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Controversial Liberal candidate Katherine Deves has revealed her family have been forced to move out of Sydney after receiving death threats over her anti-transgender social media posts. 

The lawyer, 44, who was handpicked by Scott Morrison to run in the marginal seat of Warringah against Independent MP Zali Steggall, caused a stir after publishing, then deleting, a series of inflammatory tweets. 

The comments described transgender people as ‘surgically mutilated and sterilised’, claimed half of men with trans identities were ‘sex offenders’, and compared her pursuit to barring the community from women’s sports to stopping the Holocaust. 

Breaking her silence on SBS on Sunday after the scandal sparked calls for her to be disendorsed, Ms Deves admitted her ‘arguments was not conducive to proper, reasonable debate’. 

She said the interview with the program had to take place in a secret location as her safety has been jeopardised.  

Liberal candidate Katherine Deves (pictured) has broken her silence over her controversial transgender comments

Liberal candidate Katherine Deves (pictured) has broken her silence over her controversial transgender comments

Liberal candidate Katherine Deves (pictured) has broken her silence over her controversial transgender comments 

‘I have received death threats, I have had to have the police and AFP involved, my safety has been threatened, my family are way out of Sydney because I don’t want them to witness what I am going through and nor do I want their safety put at risk,’ she said.

Ms Deves said ‘as a mother and woman’ she now realises her arguments were expressed inappropriately and reissued an apology for her ‘hurtful and divisive’ language.

‘It was not the appropriate platform to do so, I have removed myself from that platform and I will not be going back there again,’ she said.

Asked what her message was to young and vulnerable trans kids who may have heard her comments, Ms Deves said her position was about ‘women’s rights’.

‘This is about women ‘s rights. With this issue, we have a collision of rights, and thus far, the voices of women and girls have not been heard,’ she said.

‘And when we have a collision of rights, in liberal democracies, we debate them in a reasonable, measured fashion, and this is what should have taken place is.’

Ms Deves (pictured with her family) said her family have been forced to leave Sydney amid fears for their safety

Ms Deves (pictured with her family) said her family have been forced to leave Sydney amid fears for their safety

Ms Deves (pictured with her family) said her family have been forced to leave Sydney amid fears for their safety

Ms Deves has become a divisive figure following a number of provocative comments on her Twitter account – which she has since deleted.

She once declared trans teenagers are ‘surgically mutilated’ and felt personally ‘triggered’ by the rainbow Pride flag. 

She also bizarrely linked cross-dressing males and and trans women to ‘sexual predators, even serial killers’.

‘Transvestism is very common among sexual predators, even serial killers,’ she said in a historical tweet.

‘So how are we women supposed to tell the difference between the ones who are a threat and the ones who aren’t? Easier for women to exclude all males from spaces where we are vulnerable.’

Last September Ms Deves described the prospect of two gay men having a baby as a ‘vanity project.’

‘Surrogacy is a human rights violation,’ she tweeted. ‘Women’s bodies are not vehicles for a vanity project.’

Ms Deves was referring to Pete Buttigieg, the first openly gay U.S. presidential candidate, and his husband, who are joint fathers of twin girls.

In another tweet, Ms Deves said ‘transablism’ – where trans people pretend to be disabled – is ‘a thing’ and likened people in that category to a well-known serial killer.

‘Didn’t (infamous serial killer) Ted Bundy pretend to be injured to garner sympathy?’ she asked.

In tweets that resurfaced just after the Prime Minister endorsed her for the seat of Warringah, Ms Deves said transgender children who underwent sex reassignment surgery were ‘surgically mutilated and sterilised’.

She shared a picture of a trans American teenager in November who had just had breasts removed and wrote: ‘This photo just hit my feed. It is beyond heartbreaking.’

Ms Deves was handpicked by Scott Morrison to run in the marginal seat of Warringah against Independent MP Zali Steggall

Ms Deves was handpicked by Scott Morrison to run in the marginal seat of Warringah against Independent MP Zali Steggall

Ms Deves was handpicked by Scott Morrison to run in the marginal seat of Warringah against Independent MP Zali Steggall

In a second tweet she added: ‘They will not stand for seeing vulnerable children surgically mutilated and sterilised in futherance of an unattainable idea.

‘The lawsuits will be legion, as will the government inquiries. Complete failure of safeguarding. Mark my words.’

The original image had been shared on social media by a parent of the teenager who underwent the breast removal.

The caption read: ‘So we are on day 10 post op, keyhole. Just got home from my son getting his drains out. Wow, he went from misery of post op to YAY! NO TITTIES!!! Anyway, he 100% gave permission to share this pic’.

Earlier this week, Mr Morrison stood by his ‘captain’s pick’ and said Ms Deves – labelled by some people a ‘bigot’ on social media – would make a ‘great member of parliament’.

‘She is standing up for women and girls and their access to fair sport in this country,’ the PM said.

‘She has learned in her advocacy in her private life there are better ways to do things to take things forward as a Member of Parliament.

‘I believe that is how she will approach the task if she is elected as the member for Warringah, and I don’t think she should be silenced.’

So who ARE the real bigots here? Read the vile abuse Katherine Deves has copped for daring to oppose trans women competing against females – with feral activists calling her ‘vermin’ who should be set on FIRE 

BY CHARLOTTE KARP FOR DAILY MAIL AUSTRALIA 

Liberal candidate Katherine Deves has been subjected to horrific abuse since she was hand-picked by Scott Morrison to run in a key Sydney seat, including vile death threats for campaigning to ban transgender athletes from women’s sport.

Ms Deves was selected by the Prime Minister as the Liberal candidate for the northern Sydney seat of Warringah, but her position as the Liberal candidate has been attacked on the party’s left because of her controversial views on transgender women.

The would-be MP claimed athletes who are born male have biological advantages and should not be allowed to compete against biological women – a notion which has sparked heated debate across the world.

A series of now-deleted tweets resurfaced from April 2021 where Ms Deves described transgender kids as ‘surgically mutilated and sterilised’, and compared her Protect Women’s Sport movement to standing up against the Holocaust.

Controversial Liberal candidate for the seat of Warringah Katherine Deves (pictured)

Controversial Liberal candidate for the seat of Warringah Katherine Deves (pictured)

Controversial Liberal candidate for the seat of Warringah Katherine Deves (pictured)

She also likened her stance on the issue as being akin to the French Resistance fighters who resisted German occupation during World War II.

The Liberal candidate has since apologised and said her language was ‘not acceptable’ – while doubling-down on her belief that transgender women should not compete in women’s sports.

Her views were slammed by her main political rival and current MP in the seat, Zali Steggall, a former Olympic bronze medallist and Austalia’s best-ever Alpine skier, and she was bombarded with a hundreds of rape and death threats about her views. 

One user tagged Ms Deves on Twitter and wrote: ‘Ask your doctor if dying in fire is right for you.’

When someone stood up for the Liberal candidate, the user added: ‘I have no qualms helping to set bigots on fire … it is akin to killing vermin.’

A Twitter exchanges (pictured) about NSW Liberal candidate Katherine Deves

A Twitter exchanges (pictured) about NSW Liberal candidate Katherine Deves

A Twitter exchanges (pictured) about NSW Liberal candidate Katherine Deves

A NSW Police spokesman said Ms Deves has not made a formal complaint about any threats she received, but added: ‘We don’t condone death threats of any kind.’

The Liberal candidate told supporters in an email on Monday night that she had been ‘bullied in the most vile way’.

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Ms Deves for comment.

While many slammed the Liberal candidate as a ‘bigot’, most managed to disagree with her without threatening her personal safety.

One person said: ‘Breaking: It’s not bullying if you’re a bigot attacking a minority group. You’re just a bad person,’ one person claimed.

Another wrote: ‘The evil of the Katherine Deves issue – so intentional and wicked.’

Someone else said bullying and death threats are ‘not warranted’, but told Ms Deves that it might give her ‘an idea of what transgenders go through’. 

‘Katherine Deves claims she is being bullied. Seriously. Your comments about marginalised LGBTIQ+ are way beyond bullying,’ another wrote.

‘You’re being held to account for your heinous comments, is not bullying. You are not a representative of my community in Warringah.’

In the email to supporters, Ms Deves also said: ‘My opponents, parts of the left media and Twittersphere have been unrelenting in calling for me to be disendorsed, because of past statements.’

‘I have been bullied in the most vile way and received death threats. I’m not going anywhere, as the Prime Minister said yesterday.’

On Sunday Ms Steggall was asked if she would have raced against transgender competitors during her ski event in Japan in 1998.

The Independent MP brushed aside the question saying there were ‘bigger issues’ to focus on, including harassment and equal pay and media coverage.

Katherine Deves (pictured) has been blasted with death and rape threats for her views on transgender athletes

Katherine Deves (pictured) has been blasted with death and rape threats for her views on transgender athletes

Katherine Deves (pictured) has been blasted with death and rape threats for her views on transgender athletes

‘I feel there’s a lot of lying going on about the actual status quo, we already have a law. The Sex Discrimination Act already deals with the situation, this is just not an issue,’ Ms Steggall said.

‘And saying that parents will be concerned is just repeating a transphobia line,’ she added – which 2BG host Ben Fordham slammed as a ‘disgraceful slur’.

Fordham told listeners on Tuesday: ‘Parents asking questions about fairness are transphobic according to Zali Steggall.’

‘Zali ignores the uneven playing field when it comes to transgender athletes. When you have someone born a man competing against women you have an unfair advantage.’

The radio host went on to say that prominent transwoman Caitlyn Jenner has gone on the record to say that women and girls in sport ‘should be protected from having to compete against biological men’.

‘So is Caitlyn Jenner, the most high-profile figure on planet earth, transphobic? Apparently, according to Zali.’

‘Zali Steggall is off with the fairies and she refuses to say if she would have been happy competing against male-born athletes when she was an Olympic skier.’

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