A transgender rights activist who reported a British Christian journalist to the police for “misgendering” her teenage child has withdrawn her complaint.
Susie Green, who leads the transgender advocacy group Mermaids, decided to drop her complaint against Caroline Farrow, a Catholic commentator and writer for the U.K. Catholic Herald, because the media coverage, she said, was misrepresenting what had happened, the Guardian reported Wednesday.
“If I had continued my complaint then [Farrow] would have continued to have a platform to spread misinformation about what actually happened,” Green said in an interview on BBC2’s Victoria Derbyshire program.
“Being involved in an investigation would have meant that I couldn’t talk.”
Surrey police contacted Farrow earlier this week and asked her to present herself at the station for an interrogation on caution over tweets she wrote about Green and her 20-year-old child, a biological male who identifies as female and goes by the name “Jackie.”
The police were investigating whether she had violated the Malicious Communications Act, which makes it a crime “to send messages that are indecent or grossly offensive, threatening, or contain information which is false or believed to be false, if the purpose for sending it is to cause distress or anxiety.”
Farrow said Tuesday that she did not remember what her tweets said, but noted that she likely said “son” or used male pronouns. The only thing that the police told her was that she was being interviewed for “misgendering.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Brandon Showalter