Sydney trans rights activists and antifascists gathered in Victoria Park on Saturday to rally against an event put on by prominent UK transphobe and far-right figure Kellie-Jay Keen, who’s currently on the Australian Let Women Speak Tour, which involves a series of public outdoor speakouts.
Known as Posie Parker online, Keen is known for her divisive comments about trans people, which encourage hate and attempt to erase trans identities, while she also adheres to a checklist of other ultraconservative concerns, such as removing the right to abortion and contraception for youths.
With her local tour sponsored by Binary Australia, Posie Parker is known as an outspoken TERF (trans-exclusionary radical feminist) and SWERF (sex worker-exclusionary radical feminist).
The pro-trans, antifascist demonstrators gathered in the park argued that Keen and her supporters are so steeped in far-right racist, classist and misogynistic ideology that they’re obviously misapplying feminist thought to progress their own agenda.
Sydney Criminal Lawyers was in attendance at the counteraction staged by Pride in Protest, National Union of Students Queer/LGBTI, University of Sydney’s Women’s Collective, LGBTI Rights Australia and USYD Queer Action Collective.