Feminist group faces police inquiry over penis stickers
FEMINIST activists are facing a police investigation for posting stickers that say “Women don’t have penises”.
Pink stickers in the shape of crudelydrawn penises have appeared in prominent public places in Liverpool and London.
Earlier this month some were photographed outside the offices of LGBT charity Stonewall in London, and yesterday in Liverpool, stickers were plastered on a tourist information board and a cast-iron sculpture by Antony Gormley at Crosby Beach.
A pressure group called Liverpool Resisters has taken responsibility for the stickers. In a statement the group said: “Women don’t have penises. This is not hate speech, it is not transphobia, it is a simple statement of biological fact.”
Merseyside police have said they are making inquiries into the matter, after online campaigners reported that the stickers constituted hate speech.
Joe Anderson, Liverpool’s mayor, said the stickers would be removed and
‘There is a strong push to demonise trans women in the UK and I really worry where it’s going’
council authorities would work with police to identify those responsible.
On Twitter a trans-rights activist claimed the stickers were “an attempt to scare and intimidate the trans community”.
Mr Anderson responded: “I am not aware of the group. We will remove stickers and work with the police to identify those responsible.
“Remember, though, Liverpool takes #PRIDE in its diversity and history of fighting for equality for all. We love all our trans residents and all our LGBT community.”
The group was formed two months ago and has just 15 members. A representative, speaking on condition of anonymity, told The Daily Telegraph: “We expected there to be a backlash but we didn’t expect it to escalate so quickly.”
Sarah Brown, a trans woman on the Trans Advisory Group working with LGBT charity Stonewall told Pinknews: “These stickers are puerile and disgusting. There is a strong push to demonise trans women in the UK and I really worry where it’s going.”