Gender warrior Katherine Deves insists she’s NOT ‘transphobic’ and claims she CAN actually win the election (but the bookies don’t agree)
- Embattled Liberal candidate Katherine Deves speaks with 2GB’s Ben Fordham
- She denied she was transphobic but said she was starting a ‘respectful’ debate
- Ms Deves arrived at the radio station with security after receiving death threats
- She told Fordham she believes she can still win the seat of Warringah
Liberal election candidate Katharine Deves has declared she is not transphobic and can still win despite the controversial start to her campaign.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s ‘captain’s pick’ for the Sydney northern beaches seat of Warringah has told Ben Fordham on 2GB that despite being attacked for her comments on trans people participating in women’s sport, she has never contemplated quitting.
‘I believe this is very much an issue of equality and fairness and I have received messages of support from all over Australia,’ she said.
‘Australians are very much on side with my position.’
Katherine Deves told Ben Fordham on 2GB that despite being attacked for her comments on trans people participating in women’s sport, she has never contemplated quitting
Fordham mentioned Ms Deves had arrived at the 2GB studios flanked by security guards as she faced death threats as a result of her old social media posts.
Ms Deves said she had ‘drawn strength’ from meeting people in the electorate during the campaign as she battled intense criticism.
‘I don’t look at it. I have a great supportive team around me so I can concentrate on the job,’ she said of the ‘pile-on’ she had received as a result of her stance.
She said she got involved in the issue of trans people in sport because she has three little girls who play different sports.
‘I saw that little girls and young women should have someone standing up representing their interests and all I ever wanted was for this debate to be held in the public domain.
Ms Deves denied she was transphobic during the 2GB interview, saying she had attended Mardi Gras in the early 1990s and voted for same-sex marriage and her comments were not about ‘that’
Fordham asked Ms Deves directly whether she was transphobic.
‘Oh of course not, Ben,’ she responded.
‘This isn’t about (transphobia), this argument is about women and girls.
‘Back in the early 1990s I was going to Mardi Gras, I voted for same-sex marriage, I don’t have an issue with that but this is about a collision of rights and we just need to be able to debate it in a respectful way.’
Ms Deves also said she could still win Warringah.
‘I wouldn’t have stood up if I didn’t believe I had a chance to win,’ she said.
In the wake of Ms Deves’ comments, there have been multiple calls for Ms Deves to be disendorsed, including by prominent Liberals North Sydney MP Trent Zimmerman and NSW Treasurer Matt Kean.
Ms Deves faces an uphill battle to reclaim Warringah for the Liberals, with the former blue-ribbon seat currently held by independent MP Zali Steggall by more than seven per cent.
Ms Steggall was $1.04 favourite to win the seat while Ms Deves is at $9, according to the most recent Sportsbet odds.