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Gay, Norwegian filmmaker faces hate speech crime for saying male-to-female transgender people can't be lesbians or get pregnant, could get 3 years in prison

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A gay, Norwegian filmmaker faces up to three years in prison for declaring that biological men are not capable of getting pregnant and becoming lesbians. The filmmaker is being investigated for hate speech crimes for remarks made about male-to-female transgender people.

Tonje Gjevjon — a gay, Norwegian filmmaker and actress — was informed on Nov. 17 that she was being investigated for possible hate speech crimes.

Gjevjon wrote a Facebook post that called out Norwegian LGBTQ activist Christine Jentoft — a representative for Norway's leading trans activist group and a transgender female who often uses the label "lesbian mother."

Gjevjon wrote, "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 continued, "Men with fetishes have been protected as a vulnerable minority through the foolish and constructed concept of gender identity is koko [sic]."

Authorities are investigating whether Gjevjon's post violated Norway's hate speech law.

Last year, Gjevjon confronted Norway’s minister of culture and reality regarding transgender people and women's rights.

Gjevjon stated, "I believe it is absolutely necessary to place biological sex as the basis in all contexts where sex has legal, cultural, or practical relevance, and that equating sex with gender identity has harmful, discriminatory consequences for women and girls – especially lesbians."

Gjevjon asked Anette Trettebergstuen, "Will the equality minister take action to ensure that lesbian women’s human rights are safeguarded, by making it clear that there are no lesbians with penises, that males cannot be lesbians regardless of their gender identity, and by tidying up the mess of the harmful gender policies left behind by the previous government?"

Gjevjon wrote in the Norwegian outlet Klassekampen, "I have stated that women are female, that lesbians do not have penises, that children should not be responsible for decisions they do not have the capacity to understand the scope of, and that no-platforming is harmful to democracy. For these opinions I have been canceled several times."

In November 2020, Norway's parliament voted to criminalize hate speech against transgender people.

Norwegians found guilty of hate speech against transgender people face a fine or up to a year in jail for private comments and a maximum of three years in prison for public remarks.

Gjevjon claims that her Facebook post was deliberately written to call attention to the nation's hate speech law.

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