‘I’m a lesbian who does not imagine males will be lesbians: Take me to courtroom’

Tonje Gjevjon and Christine Jentoft

My title is Tonje Gjevjon. I’m an artist, a girl, and a lesbian. I’m at the moment beneath investigation for breach of the Norwegian Hate Speech Legislation for refusing to name males girls.

I don’t imagine within the idea of gender identities. I insist on my proper to reject this perception and for a few years have articulated how degrading and damaging gender identification laws is for girls. As an artist, a girl, and a lesbian, I’ve witnessed and skilled a tradition of abuse developed and legitimized within the wake of the laws geared toward defending gendered identities.

In 2019, I wrote that, had trans activism been round after I was a younger tomboy, I might probably have been one of many ladies sacrificed, explaining:

“I’m a lesbian tomboy who grew up in an age the place the idea of being ‘born within the unsuitable physique’ didn’t exist. If I had been a baby right now, I wouldn’t have stood an opportunity towards trans activism.”

Over the previous six years, I’ve accomplished all the pieces I can to warn concerning the harms — to each girls and youngsters — of changing the time period intercourse with gender identification. I’ve revealed articles, participated in public hearings, and engaged in debates about intercourse, gender roles, sexual orientation, and LGBTQ tradition for the reason that early 2000s.

Earlier than 2017, it was attainable to debate these points, disagreeing fiercely one second, and head to a bar the subsequent, to have a beer with dissenters. However the second the Gender Recognition Act was launched into Norwegian laws in 2016, permitting people to easily declare a brand new intercourse with none medical analysis, any try and ask questions or supply difficult views was met with “no debate.”

Those that problem gender identification laws are cancelled, demonetized, topic to emotional black mail, and threatened with lack of employment. Lesbians contained in the “Rainbow Household” who tried to lift consciousness about how gender identification laws might hurt girls and youngsters had been particularly focused and remoted — ridiculed, harassed, and ostracized with little if any help. Lesbians like me who say males can’t be lesbians are labeled as transphobes and TERFs, much like the best way lesbians within the 70s who had been labeled as frigid man haters. The powerlessness I’ve skilled within the face of the mob has broken me and people near me.

Right now, the Norwegian authorities doles out 30 million NOK a yr in funding for LGBTQI+ organizations. These organizations have principally left the “LGB” behind, and make use of heterosexual males who name themselves girls, lesbians, and moms. These males additionally educate and advise kids and homosexual youth. In Norwegian faculties, kids are taught that they themselves determine which gender they’re.

Regardless of the very fact those that communicate out towards gender identification ideology are vilified and censored, trans activists complain that the police don’t punish us harshly sufficient. The chief of the Nationwide Affiliation for Gender and Sexuality Range (Foreningen FRI), revealed an announcement encouraging people to contact the police in the event that they encounter “hate speech” on-line, no matter whether or not the speech technically qualifies beneath the legislation.

He explains:

“I’ve lowered my threshold for reporting issues to the Police Online Patrol. In case you come throughout hate speech or issues that you just suppose are within the gray zone, you might be welcome to take a screenshot and tip off the police. It’s not reporting however helps them get an outline of the members and the speech local weather. I’ll be comfortable to ship it in in your behalf if you happen to don’t wish to do it your self.”

It appears Norway is main the best way in direction of McCarthyism 2.0.

Cancellation 

As knowledgeable artist, I’ve made and produced movies, movies, performances, visible artwork, and songs commenting on points associated to girls, lesbians, the feminine physique, the LGBTQ motion and the “Rainbow family” since 1999.

In 2018, I used to be invited to take part in an exhibition at Haugar Artwork Museum known as “Hen — Fluid gender.” Initially, the exhibition aimed to current totally different views on gender. I used to be invited as a result of my focus as an artist has been on girls, lesbian love, and the feminine physique, and the exhibition meant to discover how gender points had been addressed in modern artwork. However, the exhibition took a flip, specializing in gender identification and the Norweigen phrase, “hen” — a 3rd pronoun which means neither female nor masculine. I had deliberate to carry out “Vagina Anthem,” a tune I wrote addressing the best way wherein girls are attacked for talking out about sex-based rights, our organic actuality, and gender identification. A couple of days earlier than the opening of the exhibition, the curator knowledgeable me, over the cellphone, that she and the leaders of the Haugar Artwork Museum had determined that the lyrics of “Vagina Anthem” may offend trans individuals, explaining particularly that the traces, “I’m a hateful ugly Terf” and “We’re girls with vaginas” had been “provocative,” and will trigger a security threat.

In October 2020, I signed an settlement to curate an exhibition that includes the works of a deceased lesbian artist at Kunstplass Contemporary Art in Oslo. In December 2021, the gallerist knowledgeable me that I used to be cancelled from the exhibition as I might not be related to as an artist. She informed me I had been blacklisted. Afterwards, she was quoted in a newspaper, saying, “At one level, we [determined] that an exhibition produced by Gjevjon can be incompatible with our profile and our values.” The gallerists knew me and had been conscious of my outspoken views on gender identification, so this assertion got here as a shock to me.

In March 2022, I attended the Ladies’s Day demonstration in Oslo with my spouse. I and different members of WDI Norway carried a placard studying, “Trans girls are males.” Trans activists contacted my spouse’s employers, accusing her of “spreading hate,” claiming she was unfit for her job. She was not fired, however the expertise was extremely hectic for her.

Reported

In 2020, Norway’s parliament outlawed “hate speech towards transgender individuals,” which means these discovered responsible face a superb or as much as a yr in jail for personal remarks, and a most of three years in jail for public feedback. The primary Supreme Court docket decision concerning hate speech on the premise of gender identification and gender expression got here in September, when the Norwegian Supreme Court docket upheld a 2021 Hordaland District Court docket ruling, deciding {that a} 53-year-old man had violated Part 185 of the Felony Code on hate speech by making “offensive and punishable remarks” a few “trans lady” on Fb. The person was given a 15-day suspended sentence and two years probation, ordered to pay a superb of $15,000NOK.

In protest of what I take into account to be an indefensible strategy to gender identification ideology in Norway, I made it my aim to repeat the condemned speech, thereby difficult Part 185 of the Penal Code.

On October 1st, I intentionally used the identical wording as the person convicted within the Hordaland ruling in a Fb post, linking it to lesbian sexual orientation. I wrote:

“Males who perma-LARP that they’re lesbians and ladies are, as I see it, discriminatory towards girls and perverted fetishists. There are male workers at queer organizations who determine as girls and lesbians. One among them is Christine Jentoft who was known as Christer Jentoft. He’s employed as a guide by Foreningen FRI, who for some unusual motive nonetheless says they work for lesbians”… Queer associations similar to Foreningen FRI and males who fetishize being a lesbian are actually utilizing the laws handed by the Storting to press costs towards individuals who don’t wish to conform to this loopy non secular regime. It’s as inconceivable for males to change into lesbians as it’s for males to change into pregnant. Males are males no matter sexual fetishes — so the truth that males with fetishes are protected as a weak minority by means of the idiotic and fabricated idea of gender identification is bananas.”

The conviction within the Hordaland ruling is related to girls — particularly lesbians — because the judgment removes a obligatory device, depriving us of the appropriate to name out males’s predatory, creepy, or perverted habits. It’s obligatory for girls to have the ability to describe and title male behaviour that would endanger girls and ladies, however the hate speech laws used to cost the person within the Hordaland case can simply be used to silence girls who try to call male predators as such.

The Nationwide Competence Middle in Hate Crime reported my put up, and on November seventeenth, I obtained a letter from the police, summoning me for questioning. I appeared for questioning on the police station on December 9.

LGBTQ+ organizations don’t shield girls, kids, or lesbians.

For the reason that Nineteen Seventies, girls — and radical feminists specifically — have been the gatekeepers who stand between the pimp trade, the surrogacy trade, the porn trade and weak girls and youngsters. Labelling radical feminists and ladies’s rights campaigns like WDI “transphobic” is simply one other try and destroy the gatekeepers. Laws defending males who name themselves girls supplies safety to grownup abusers and who need elevated entry to the our bodies of ladies and youngsters.

In Norway, organizations like Foreningen Fri put poisonous males (and ladies) sporting gendered identities in positions of energy.

In 2019, an grownup man claiming to be a girl created a Twitter person account known as “Actual Girl.” He constructed up a reputable profile, nurtured the account, adopted the appropriate individuals, and preferred related posts. The person used the account to contact a girl who was related to folks in The Norwegian Speedy Onset Gender Dysphoria (ROGD) community. He offered himself to her as a fearful mom with a ROGD baby in an effort to get info he might use to doxx and/or publicly vilify these dad and mom. Right now, he’s the chief of a neighborhood division of Foreningen fri in Rogaland. This man has a outstanding voice and presence on-line in addition to in mainstream media, representing males claiming to be girls. In 2019, he created a petition demanding I be eliminated as columnist at Dagbladet (a nationally vital newspaper), claiming I’m “harmful” and “take lives.”

These are the sorts of males now dictating coverage that impacts girls and ladies, and are working to silence girls who communicate up.

I can’t surrender till we win

With each fiber in my feminine physique, I reject the concept males will be girls, lesbians or moms. I’m appalled that our Parliament has made it inconceivable to reject the gender identification perception system and to name out dangerous and abusive habits amongst males claiming to be girls.

As a girl, lesbian, and artist I’ve taken the combat for women and girls’s sex-based rights to the legislative degree to see how these so-called protections for LGBTQ+  people work for a lesbian artist.

Take me to courtroom!

Tonje Gjevjon is a Norwegian artist, filmmaker, and activist, in addition to a pacesetter of the lesbian efficiency group Hungry Hearts.