On March 24, an article headlined "Posie Parker Obituary, Posie Parker Has Passed Away – Death Cause" has appeared on a website registered in Reyjkavik, Iceland, called obitsannouncement.com.
Despite the headline falsely announcing the passing of Kellie-Jay Keen (nicknamed Posie Parker), a feminist campaigner from the UK, the text of the article doesn't mention her death. Instead, it is a message aimed at counter-protestors of an event organized by the campaigner, about to take place on Sunday in Wellington, New Zealand.
"Please let us know whether you intend to attend the event and whether you are interested in traveling to the demonstration with a group of other people. Sunday is the day that has been chosen for the demonstration to take place. The protest will take place on Sunday; that is the day that has been decided upon for it to take place."
The only hint of the text's author is "BRHV."
This is something that we at BRHV find to be somewhat unsettling, and we sincerely hope that you are able to appreciate the logic that lies behind the reaction that we have given. Everyone who considers themselves to be a part of the transgender community has our unconditional love and support, and we would like to let you know that you have it because we think it is vital for you to be aware of the fact that you do.
Searching for "BRHV" on Facebook, we found the following post, authored by a nonprofit called Birthright Hutt Valley.
The text of the facebook post closely resembles the one in the obituary, which starts with:
"As a result of a verdict that was given down by the Supreme Court, Posie Parker, who is well-known for her outspoken antagonism for transgender people, will be granted permission to enter the country."
Birthright is a national nonprofit that "specialises in working with families led by one person." Besides its national office, it consists of 11 affiliate organisations, one of which is Birthright Hutt Valley.
The false "obituary" ends with a call to organize a group of counter protestors to Keen's rally on Sunday:
"Please let us know whether you intend to attend the event and whether you are interested in traveling to the demonstration with a group of other people. Sunday is the day that has been chosen for the demonstration to take place."
Kellie-Jay Keen has been touring Australia and New Zealand with her Standing for Women events since the beginning of March 2023. At these "free speech events," anyone, but especially women, are welcome to speak on the topic of women's rights.
The events have gotten negative press coverage by the New Zealand media. The New Zealand Herald as well as other outlets have called Keen an "anti-trans activist" and indicated that her views were "repugnant."
We have contacted Birthright Hutt Valley for comment and will update the piece accordingly.
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