Anthony Halliday is an obese 45-year-old man who, in 2007, began “identifying” as a woman, calling himself “Stephanie Hayden.” Because so-called “self-identification” has obtained the protection of law in England, this has the effect of empowering deranged perverts like Halliday/“Hayden” to harass anyone who refuses to participate in their “gender” delusions. Earlier this year, Halliday/“Hayden” was granted a Gender Recognition Certificate, which means that anyone in England who doesn’t acknowledge his self-declared female identity is at risk of criminal punishment. This has made him/“her” a Grand Inquisitor:
Mr. Hayden regularly threatens gender identity disbelievers with civil or criminal lawsuits, or attempts to have them ousted from their careers.
In September 2018, Mr. Hayden attempted to get academics who don’t believe in gender identity ideology fired from Sussex University, denouncing the academic institution as a “temple of transgender hate.” . . .
That same month, Mr. Hayden joined Adrian Harrop and other transgender rights activists in a successful campaign to take down a billboard in Liverpool that showcased the Google definition of the word “woman” as “adult human female.” That billboard was a “symbol that makes transgender people feel unsafe,” Dr. Harrop complained. . . .
Still in September, when . . . award-winning comedy writer, Graham Linehan, engaged in critical analysis and debate on the topic of gender identity ideology on Twitter, Mr. Hayden allegedly posted details, including business addresses, of Mr. Linehan’s wife’s company. Mr. Linehan claimed in a Times interview that Mr. Hayden’s alleged doxxing of his wife was an attempt to silence him . . .
Mr. Linehan, believing Mr. Hayden to be a “dangerous troll,” posted on Twitter to his 672,000 followers Mr. Hayden’s aliases and examples of Mr. Hayden’s online activity . . .
In October 2018, Mr. Hayden responded by filing a complaint with law enforcement against Mr. Linehan for “transphobic harassment” . . .
Mr. Hayden’s case made history, becoming the first “deadnaming” case in a UK court. “A [Gender Recognition Certificate] holder has a right to confidentiality in respect of their previous gender identity. If a person acts in an official capacity and discloses such information it is actually a criminal offence under s.22 Gender Recognition Act 2004,” Mr. Hayden explained . . .
West Yorkshire Police issued Mr. Linehan a verbal warning not to contact Mr. Hayden. Mr. Hayden is proceeding against Mr. Linehan in a civil suit for harassment, defamation and misuse of private information.
Do you see what happens when we permit the rhetoric of “civil rights” to be hijacked by lunatics and perverts? Graham Linehan never sought to interfere with Halliday’s fetish of wearing women’s clothing and pretending to be a woman named “Stephanie.” Rather, it is the bullying behavior of “transgender activism” which brought Halliday/“Hayden” to public attention and prompted Linehan’s criticism.
Thanks to British laws on “gender recognition,” however, any criticism of transgender ideology is now treated as criminal “harassment,” and the law is being used to terrorize critics into silence. It’s like Winston Smith in Nineteen Eighty-Four being forced to say 2 + 2 = 5.
Americans should take notice of what is happening in England. If your state or local authorities attempt to impose transgender “equality” by law, your free-speech rights could soon be similarly infringed.