Kensington, West London – Angered by an ad published in a major UK newspaper, trans rights activists trapped the news staff indoors at the newspaper’s headquarters, picketed in front of the building, and threw smoke bombs.
So this is happening outside my office in retaliation to the metro. Massive smoke bomb at the front entrance. Major struggle to get in and out my building. pic.twitter.com/CrSJ5CrNgz
— Layah Heilpern⚡️ (@LHeilpern) October 19, 2018
As the debate over Gender Recognition Certificates grew more heated over the month of October 2018, British newspaper Metro published a full-page ad by Fair Play for Women. Fair Play’s ad declared: “Think About It. #choosereality.”
The ad space was purchased by Fair Play for Women as part of a campaign by the women’s rights organization to preserve the human rights of women as a sex class. Fair Play believes that gender identity laws are canceling out established legislation that safeguards women’s and girls’ human rights.
Around the same time, the Metro also published an ad in support of transgender rights. The pro-trans ad announced:
To all our trans family, colleagues, customers and friends,
We are proud to stand alongside you in the fight for trans equality. We support your right to be yourself and you deserve to be treated with dignity and respect in all parts of your daily life. We will keep playing our part to make that happen and we will send you our support and strength in the face of the hostility directed at you. We are proud to come out for trans equality.
Although with the latter ad, the Metro seemed to eschew the appearance of objectivity and show favor to trans-identified people’s perspective, transgender rights activists decried the Metro as transphobic, denouncing the newspaper for exposing readers to another side of the public debate on gender identity policy.
In retaliation for what they deemed an act of transphobia, a sizable pack of transgender rights activists descended on Metro’s London headquarters. The assembled trans activists created an intimidating atmosphere at the facility, throwing smoke bombs and blocking exits as they picketed.
Frightened newspaper staffers fled the building by a side entrance, before trans activists later found and blocked those doors, as well. Trans activists effectively trapped staff inside of the building and barred others from entering.
Trans activists have set off smoke bombs outside the entrance to Northcliffe House, HQ of the Daily Mail/Metro/Independent. Unclear if they’re protesting against the Mail – or the Metro taking the advert last week – but staff leaving by side entrance.
— Jim Waterson (@jimwaterson) October 19, 2018
Consensus seems to be they’re protesting against The Metro, which took an anti-trans ad last week. Unfortunately Metro print edition staff don’t work Fridays. (The entirely separate Metro website has also had some trouble over the sister paper taking the ad, apparently.)
— Jim Waterson (@jimwaterson) October 19, 2018
Outside Northcliffe House right now. Trans Rights activists protesting against Metro for running a full-page ad attacking transgender rights reforms. pic.twitter.com/s4fAxujdPD
— Agustina Latourrette (@aglatourrette) October 19, 2018
A Pattern of Violence
Transgender rights activists have a pattern of using group violence to silence dissenters.
In September 2017, four biologically male individuals who identify as transgender women viciously attacked a 61-year-old woman, Maria MacLachlan, at Speaker’s Corner. The woman was attending a gathering that was dedicated to discussing the implications of the Gender Recognition Act on women’s rights. Tara Wolf, aged 26, a male model who self-identifies as a woman, was later convicted of physically brutalizing the senior citizen. Mr. Wolf admitted in court that he had posted on Twitter his express intention to go to the location to beat up women who disagreed with his belief in gender identity ideology.
In an April 2018 incident, a large gang of transgender rights activists wearing masks blocked the entrances and staircases at a venue that was hosting a community meeting to discuss the impact of the Gender Recognition Act on existing laws safeguarding women’s rights. The large gang refused to permit the guests to enter the venue. As the women attempted to capture the gang’s bullying on video, the bullies viciously shoved the women’s recording devices.
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As Waterson added, smoke bombs were also allegedly thrown during the protests and filled the entrance of Northcliffe House. Staff from the building left through a side entrance. Others posted videos and photos of protesters outside the building.