Prominent transgender advocate harassed by anti-trans feminists, video shows

By Tim Fitzsimons

After finishing up a panel that brought together members of Congress and the Parents for Transgender Equality National Council on Wednesday, prominent trans advocate Sarah McBride sat in a room in D.C.’s historic Cannon House Office Building where she was sorting through pictures with an event photographer.

McBride, the press secretary for national LGBTQ advocacy group Human Rights Campaign, is perhaps best known for being the first transgender person to address a major political party’s national convention. She, along with other HRC staffers, were on Capitol Hill to advocate for passage of The Equality Act, a proposed bill that would add sexual orientation and gender identity to existing federal civil rights law. The bill is a top legislative priority of the Democratic-controlled House.

Just outside the room where McBride was working, stood Kellie-Jay Keen-Minshull, an anti-trans activist from the U.K. who goes by the pseudonym “Posie Parker.” Keen-Minshull started a Facebook Live broadcast, walked into the room where McBride was sorting through photos and proceeded to aggressively confront her, intentionally misgendering her multiple times.

“Why don’t you care about lesbian girls at 14 getting double mastectomies? Why don’t you care about that Sarah?” asked Keen-Minshull, who often refers to transgender men as “lesbians.”

During the broadcast, which appears to have been deleted from Facebook, Keen-Minshull and her associate, Julia Long, can be heard accusing McBride of “championing the rights of men to access women in women’s prison,” not caring “about lesbian girls” and hating lesbians.

As the live broadcast finished, Keen-Minshull said, “Everyone, this is Sarah McBride ignoring women and girls’ concerns as usual — so typically male!”

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