This is so confusing. Sherlock Holmes, where are you?
Because of what transpired at a transgender event in Hyde Park, London, in September, two people are suspected by police of punching a 60-year-old woman in the face. There’s only one problem: police won’t say what gender the suspects are because they are afraid they might get it wrong.
Scotland Yard said it was “a gray area” and dependent on which gender the suspects claim to be.
A spokeswoman for Scotland Yard, who acknowledged the suspects might be transgendered individuals, said, “We have to be very careful. We are not going to commit ourselves to something because I’m afraid it’s not black and white.”
One suspect who allegedly knocked Maria MacLachlan, 60, to the ground, smashing her camera and kicker her repeatedly, was described thus: “White, around 5 feet, 7 inches and of slim build with brown chin-length hair with blonde ends.”
The other assailant had short blonde hair, and was clothed in a black, grey and white hooded camouflage jacket and multi-colored leggings.
At the time of the assault, MacLachlan was filming members of the Action for Trans Health (ATH) group, who attacked her and took her memory card.
The event, hosted by a panel of Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminists (TERFs), who argue trans women should not have the same rights as those born female, was originally sited at New Cross Learning Centre, in southeast London, but transgender activists lobbied the venue and got it canceled. The new event was to inform attendees where the next meeting would take place.
A Times journalist attending the event wrote:
Trans activists and feminists were chanting and taunting each other. Maria was taking photographs when an opponent grappled with her, snatched her camera and smashed it on the ground. Then a tall, male-bodied, hooded figure wearing makeup rushed over, hit her several times and as police arrived, ran away. I asked a young activist if she was OK with men smacking women: “It's not a guy, you're a piece of s--- and I'm happy they hit her,” came the reply.
After the attack, MacLachlan, who has two children and describes herself as a "gender critical feminist," wrote on Facebook:
I am 60 years old and tonight I got beaten up and had my camera smashed by a bunch of kids young enough to be my grandchildren. Earlier this year, my sympathies for trans people started to evaporate after being shocked at the hatred and abuse and threats of violence being directed at women who think as I do, which is that gender is a load of crap and there's nothing wrong with being a “feminine” man or a “masculine woman” but the bottom line is that women are adult human females and men are adult human males
Video of attack below: