Two activists were arrested while protesting the anti-transgender ‘WoLF’ event at the Seattle Public Library Saturday. Hundreds more protested loudly outside insensed that anti-transgender propagandists were being given a platform at the Seattle Public Library.
Meanwhile, outside, protesters who included library employees chanted,” according to The Seattle Times “and held signs and waved transgender pride flags. A band played and many danced to keep warm.
The planned event inside the library sparked controversy in recent months as transgender people and allies urged the library to cancel the event, which was publicized as “a critical analysis of gender identity” that would “make powerful arguments for sex-based women’s rights.” The Gender Justice League, one of the groups that organized the protest, said in a statement during the debate that the “end result of a hate group using the library as a venue to ‘critique’ the existence of a minority group creates a hostile environment and is unacceptable.” WoLF denies it engages in hate speech.
The union representing library workers also raised concerns about harm to library staff who are transgender.
Two attendees caused a disturbance during the event, according to Sgt. Sean Whitcomb, a spokesperson for the Seattle Police Department, and were asked to leave by library staff. When they didn’t, Whitcomb said, said officers arrested them and booked them for trespassing. At least one was carried out.
Ten ticket-holders attempted to disrupt the event. When @SPLBuzz staff asked them to leave, eight agreed, and were escorted out of the library. Two ticket-holders ignored staff requests, and refused to leave. Officers arrested both for trespassing. (2 of 2)
— Seattle Police Dept. (@SeattlePD) February 2, 2020
It is unknown why the two transgender people were charged with trespassing because they had, as police confirmed, tickets to the event.
Protest at Seattle Public Library against TERF speakers they are hosting tonight pic.twitter.com/rgmLBvTJq7
— Kyle G (@ItIsMeKyleG) February 2, 2020
The Women’s Liberation Front, or WoLF, a self-described radical feminist organization organized the Seattle Public Library event.
WoLF believes that trans women are men, and as lesbians, consider murderous the transition from female to male. They are amongst the main proponents of the LGB without the T movement and are in cahoots with the Trump allied Focus on the Family intent on dividing and conquering the LGBT community.
NBC reports that WoLF members spoke at an anti-LGBT group “Heritage Foundation” panel in which trans liberation was berated as an “epidemic” and “a social contagion”. During that panel, a video of Jazz Jennings was played amid the jeers of disgust by attendees.
“Transgender women are women. Transgender men are men. Nonbinary people are valid. These are the things that WoLF is arguing against,” said Sophia Lee, board chair of the Gender Justice League, organizers of the protest. Lee cited state law protections for LGBTQ individuals, and support from the Seattle Women’s Commission. “It is not feminist to argue against the rights of transgender people,” she said.
Despite knowing that trans people will suffer and die from their action the Library allowed these TERFs space to broadcast their hatred while hundreds, including Library employees, protested outside.
This is why these two brave activists put their bodies and future on the line at the Seattle Public Library.
— Gail’s emo, yeah? (@gail__night) February 2, 2020