'Misgendering' is not a crime: Support preacher arrested, fined and reported to terrorist watchdog

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'Misgendering' is not a crime: Support preacher arrested, fined and reported to terrorist watchdog

'Misgendering' is not a crime: Support preacher arrested, fined and reported to terrorist watchdog

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Did you know you could be fined £620 and forced to do 80 hours of community service for ‘misgendering’ someone?

Dave McConnell, a lettings agent based in Leeds, has become the first street preacher in the UK to be prosecuted and reported to counter-terrorism for 'misgendering' a member of the public while sharing the good news of Jesus Christ in Leeds City Centre. 

Despite there being no legal obligation to use anyone's preferred pronouns in the UK, Dave was later convicted by the local district judge and was forced to do 80 hours of community service, reported to Prevent and ordered to pay costs of £620. 

While preaching in Leeds, Dave was asked, while speaking about a range of topics, by a biological male that self-identifies as a 'trans woman' whether God accepted the LGBT community. 

Responding to the question, Dave, who encourages members of the public to ask him questions while preaching, said: "No, God hates sin. So, this Gentleman asked a question..."

Members of the crowd screamed at him: "She's a woman!".

He replied: "No, this is a man", to which a female member of the crowd shouted: "She's just as much a woman as me!" 

Continuing to calmly preach about what the Bible says about sexual sin and homosexuality, Dave referred to the individual as 'this gentleman' and a 'man in women's clothes'.

He continued to preach and during the afternoon was repeatedly verbally abused by members of the public, assaulted, and at one point had possessions stolen, including an amplifier. 

Video footage of his arrest shows members of the crowd shouting at the police: "You've got a baton, slap him around the f***ing arse and take him."

They also called him, and another street preacher standing alongside him, a "Stupid C***", a "dirty little scumbag" and said,"just imagine if I pushed him off there [step ladders]"

The crowd also shouted at the preachers to: "Turn that cross upside down and shove it up you're f***ing arse"

However, rather than controlling the crowd, a police officer with pentagram tattoos started collating evidence on how Dave had 'misgendered' the 'trans woman' before arresting him. 

This case represents a disturbing trend in our society which is seeing members of the public and professionals being prosecuted and reported as potential terrorists for refusing to celebrate and approve LGBT ideology or for 'misgendering'. 

Sign our petition to the Home Secretary and Justice Secretary urging them to issue guidance to police which clarifies that misgendering is not a crime and that Christians can hold the belief the foundational Christian belief from Genesis 1:27 that we are born male and female. 

Sign the petition to help protect street preachers like David McConnell.

UPDATE: Dave's appeal on 9 March 2023 was successful, overturning his conviction. Let's make sure it doesn't happen to anyone else!

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Petition to: The Home Secretary and The Justice Secretary

To the Secretary of State for the Home Department, The Rt Hon Suella Braverman KC MP, and the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, the Rt Hon Dominic Raab MP. 


Healthcare professionals, preachers and other members of the public are losing their jobs and, in some cases, facing prosecution for ‘misgendering’ individuals despite there being no law recognising gender self-ID and no legal obligation to use anyone’s preferred pronouns. 


Some of these individuals have even been reported to the government’s counter-terrorism watchdog, Prevent, for ‘misgendering’.  


No one should be compelled to use pronouns or use speech that they disagree with. 


We ask the government to issue guidance to police, employers and healthcare bodies that clarifies the current law on free speech and pronouns, clearly stating that no one should be prosecuted or penalised for ‘misgendering’. 

[Your Name]

Petition to: The Home Secretary and The Justice Secretary

To the Secretary of State for the Home Department, The Rt Hon Suella Braverman KC MP, and the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, the Rt Hon Dominic Raab MP. 


Healthcare professionals, preachers and other members of the public are losing their jobs and, in some cases, facing prosecution for ‘misgendering’ individuals despite there being no law recognising gender self-ID and no legal obligation to use anyone’s preferred pronouns. 


Some of these individuals have even been reported to the government’s counter-terrorism watchdog, Prevent, for ‘misgendering’.  


No one should be compelled to use pronouns or use speech that they disagree with. 


We ask the government to issue guidance to police, employers and healthcare bodies that clarifies the current law on free speech and pronouns, clearly stating that no one should be prosecuted or penalised for ‘misgendering’. 

[Your Name]