Father Ted creator Graham Linehan brands PSNI ‘homophobic’ over pursuit of Lurgan lesbian

Father Ted creator Graham Linehan has accused Lurgan police of “homophobic harassment” after a lesbian in the Co Armagh town was informed she is being sought for interview under caution.

Thursday, 21st October 2021, 4:48 pm
Updated Thursday, 21st October 2021, 5:34 pm

Linehan, who also wrote hit TV sitcoms The IT Crowd and Black Books, made the claim as he revealed that he too is being sought by the PSNI – understood to be in relation to alleged anti-transgender comments.

The 53-year-old father-of-two has been outspoken in recent years in opposition to what he calls “trans activists” who support the use of ‘puberty blockers’ for children and allowing men to self-identify as women.

He made his latest comments in a Youtube video exchange with Lurgan woman Ceri Black.

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In the video, Ms Black said police told her the complaint was made by [name withheld], an outspoken supporter of the transgender community based in Scotland.

On Wednesday, she also tweeted: “I’ve just been called by the police in Lurgan. I have been informed that I am to be interviewed under caution regarding my tweets, following a complaint about me.

“If I don’t go to the station voluntarily, I will be arrested. They won’t tell me which tweets until I get there.”

Speaking directly to Ms Black via the video call, Graham Linehan said: “I have been contacted by Northern Irish police as well.

“Maybe we can all write to Lurgan police station and complain to them about this homophobic harassment. I said I’m not going to the station. I told them to email me.”

He has previously said he is not anti-transgender, but “anti-trans activist”.

Ms Black later tweeted: “I’m getting a lawyer. I’m taking their advice. I’m calling the policeman’s bluff. He can come and arrest me if he wants. I’m no commenting everything. I’m not locking down, I stand by the truths I have spoken and I am unafraid.”

The PSNI declined to comment on Mr Linehan’s claim, however, a spokesman said: “Police have made contact with a woman in connection with an ongoing investigation into allegations of improper use of communications network to make arrangements for her to participate in a voluntary interview.”

Speaking to the Irish Times in 2019, Linehan said: “I don’t think I’m saying anything controversial. My position is that anyone suffering from gender dysphoria needs to be helped and supported.”

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