(LifeSiteNews) — A 14-year Army veteran and combat medic was pressured to leave the British military for sharing a Facebook post about the implications of transgender ideology on women’s rights.
Reservist Colonel Dr. Kelvin Wright, who served with distinction under harrowing conditions in Afghanistan, found himself subjected to disciplinary action for sharing a quote from feminist Helen Joyce on social media that said, “If women cannot stand in a public place and say ‘Men cannot be women’, then we do not have women’s rights at all.” The post had been created by the group Fair Play for Women, which opposes the ramifications that treating biological males as women can have for the interests of actual women.
As a result, the Daily Mail reported, he first received a critical text message from one of his junior officers, then a phone call from a superior telling him, in Wright’s paraphrasing, “you’ve upset a lot of people, you’re in a lot of trouble, we’re going to have to investigate you.”
A group of LGBT activists within the Army had sent Wright’s superiors a seven-page letter, which Wright was not allowed to see, claiming that his “anti-trans views” rendered him unfit to serve. The report added that among the complaints was that Wright’s Facebook profile picture depicted him in uniform without a disclaimer that his personal views did not speak for the army but says such a “minor transgression” would “usually be dealt with quickly, with a warning and advice on future conduct.”
“The Army is afraid of the backlash if they do the obvious thing and find me not guilty,” Wright said. “But neither can they declare me guilty and recommend a sanction because that would be ridiculous. They’re just doing nothing, unwilling to commit themselves. I’ve just had this thing hanging over me, this terrible slur on my honour.”
Wright’s superiors went four weeks without talking to him further about the situation after the initial threat. “It felt like I was being forced out, so I resigned,” he said.
An Army spokesperson claimed that the situation “had nothing to do with [the] nature of [Wright’s] views but was solely about his “breach the Army’s social media policy, [which] includes wearing uniform on profiles without the relevant disclaimers on personal views.” But many, including Wright, have doubts.
“It’s such a shame the Army has allowed itself to become tangled up in this crazy trans ideology,” he said. “The one positive thing to come out of it is the outpouring of support I’ve received from soldiers I’ve never ever met, many of them women. On my last day, some of them came in from home to salute me and thank me for my service, which was very moving.”
Wright now works at King’s Mill Hospital in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, and is currently weighing possible legal action with the help of the Free Speech Union.