A billboard with the definition of a woman written on it has been removed after a Twitter activist complained it was ‘transphobic.’
Feminist blogger Kellie-Jay Keen- Minshull raised £700 for the poster to be put up in Liverpool for a fortnight to coincide with the Labour Party conference, The Times reports.
The poster, on the side of the old Gaumont cinema on Gredington Street in Toxteth, Liverpool, bore the Google definition of a woman – ‘adult human female.’
But it was removed after Dr Adrian Harrop, 31, who is not transgender, complained to billboard company Primesight that it would serve to make transgender women feel unsafe.
Feminist blogger Kellie-Jay Keen- Minshull (pictured) raised £700 for the poster to be put up in Liverpool for a fortnight
‘This is a reminder to them that this transphobic hate group is observing them and scrutinising their presence in public life,’ Dr Harrop, who lives with his husband in sunderland, told the newspaper.
‘It creates an atmosphere that makes transgender citizens of Liverpool feel unsafe and unwelcome in their own city.’
In a tweet to Primesight CEO Naren Patel and other company executives on Saturday, he accused them of being complicit in ‘the spread of transphobic hate speech.’
He also alleged that the group behind the campaign is a ‘transphobic hate group.’
Standing for Women is a pressure group which maintains that only people born as women can be called women.
But it was removed after Dr Adrian Harrop (pictured) complained to billboard company Primesight that it would serve to make transgender women feel unsafe
The poster, on the side of the old Gaumont cinema on Gredington Street in Toxteth, Liverpool, bore the Google definition of a woman – ‘adult human female’
‘Are you aware that ‘Human Females’ – aka ‘Standing For Women’ – is a transphobic hate group, disguising itself in an adulterated version of feminism in order to spread its propaganda & hate speech w/ impunity?’ he wrote in another tweet to Primesight.
Hours later, Primesight confirmed the billboards would be taken down that evening.
In a statement in response to Dr Harrop, Primesight said they were unware of the motive behind the campaign and said the order had been placed through their automated booking system.
‘At first glance, this copy did not raise a red flag the way it should have done,’ it added.
‘Hands up, we have been misled by this campaign’s messaging.
Hours after Dr Harrop’s complaint, Primesight confirmed the billboards would be taken down that evening
Mrs Keen- Minshull, 44, who blogs under the name Posie Parker, blasted the decision to take the poster down as ‘absurd’ and ‘Orwellian’
‘Thanks to you, this campaign has been halted and the poster would be removed from our billboards as soon as possible.
‘As you pointed out, we are proud to support the LGBTQ+ community and remain fully committed to equality for all.’
But Mrs Keen- Minshull, 44, who blogs under the name Posie Parker, blasted the decision as ‘absurd’ and ‘Orwellian’ and accused Primesight of breaching their contract with her.
‘We’re in a new realm of misogyny when the word ‘woman’ becomes hate speech,’ she told The Times.
‘I wanted it to be a conversation starter but this is a new level of absurd.’