained for almost 24 hours, her home was searched, stickers on women's rights and a book were confiscated containing a collection of critical essays on children with gender dysphoria.
The stickers and posters put up by Swayne contained messages such as "no men in women's prisons"., "human beings never change sex., "no child is born in the wrong body', "Woman = adult human female' e "Would you be happy if your 13-year-old daughter took a shower next to a grown man, yes or no?'.
These messages were deemed offensive.
According to the police these messages could have 'caused harassment, alarm or distress'. Accused of hate crimes, Swayne stated that it is his 'thoughts that are being investigated' rather than his actions.
'When my house was searched,' he said, 'I noticed that a book was taken by the police. A book edited by Heather Brunskell-Evans on GC children. Era full of my notes. It is my thought that is being investigated, not material facts, not actions, but my thought.
The book "Transgender children and young people: born in their own bodies'. is a collection of essays critiquing the theory and practice on transgender children edited by Dr. M. M. M. M. M. M.. Heather Brunskell-Evans. A social theorist and advocate of women's rights, Brunskell-Evans has always been critical of gender identity policies, particularly with regard to young adults and children.
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