Transgender activist Sarah Jane Baker remanded in custody after men accused of urging her to ‘punch a TERF’ at London Pride rally
Sarah Jane Baker, who was jailed for 30 years for attempted murder, has been remanded in prison after calling a trans+ pride rally in London to punch ‘TERF’
A transgender activist accused of urging crowds to kill ‘TERFs’ at a London Pride event was today remanded in custody to a men’s prison.
Sarah Jane Baker, 53, was speaking at the Trans+ Pride rally in Westminster on July 8 and reportedly said: ‘I’ll come here and be really fluffy and really nice and say yes be really nice and queer and gay…
‘Nah, if you see a TERF, punch them in the f****** face.’
TERF stands for ‘Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminist’ and is a common acronym used to label people as ‘anti-trans’.
Baker, of Richmond-upon-Thames, south-west London, was reported to the Metropolitan Police and arrested on July 12.
Sarah Jane Baker (pictured) was a speaker at the Trans+ Pride event in London on July 8. She allegedly urged the crowd to ‘punch’ a TERF – short for Trans-Exclusionist Radical Feminist.
Supporters of Sarah Jane Baker gathered outside Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Friday 14 July, demanding the activist’s release.
Baker had previously been jailed for 30 years for kidnapping and attempted murder and was returned to prison for breaching license conditions.
Baker appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court this morning, via video-link from HMP Wandsworth, speaking only to give a name and date of birth.
The employee denies harassment warnings and using threatening or abusive words or behavior intended to cause distress. A trial date was set for August 31 at City of London Magistrates’ Court.
Deputy Chief Magistrate Tan Ikram said: ‘This is important [Ms Baker] No longer in custody than necessary, his freedom is paramount.’
Baker’s supporters held banners reading ‘Free Sarah’ and ‘No Equality and No Silence’ outside the court.
An Instagram page with over 2000 followers has been created for Baker’s release from a men’s prison.
Baker, of Richmond, was remanded in custody ahead of a further case management hearing on August 17.
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