Fem­i­nist group faces po­lice in­quiry over pe­nis stick­ers

The Daily Telegraph - - News - By Joel Adams

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.”

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