Anti-trans lobbyist to face court over alleged harassment of soccer players

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An anti-trans lobbyist will face two NSW courts this month after two separate restraining orders were filed against the 51-year-old over the alleged harassment of soccer players.

Two Apprehended Violence Order applications were filed against Kirralie Smith over multiple alleged instances of doxxing (publishing private identifying information without consent) and harassing two transgender women who compete in separate soccer competitions.

Kirralie Smith will face two NSW courts this month over the alleged harassment of transgender soccer players

A third AVO application was also filed against Smith, but was later withdrawn by the applicant.

Smith, a former senate candidate who has been involved in an anti-Islam organisation, is the self-appointed director of anti-trans lobby group Binary Australia. The group was formerly known as Marriage Alliance, an anti-marriage equality lobby group. It rebranded to Binary Australia in 2018.

Multiple sources, who were not authorised to speak publicly due to the matter being before the court, confirmed the women were allegedly harassed online as part of Smith’s recent social media activity that targeted the inclusion of transgender athletes on the soccer field.

A provisional AVO was issued by NSW police to protect one of the applicants before the first court hearing. These temporary orders are issued by police if they deem that a person requires urgent protection before the matter can be heard in court.

Smith is due to appear at Burwood Local Court this month. Police are acting on behalf of the applicant.

She is also due to appear at a later date at a different court north of Sydney.

Smith confirmed to this masthead she intends on appearing either in person or via video link and will be opposing both cases.

AVOs are approved if a magistrate determines that the applicant reasonably fears that the person will engage in violence, harassment, intimidation, or stalking.

In relation to the AVO, Smith tweeted: “I am 51, with a busted knee, & have never been violent in my life.”

Smith was the NSW Senate candidate for The Australian Liberty Alliance and former member of the now-defunct Australian Conservatives party.

Binary Australia’s website states its purpose is “to push back against harmful gender theory and the aggressive ideological agenda that comes with it.”

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