Sexual assault survivor Grace Tame has blasted Sydney Liberal candidate Katherine Deves after she described inclusion initiative Wear it Purple Day as a “grooming tactic” by “gender extremists”.
Deves (above right) is the Liberal’s candidate in the Sydney seat of Warringah.
On Thursday, The Guardian published Deves’ 2021 comments from her now-deleted website.
She described Wear it Purple Day as a “grooming tactic” used by “gender extremists” to “enforce upon society the false idea that biological sex is irrelevant”.
She accused Wear it Purple Day supporters of “endorsing extreme body modification and irreversible hormone treatments for vulnerable children”.
Grace Tame slams Liberal candidate’s ‘insidious hatred’
But Grace Tame (above left), who is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, took to Twitter to furiously call out Katherine Deves’ “insidious” and “hateful” use of the word “grooming”.
“Katherine Deves has equated positive relationships education for LGBT youth to ‘grooming,'” Tame tweeted.
“Not only is this deeply insulting to the LGBT community, it trivialises very real experiences of one of the most evil forms of calculated psychological violence.
“This is all the more reason we need increased education of what grooming actually is.
“Terms like this are not to be thrown around lightly. That it has been in this case is very telling.
“It implies that like the paedophiles who weaponise it, the LGBT community are monstrous.
“That is simply untrue. This kind of insidious hatred is shamefully cruel. It is deliberate and tactical and it is designed to ignite fear and division.
“It has to stop. LGBT rights are human rights.”
Meanwhile, Magda Szubanski also described Deves’ transphobic comments as “ignorant” and “downright cruel”.
“The comments from Deves are ignorant as well as distinctly lacking in compassion and common sense,” she said.
“In fact, let’s just say it… they’re downright cruel.
“I’m careful not to overuse the term ‘homophobic’… but sometimes it’s the only word that fits.”
Katherine Deves previously apologised for transphobic posts
Katherine Deves co-founded the Save Women’s Sport lobby group. The group campaigns for sports organisations to ban transgender women from female sports.
Earlier this week, Prime Minister Scott Morrison described her as an “outstanding individual” and claimed he “shares her views on those topics”.
But on Wednesday, Deves apologised for other now-deleted social media posts containing vile slurs about trans youth.
“My advocacy for the rights and safety of women and girls is well known,” she said.
“I stand by my desire to ensure we protect the safety of women and girls and our entire community.
“However, the language I used was not acceptable, and for that I apologise.”
Equality Australia said Deves’ transphobic rants are “an example of the dehumanising abuse that trans people, and the broader LGBTIQ+ community, encounter every day.”
The 2022 federal election is on May 21.
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