Kellie-Jay Keen-Minshull (pictured), a women’s rights campaigner from Wiltshire, was accused of committing a hate crime by Susie Green, whose daughter Jackie, 25, transitioned after turning 16
A second woman has been questioned over ‘transphobic’ posts made on social media, following complaints from the mother of the youngest Briton to transition.
Kellie-Jay Keen-Minshull, a women’s rights campaigner from Wiltshire, was accused of committing a hate crime by Susie Green, whose daughter Jackie, 25, transitioned after turning 16.
The 44-year-old was alleged to have made a number of transphobic comments on Twitter last year, and was questioned by officers from West Yorkshire Police following a complaint from Ms Green.
And then she was later interviewed by Wiltshire Police following two You-Tube clips in which she criticised Ms Green for supporting her daughter’s transition, as revealed by The Daily Telegraph today.
The news comes after Caroline Farrow, a broadcaster and writer for Roman Catholic newspapers, revealed on Tuesday that she was being investigated by Surrey Police after allegedly calling Ms Green’s daughter a ‘he’ on Twitter.
The first case against Ms Keen-Minshull, who has labelled the investigations a ‘waste of time’, was closed with no further action taken.
And speaking to The Daily Telegraph, claimed she was entitled to her comments on YouTube, saying: ‘I think it is outrageous that police are wasting valuable time investigating people because their views might not be liked. It is McCarthyist and it is terribly frightening.’
Jackie Green (right) formally Jack, had a sex change after turning 16. She is the daughter of Susie Green (left) who appeared on Good Morning Britain alongside Caroline Farrow
Caroline Farrow (right) had appeared alongside Susie Green (left) in September 2018 to discuss Girl Guiding policies. But tweets after their appearance sparked a row
Ms Keen-Minshull, of the charity Standing Up For Women, previously came under fire when in September last year she raised £700 for a billboard with the definition of a woman written on it to be set up in Liverpool.
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.
Ms Green today revealed that she plans to withdraw her complaint to police about Ms Farrow because she fears the row is giving the broadcaster and writer ‘a platform’.
Feminist blogger Kellie-Jay Keen- Minshull (pictured) raised £700 for the poster to be put up in Liverpool for a fortnight
The row began over tweets posted after they appeared on TV together last year – and has since sparked a row over whether police should be spending time examining tweets rather than pumping more resources into tackling violence and theft.
Ms Green told the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire: ‘Every day, people misgender my daughter online, that wasn’t uncommon. What was uncommon was that this was a journalist who had a public platform, who used that to send very malicious and nasty messages.
‘It’s not just the misgendering, it’s actually the context that she puts it into and that she calls me a child abuser… it’s also the stuff around mutilation and castration. It was the really damaging things she said about me.’
Ms Green was asked whether she thought that, though upsetting, the tweets were a matter for police.
Jackie (left) and her mother Susie (right) pictured at their home in Leeds shortly after Jackie had the operation
Jackie Green (pictured above) had previously appeared on This Morning to discuss her place at the Miss England finals
She said that was up to the police and prosecutors, but as the founder of a charity which advises others to report hate crime, she felt she should report it.
Adding that she is now withdrawing her complaint, she said: ‘If I had continued my complaint then Caroline Farrow would have continued to have a platform to spread misinformation about what actually happened. Being involved in an investigation would have meant that I couldn’t talk.’
The original tweets posted by Ms Farrow on October 4 were read out on air yesterday.
One stated: ‘What she [Susie Green] did is illegal. She mutilated him by having him castrated and rendered sterile while still a child.’
Another tweet accused Ms Green and her charity of ‘child abuse’.
Ms Farrow tweeted on Wednesday morning: ‘All I have been told by Surrey Police that I ‘misgendered Susie Green’s daughter’.
In 2012 her daughter Jackie Green made history when she became the first transgender Miss England finalist.
Jackie, who was born Jack and spent her childhood trying to persuade her parents she had been born in to the wrong body, said: ‘I knew from the start that I was a girl, it was just actually having the vocabulary to make people understand.
Jackie Green (left) and her mother Susie (right). Jackie had previously said that at the age of four she told her mother that she should have been born a girl
Jackie was born Jack (left as a baby) and her mother Susie is now a transgender activist (Susie and Jackie as a baby pictured right on Susie’s wedding day)
Jackie Green pictured as a youngster before surgery. She said she always insisted on wearing girls clothing and growing her hair
Jackie (formerly Jack) is pictured above wearing a patterned dress with a fringe cut. Jackie had told her mother that she should have been born a girl
Susie and Jackie (pictured above) the pair enjoyed a holiday to Thailand before Jackie had her operation
‘I would have had the surgery at five years old if I could. After the surgery it felt like starting life for the first time.
‘Loads of kids go through stages, some people go down the transgender route and then change their minds, mostly because they don’t have the support of their family.
‘At primary school I dressed as a boy for the majority of the time. The kids understood and just took it in their stride.
‘But secondary school was horrible. I was being spat on, being beaten up and called so many different names. The parents were the worst.
‘I was prescribed ‘blockers’ by a doctor in Boston when was I was twelve. It basically paused puberty and it saved my life. I would have killed myself. I wouldn’t have been able to cope.’
When Jackie was aged just four she told her mother Susan: ‘God has made a mistake, I should be a girl.’
Jackie (pictured on Instagram above) was the real life inspiration for a drama starring Anna Friel called Butterly which charted the transition of a boy to a girl
Jackie (centre) had the support of her mother Susie (right) and her father (left)
Trapped in a body she hated, Jackie first overdosed aged 11 and made six more suicide attempts before she was 15. Medicines were locked in a safe and knives had to be hidden away. She threatened to mutilate her genitals.
And so, aged 16, Jackie Green became the youngest person in the world to undergo transgender surgery.
She said:’Without that surgery, I wouldn’t be here now.
‘I’m a girl, I always have been – there’s never been any doubt in my mind about that. It’s just that my body didn’t match because, as far as I’m concerned, I had a birth defect.’