Crowds of supporters met Scottish feminist Marion Millar as she arrived outside a Glasgow court this morning to begin the first day of her case. Millar, who works for the feminist organisation For Women Scotland (FWS), faces up to two years if convicted of posting tweets which were “grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character.”
— EssexReSisters -WRN (@EssexReSisters) August 31, 2021
Millar was reported to police in April of this year after being accused of sending “homophobic and transphobic tweets.” In early June she was charged with two counts under Section 127 of the 2003 Communications Act, which makes it a crime to publish online a message which is “grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character.”
One of the tweets which led to the police investigation featured a photograph of a ribbon, in the colours of the Suffragettes, tied around a fence. It was alleged that the ribbon represented a noose and that the image constituted a threat directed at transgender people.
— 'MarionMillar' #WomenWontWheesht #NoThankYou (@millar_marion) December 17, 2020
Supporters of Millar have said the case is a matter of free speech, and that the case represents an attempt to stop debate about transgenderism and the impact gender ideology has had on women. Critics have presented Millar as a bigot whose words have harmed transgender people and are not worth the protection of the law.
Supporters of Millar have gathered on Twitter under the #WomenWontWheesht hashtag.
UPDATE: A statement has been released by a spokesperson for Millar which states that the case has been pushed back to October the 4th, “so that the Court can consider a number of preliminary legal issues…including the compatibility of this prosecution with Ms Millar’s human rights under the European Convention of Human Rights..”