POLICE brace for clashes as a controversial speaker visits the city next weekend.
Kellie-Jay Keen, who announced she is visiting Brighton as part of a ‘Speakers’ Corner Tour’, has sparked a backlash from LGBTQ+ activists who have criticized her views on transgender rights, saying they are transphobic.
In a video from Preston Park in August promoting the event, Ms Keen, also known as Posie Parker, said Brighton was “inundated with… nasty, harmful, misogynistic Pride flags”.
She said: “If we call Brighton the lesbian and gay capital of the UK, they must be the victims of this absolutely despicable gay conversion therapy known as transgenderism.”
Ms Keen said she expects hundreds of people to attend the event at The Level.
However, campaign group LGB With The T called the event a “hate cult gathering”, accused it of “cracking down Brighton” and called on residents to “defend your town”.
Activist group Reclaim Pride Brighton also said people should “fight Posie Parker by any means they see fit” in a social media post, prompting some Twitter users to describe the language used as “incitement to violence”. to call.
In a speech on TalkTV, Ms Keen told Julia Hartley-Brewer that she “takes these threats seriously” and said: “They are deeply misogynistic and a fringe element who can be persuaded to commit violence.”
A police spokesman said: “Sussex Police are aware of an event taking place on September 18 at The Level and of protest plans.
“Officials are in contact with the organizers of the event as well as the protesters and preparations are in place to ensure the safety of all involved and to minimize disruption to the wider community.”
The event comes just over a month after a Brighton Pride float was praised for carrying signs reading ‘No LGB without the T’.
Pridegoers took to social media to praise DIY store Wickes for the float’s solidarity with transgender people.
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/21138814.police-alert-controversial-speaker-kellie-jay-keen-comes-brighton/?ref=rss Police are on high alert as controversial spokeswoman Kellie-Jay Keen arrives in Brighton