Joe Brennan/@TownTattle

Joe Brennan aka @TownTattle

Joe Brennan, (aka @TownTattle) a male who identifies as a trans woman, was charged with threatening and abusive behaviour in June 2019. The attempted assault was reported to police by a witness.

A report will been sent to the procurator fiscal to decide next steps.

As reported in The Scotsman, the feminist writer and campaigner Julie Bindel, said she was “verbally abused” “lunged at” and almost “punched in the face” by a trans-identified male as she left an event at Edinburgh University organised by the Institute for Education, Teaching and Leadership. Ms Bindel had been the keynote speaker discussing male violence against women and the future of women’s sex-based rights. Her account of the event can be read here. Predictably, trans activists had spent weeks trying to get the meeting of women discussing their rights cancelled.

Brennan, 25, appropriates the first name ‘Cathy’ from a well known American lesbian feminist named Cathy Brennan in order to harass her. We refuse to perpetuate this harassment by using her name to describe the accused.

Media reports

The Scotsman
https://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/police-investigate-after-feminist-almost-punched-after-women-s-talk-in-edinburgh-1-4948212

The Scotsman
https://www.scotsman.com/news/crime/feminist-speaker-julie-bindel-attacked-by-transgender-person-at-edinburgh-university-after-talk-1-4942260

The Times
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/julie-bindel-the-man-in-a-skirt-called-me-a-nazi-then-attacked-8dfwk8jft

Quillette
https://quillette.com/2019/06/14/its-time-for-progressives-to-protect-women-instead-of-pronouns/

The Independent
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/education/education-news/julie-bindel-attack-feminist-trans-activist-women-rights-talk-edinburgh-university-a8947351.html

Evening Standard
https://www.standard.co.uk/news/londoners-diary/the-londoner-feminist-lunged-at-by-trans-activist-a4161196.html