A very PC force’s links to trans charity
SUSIE Green’s powerful transgender lobby group has forged close links with a police force behind a series of hate crime investigations.
West Yorkshire Police launched probes into an award-winning TV writer, a mother of four and a transsexual man following complaints from Mermaids.
But The Mail on Sunday can reveal that the force received ‘training sessions’ from Mermaids, which supports medical intervention for transgender children.
West Yorkshire Police has promoted Mermaids’ work, tweeting one of its leaflets. Mermaids has also advised Merseyside Police, NHS staff, social workers, the Scouts and student nurses.
One West Yorkshire officer, Inspector David Harland, declared himself on social media to be a ‘trans ally’, adding that he was dedicated to ‘doing all I can for the trans community’.
In February last year, West Yorkshire sent officers to Wiltshire to investigate a mother of four following a complaint by Ms Green.
Echoing the Caroline Farrow case, Kellie-Jay Keen-Minshull was questioned on suspicion of a malicious communications offence after Ms Green reported her for tweeting that Ms Green had illegally ‘castrated’ her ‘son’ by allowing him to have sex change surgery in Thailand at 16.
In April 2018, the force received another complaint, this time from Mermaid volunteer Helen Islan.
She claimed that transsexual Miranda Yardley, who has had gender reassignment surgery, had ‘outed’ Ms Islan’s transgender son by tweeting a picture of Ms Islan with her family, which included the child. West Yorkshire referred this incident to police in Essex, where Ms Yardley lives.
In a third case, West Yorkshire officers gave Graham Linehan, co-creator of the hit TV comedy Father Ted, a verbal harassment warning when transgender activist Stephanie Hayden reported him for referring to her as ‘he’ on Twitter.
A force spokeswoman said it was ‘committed to ensuring that anyone who feels targeted due to race, sexual orientation, religion, disability or gender identity is listened to’.
FLYING THE FLAG: Inspector David Harland calls himself a ‘trans ally’