In mid-November, she received a letter from Newcastle United telling her she was banned from the club’s St James’ Park stadium for the rest of this season and the two seasons after that, and that her membership had been revoked. She was also banned from buying tickets for away games.
confirming that police would be taking no further action because she had not committed any offence.
The complainant included screenshots of tweets Ms Smith had posted in which she suggested the trans lobby was homophobic because it wanted to “trans the gay away”, and that some transgender people were suffering from mental illness.
The complainant said: “If I were trans, I would feel extremely unsafe… had I had to share a space with someone so openly transphobic… Many of her tweets revolve around the ‘LGB’ movement, a trans-exclusionary and discriminatory movement for members of the lesbian, gay and bisexual community to deliberately exclude and aim to discourage/discriminate/target the transgender community.”
So, a vocal TERF, who has never said anything about it while actually at a football match, is banned from her home town’s foiotball for being a vocal TERF.
Being a TERF is a protected characteristic so it’s not obvious that is legal. One the other hand, we liberals might insist that anyone can refuse service to anyone for what ever reason. So, tough.
Quite clearly the original complainant doesn’t believe any of this toss they’re just being mean – or oppressive – to someone who disagrees with them.
But what, actually, do we do about this? My favourite would be to find that complainant and chastise them vehemently. Other ideas?