A journalist has claimed she is being investigated by police after she called a transgender woman a man.
Caroline Farrow said she has been told by Surrey Police that they “want to conduct a taped interview under caution” because of posts she made on social media in September.
The comments were made after she appeared on ITV’s Good Morning Britain alongside Susie Green, whose daughter Jackie Green is transgender, to discuss the Girl Guides’ decision to let children who have changed their gender join.
The police’s decision to launch an investigation is an “outrage”, she tweeted on Tuesday, adding: “I can’t sleep I am so furious.”
I have pointed out to the police that I am a Catholic journalist/commentator and it is my religious belief that a person cannot change sex. That we are in the middle of a national conversation about what it means to be male and what it means to be female.
— Caroline Farrow (@CF_Farrow) March 18, 2019
She said: “I don’t even remember said tweets! I probably said ‘he’ or ‘son’ or something.
“All I have been told is that following an appearance on Good Morning Britain I made some tweets misgendering Susie Green’s child and that I need to attend a taped interview.
“I have pointed out to police that I am a Catholic journalist/commentator and it is my religious belief that a person cannot change sex.”
Overwhelmed by the support today. Thank you. I’m feeling a mixture of righteous indignation and extreme nausea. I thoroughly recommend the inadvertent alleged misgender diet for rapid and extreme weight loss!
— Caroline Farrow (@CF_Farrow) March 19, 2019
Ms Farrow added that she would “happily do jail time” for her “right to say that people cannot change sex”.
Ms Farrow said that she had been “overwhelmed by the support” she had received over the incident, adding: “Thank you.”
She argued that she had done nothing wrong and the mistake was “inadvertent and Freudian” as she tries “really hard not to misgender people”.
A police spokesman told the Daily Telegraph: “A thorough investigation is being carried out to establish whether any criminal offences have taken place.”
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said in November that forces should focus their resources on tackling violence over other types of crime.