PRESS RELEASE FROM TRANSGENDER ACTIVIST JENN SMITH RE CONTEMPT CHARGES IN CASE OF FATHER FORCED TO TRANSITION DAUGHTER:
The father in the AB v CD and EF case, along with controversial transgender activist and public speaker Jenn Smith and former 700 Club Canada Hostess Laura Lynn Tyler Thompson, will all be in the BC Supreme Court again Monday March 9 at 9:45am.
Smith, who is opposed to child medical transitioning and school programs that could encourage it, was brought into court along with the father and Thompson under claims that they had violated the publication ban in the case. Repeated violations of the publication bans and Smith’s statements that he plans to continue naming the doctors during his upcoming speaking tour (see header image) resulted in the Attorney General seeking intervener status and asking for criminal contempt of court charges against any of the three who violate court orders again.
Smith, a seasoned public speaker whose talk at UBC last year resulted in the university being ejected from the Pride Parade, is self represented and will be seeking to have the publication ban orders set aside or varied to provide him with an exception because Smith had been writing and speaking about the case since months before it went to court or any orders were issued. Smith calls this a critical free speech case and he plans to use all of his education on the subject and speaking skills to try and convince the judge. During the last hearing Smith questioned the integrity of Justice Bowden’s order which forced the father to refer to his daughter as a boy. “One of the most insidious things a totalitarian state can do,” Smith said to the judge referring to the Bowden order, “is to force its citizens to speak a lie. When the court untethers itself from truth and forces citizens to speak lies, it at the same time untethers itself from justice and becomes little more than the arbitrary enforcer of an authoritarian state.”
Smith has been calling for provincial and national inquiries into the medical transitioning of vulnerable children and had planned to begin a talk tour on this subject March 14th at his alma mater Simon Fraser University, but after months of negotiations SFU administration refused to allow Smith to speak on campus. Smith is considering legal action. SFU joins Trinity Western University, Douglas College, the University of Victoria, and Camosun College who have all either cancelled or refused to host Smith’s controversial talks. The University of British Columbia allowed Smith’s talk last year which was marred by a protest and the fire alarm being pulled, and triggered a subsequent mobilization of UBC administration to discuss the future of controversial speakers on campus. New Westminster, Oak Bay, and Victoria have all refused to rent public facilities to Smith. Smith has stated that this censorship is unacceptable in a free society and plans to take legal action.
Smith is encouraging all those that support free speech and parental rights to come show support out side the Court House at 9:15. The case is scheduled for all day and begins at 9:45am at the Vancouver Supreme Court.
Jenn can be contacted using the contact form on this site here, or by direct message on his Facebook account. Smith is not religious but supports religious rights. Smith identifies as transgender but does not deny biological sex. He describes himself as a left leaning libertarian; Smith calls claims that he is “right wing” absolutely “ridiculous.”
Press image of Jenn Smith: