Nicola Sturgeon is heckled during speech on violence against women

‘Shame on you!’: Moment furious feminist protester heckles Nicola Sturgeon over controversial gender self-ID plans as SNP leader gave speech on ending male violence at event where ‘audience was asked NOT to mention proposals’

  • Ms Sturgeon was speaking at Zero Tolerance charity event in the Scottish capital
  • New bill set to remove requirement for a medical diagnosis of gender dysphoria
  • JK Rowling said ‘heads will roll’ after FM ‘exposed to some freedom of speech’
  • Do you know the heckler? Get in touch: [email protected] 

This is the moment Nicola Sturgeon is heckled by a feminist activist as she gave a speech at a charity event promoting the end of male violence against women.

The First Minister was interrupted during her address at the Zero Tolerance event in Edinburgh yesterday – despite guests being asked to ‘refrain from discussions of the definition of a woman and single sex spaces’.

It is the latest act of protest against Ms Sturgeon’s controversial plans to allow Scots to self-identify their legal gender.

The unidentified heckler said: ‘Shame on you. You’ve fermented this culture in Scotland that basically tells women they are bigoted for standing up for women’s rights. I see you, and thousands of women around Scotland see you.

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 This is the moment Nicola Sturgeon is heckled by a feminist activist as she gave a speech at a charity event promoting the end of male violence against women

The First Minister was interrupted during her address at the Zero Tolerance event in Edinburgh yesterday – despite guests being asked to ‘refrain from discussions of the definition of a woman and single sex spaces’

‘And those of you sitting here are complicit, keeping your mouths shut while women have actually been raped by males who have self ID-ed as women.

‘That’s got nothing to do with trans rights, I support trans rights and have done for three decades now and I will continue to.’

Ms Sturgeon apologised to attendees following the outburst but insisted she did not want to silence criticism.

She added: ‘I do not seek to close down anybody’s freedom of speech. It is important that voices are heard.’

This is despite a note being sent to guests in advance of the event, urging them not to mention the controversial gender reform plans that critics say will hurt women.

It read: ‘We wish to create a safe and supported environment for all our guests and so have asked all participants to support us in this aim by refraining from discussions of the definition of a woman and single sex spaces in relation to the gender recognition act.’ 

The Gender Recognition Reform Bill is set to remove the requirement for a medical diagnosis of gender dysphoria when seeking a gender recognition certificate.

It will also reduce the length of time an applicant must live in their acquired gender from two years to three months, with an additional three-month reflection period.

Defending the Bill earlier this week, Ms Sturgeon told Holyrood that violent men ‘do not need’ to legally change gender to access women-only spaces. 

In its final stage and set to be enacted by Christmas, it aims to simplify the process by which a transgender person can switch gender through ‘self-identification’, and lowers the age limit of gender reform from 18 to 16.

The First Minister’s plans have been met with significant opposition, not least from Harry Potter author JK Rowling, who has been a fierce critic, even wearing a ‘Nicola Sturgeon, destroyer of women’s rights’ t-shirt

However, the proposals have been met with significant opposition, not least from Harry Potter author JK Rowling, who has been a fierce critic, even wearing a ‘Nicola Sturgeon, destroyer of women’s rights’ t-shirt.

Reacting to the footage, she tweeted: ‘Scenes. In spite of all careful precautions, the First Minister has been accidentally exposed to some freedom of speech. Heads will surely roll. 

‘(If nobody’s yet sent that heckler a crate of whatever her favourite tipple is, do please send me her details).’

The Zero Tolerance event at Dovecot Studios was described as being ‘for those who are committed to ending men’s violence against women and girls but particularly for senior managers in government and national public bodies, elected representatives, local authority officials, civil servants, and senior managers and policy officers working in the third sector’.

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