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In a recent op-ed in the Toronto Star, Fae Johnstone, a prominent Canadian trans activist, warned Canadians that we are witnessing “a staggering rise in anti-2SLGBTQIA+ hate.” The examples Johnstone gives are “efforts to roll back inclusion in our schools,” and drag events being targeted by protests, as well as his own personal experiences online.
Johnstone, a trans-identified male who was one of the faces of Hershey Canada’s International Women’s Day campaign, says he has personally felt the impact of “rising anti-2SLGBTQIA+ rhetoric” after experiencing backlash on social media for taking a woman’s spot on a day intended to celebrate women.
Anyone speaking about controversial issues online can attest to the fact that vile abuse sadly comes with the territory. Any woman who has the audacity to say that there’s no such thing as a woman with a penis is likely to face a torrent of death threats from trans activists. Such abuse should be condemned, no matter at whom it is directed.
Over the years, Johnstone has done his fair share of directing hate towards Canadian women. In 2021, Johnstone called on elected officials to “denounce TERF rhetoric for the hate-fuelled speech it is.”
For those who don’t know, TERF stands for trans-exclusionary radical feminist and is a slur used to silence any woman who rejects gender identity ideology. Lesbians refusing to accept heterosexual men who identify as women as partners are routinely called TERFs, and so are mothers trying to protect their children from becoming victims of the medical scandal underway in pediatric gender clinics.
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