Transgender activists attack Catholic mom for ‘misgendering’
GUILDFORD, England, March 26, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) ― Caroline Farrow is an English Catholic mother of five who feels very strongly that children should not be subjected to dangerous puberty-blocking hormones and irreversible sex-change surgeries.
Farrow, already well-known in the UK as a Catholic pundit and freelance journalist, recently made headlines last week when she revealed that a leading transgender activist, Susie Green, had made a complaint to the police because Farrow had “misgendered” Green’s child on Twitter in October 2018.
The Catholic mom, who had had an acrimonious debate with Green on ITV’s “Good Morning Britain” in September 2018, was disturbed by Green’s discussion of suicide among people who believe they are transgender and by the procedures undergone by Green’s child.
When her son Jack was 15, Green took him to Thailand where his testicles were amputated on his 16th birthday. The procedure was not legal for boys of Jack’s age in Great Britain.
“Susie Green is in breach of Samaritan policy on how suicide should be discussed and broached in the media,” Farrow tweeted on October 4. “What she did to her own son is illegal. She mutilated him by having him castrated and rendered sterile while still a child.”
A few minutes later, referring to Green’s role as CEO of the UK’s influential “Mermaids” transgender charity, Farrow tweeted:
“Susie Green may feel that giving her son off-label illegal medication and drastic surgery was the path of least harm in her circumstances but she shouldn’t project and impose it on other vulnerable kids as best practice.”
Farrow concluded in a third tweet:
“I think it’s time everyone called out Susie Green and Mermaids policy for what it is. Child abuse.”
In the uproar that ensued after Farrow tweeted news of a police investigation into these tweets, she refused to debate Green on British television, in part because she felt it was imprudent to discuss the case while it was ongoing. However, Green indicated on a talk show that she was going to drop the complaint, and police informed Farrow that they had ceased their investigation.
On March 25, Farrow reappeared on ITV’s Good Morning Britain to discuss her tweets. She told hosts Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid that she was shocked that the police were involved--both because so-called “misgendering” is not a crime and because she has been subjected to obscene harassment online for months.
However, both Morgan and Reid both took Farrow to task for her choice of wording.
Farrow told LifeSiteNews in an interview that she is now being targeted by LGBT activists who are sending her threats and hate speech.
"Everybody is absolutely horrified that this is going on and being allowed to continue... I had a man issuing threats to come here [to my home], writing terrible things about whether or not he’d disfigure my face or the faces of my children with acid. Writing things that I could tell you, but you won’t be able to put them in the paper ... He had all this abuse on a website under his own name; it got pulled down four times, and then it moved to a different site," she said.
When asked if there transgender activists picking on her, she replied: "Yes, they are now. They’re joining forces with this site. One very well known activist, Dr. Adrian Harrop, was responsible for getting Posie Parker’s Human Adult Female billboards removed, this morning after my appearance, he retweeted something that said I was a “vile Catholic c***.”
"A lot of trans people are now joining in with this abuse and supporting it. A lot of LGBT supporters are now referencing the site gleefully and saying how funny it is. They’re harnessing it," she said.
LifeSiteNews' full interview with Caroline Farrow.
LSN: How are you feeling after your appearance on ITV?
Farrow: Just sick and shaky. It’s funny because I can put on a good face for media, but inside it’s just been horrific.
LSN: Oh no.
Farrow: And if it’s been horrific for me…. I’m not the only person who Susie Green’s brought charges against. I had enough journalist contacts and legal contacts to turn this around. But there are other people who don’t have the same traction as me. What must it be like for them? My husband’s looking pale and drawn, too. My whole family has suffered through this.
LSN: Piers Morgan has been a champion for your freedom of speech, but he seemed to speak quite sharply to you about your choice of words.
Farrow: He did... I think Piers was just feeling under pressure. And he’s a professional agitator, isn’t he? A provocateur. And there was a lot of virtue-signalling going on: “How can you be so horrible to say these things?” I was taken back by it because we’ve come to something, haven’t we, in the 21st century when describing a gruesome procedure is worse than actually inflicting that procedure on an underage child.
LSN: Was Susie Green breaking the law when she took her underage child to Thailand for a sex change?
Farrow: It would not have been allowed in this country. I think it was against the law in that she knew it would never be approved by British doctors, and it wouldn’t pass British codes of ethics.
LSN: She’s been very vocal about it since.
Farrow: She’s been incredibly vocal, and that’s why I’ve been criticizing her in the first place. Susie Green has made some extraordinary and astonishing statements. She has said that there should be no mandatory [minimum] age for surgery, but it should be based on “competency”. And she’s also said that there shouldn’t be any psychological assessment for this surgery. Well, how on earth can you assess competency if there’s no age limit and you’re not allowed to do a psychological assessment? She has said that surgery for children should be [almost whenever] they feel that they want it.
LSN: So she wouldn’t be advocating doing this to babies.
Farrow: No, but her story has wavered a little. In the statement that she put out last night, it said “At the age of 16, the child Jacquie Green has had extensive, therapeutic counselling.” And everyone called her out on it because the surgery took place on the child’s sixteenth birthday. So she then issued a second statement, and she said “By the age of 16.” It really brings it home: how can a 15 year old consent? Because Susie Green has made numerous documentaries about this, there’s one documentary in which the child, who was 18, I think, was saying “I don’t know what surgeries they did. Oh, I don’t want to think about it. Oh, that’s disgusting.” This indicates that they’ve almost blocked it out of their mind. It indicates a sort of trauma. The child doesn’t want to think about the surgery that was done to them.”
LSN: Susie Green is the CEO of Mermaids. What is Mermaids and what does it advocate?
Farrow: Mermaids is the leading charity in the UK lobbying for transgender rights for children, and it advocates policies across the UK. It’s got access to [the Houses of Parliament at] Westminster. It works with local educational authorities. It sets policies in schools. It consults on policies in Girl Guides. It conducts training in diversity courses for the UK police. It has an extensive reach in terms of determining and dictating UK policy when it comes to, especially, transgender children.
LSN: Who funds it?
Farrow: It’s got some state funding because it’s got half a million pounds from a state lottery grant. Donations.
LSN: When was it founded?
Farrow: Initially it was founded about 30 years ago, but Susie Green is an IT manager. She’s not even a senior manager. She has no senior management experience. She used to help out there and do some volunteering and advocacy. She’s managed to work her way [up] and become the CEO. And whereas Mermaids used to have a much more watch and wait approach, under Susie Green it advocates a far more aggressive strategy in terms of trying to push this through: that if children want the medication and surgery, then they ought to have it. It’s worth saying that she’s got no medical or psychological qualifications at all.
LSN: What are the churches doing or saying about Mermaids and its aggressive drive to have children “transition”?
Farrow: This is the problem. Absolutely nothing. … The Muslim community are being a lot more proactive and so is the Lesbian community. They see that the children are being indoctrinated, and they don’t want children being indoctrinated with the trans agenda. It isn’t just a religious issue. [Many] people say “I really don’t want my children being taught this.” The transgender issue has meant that [opposition to] LGBT teaching in schools is actually transgressing the faith and secular divide. I think that there is a broad consensus across that country that, actually, we don’t want our children taught this stuff.
LSN: We wrote earlier about the abuse you’ve been getting for years for the combined ‘crimes’ of being a Roman Catholic, not wanting Alfie Evans put to death, and now this trans issue. How are you doing in terms of support?
Farrow: Everybody is absolutely horrified that this is going on and being allowed to continue... I had a man issuing threats to come here [to my home], writing terrible things about whether or not he’d disfigure my face or the faces of my children with acid. Writing things that I could tell you, but you won’t be able to put them in the paper ... He had all this abuse on a website under his own name; it got pulled down four times, and then it moved to a different site.
LSN: Are there transgender activists picking on you?
Farrow: Yes, they are now. They’re joining forces with this site. One very well known activist, Dr. Adrian Harrop, was responsible for getting Posie Parker’s Human Adult Female billboards removed, this morning after my appearance, he retweeted something that said I was a “vile Catholic c***.”
LSN: Yes, I saw that.
Farrow: And then he tried to apologize, but it turned out that his apology was insincere.
LSN: So these people who are attacking you are not necessarily themselves transgender. This doctor looks to me just like an ordinary man.
Farrow: He’s a gay man. The guy who is driving the abuse is just a heterosexual man. But a lot of trans people are now joining in with this abuse and supporting it. A lot of LGBT supporters are now referencing the site gleefully and saying how funny it is. They’re harnessing it.
LSN: Thank you very much, Caroline, for your time and your witness. Hopefully the police will take seriously these threats against you.