A Norwegian woman is facing up to 3 years in prison on criminal “hate speech” charges.
The Norwegian woman known as Tonje Gjevjon spoke out against a transgender woman claiming to be a “lesbian”.
Tonje Gjevjon, a lesbian filmmaker and actress, was informed on Nov. 17 that she was under investigation for speaking out against prominent Norwegian activist Christine Jentoft on Facebook.
Jentoft is a transgender female that often refers to herself as a lesbian mother.
The post which was seen on Gjevjon’s Facebook page stated that “It’s just as impossible for men to become a lesbian as it is for men to become pregnant. Men are men regardless of their sexual fetishes.”
Gjevjon has admitted that the Facebook post was intentional and meant to draw attention to the controversial subject matter regarding Norway’s hate speech laws.
Gjevjon’s comments fall under one of Norway’s penal codes, a 2020 amendment that added “gender identity and gender expression” under-protected categories from hate speech.
People who are found guilty of hate speech under this recent penal code can face a fine or up to one year in prison for private remarks, and a maximum of three years for public comments.
Jentoft previously accused another woman, Christina Ellingsen, of transphobia for a similar claim. Ellingsen is also under investigation and faces three years in jail if found guilty.
Women’s rights activists, including the Women’s Declaration International Norway, of which Ellingsen is a representative, have claimed that the amendment inhibited free speech and expression in the country.
This is not the first time that Gjevjon has spoken out.
Just last year, Gjevjon confronted Anette Trettebergstuen, Norway’s minister of culture and reality, alleging that misinterpreting gender identity and biological sex has “harmful” and “discriminatory” implications for women, especially lesbians.
The first discrimination charge in Norway that centered on gender identity was filed in 2018.
The case concentrated on a transgender woman who complained that they were asked not to shower in the woman’s locker room of a sports center, according to female-led news organization Reduxx.
Similar cases have emerged across Europe, including Finland, where a religious freedom case saw the intensity grow between free speech and LGBTQ supporters.
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