Australian woman hit with legal order for trans athlete comments, will this happen in Ireland?

An Australian woman has been served with an order which forbids her from discussing or approaching a trans activist over comments she made about the biological male who identifies as a woman. 



Kirralie Smith says she received a visit from New South Wales police in relation to comments she had made to the media about Riley Dennis, a man who identifies as a woman and competes in women’s sports. 

The Apprehended Violence Order requires Smith to not make further comments about Dennis or approach him, despite her home reportedly being some 200 miles away, and will be in place as an interim measure until a court decides whether its application is justifiable later this month. 

Smith is an open critic of gender ideology and a spokeswoman for the Binary Australia organisation

Dennis, who is a high profile youtuber and trans activist, was reportedly the subject of a mass complaint from female athletes who have accused him of injuring them during sporting events. 

The 30 year old – who four years ago announced his engagement to his female partner- plays women’s football with Inter Lions FC and is reportedly one of five biological males competing in amateur women’s football with Football New South Wales’ League One. 

After featuring a report on the accusations against Dennis, news outlet Reduxx received notice from the Australian government’s eSafety Commissioner instructing them to “heavily edit” or “delete” their article exposing Dennis as the subject of “thousands of complaints” it reported were filed against the youtuber after he began to compete in women’s sports. 



In addition to the demand for removal or censorship of the article, Reduxx says they were told their reporting was in breach of Australian law. 

Reduxx editor Anna Slatz says that after “a comprehensive analysis” of the arguments presented by the eSafety Commissioner, which she says  included claims that it was “offensive” to refer to Dennis as a “man”, Reduxx decided to “leave the article up without alteration,”. 

Ireland’s new Criminal Justice (Incitement to Violence or Hatred and Hate Offences) Bill 2022 lists gender as a “protected characteristic” with gender itself defined as “the gender of a person or the gender which a person expresses as the person’s preferred gender or with which the person identifies and includes transgender and a gender other than those of male and female,”.   

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