Twitter Battle Between Lesbian, Transgender Advocates Leads to Court Order

A peace order was issued against Phylicia Sampson, a Baltimore resident, in Baltimore County District Court on Wednesday.

A Twitter message about spitting led Towson lawyer and lesbian advocate Cathy Brennan to file for a peace order against a transgender advocate.

Phylicia Sampson, a 28-year-old Baltimore resident, and Brennan, 42, were engaged in a heated debate on the social media site when Sampson wrote that she wanted to spit in Brennan's face.

Baltimore County Distict Court Judge Barbara Jung ordered Sampson to stay away from Brennan's home and place of employment, and to cease contact, according to the peace order. The order expires June 9.

Brennan, a former member of the Boards of the Gay and Lesbian Community
Center of Baltimore, said she has been a gay activist since 1995, but is of the opinion that transgendered women are male and should not have access to "female spaces."

"The balancing interest and concern between lesbians and transwomen is an issue," she said. "This is an issue in [the LGBT] community, but I don't think this has bubbled into the main stream yet."

She runs a controversial blog where she expresses her viewpoints.

Brennan said she met Sampson, a graduate student, through mutual friends in fall 2011, and had invited her into her home on several occassions. 

"At some point, we came to a fork in the road because she believes transwomen are women," she said.

Brennan said Sampson had been sending her a slew of aggressive messages and continued to do so even after Brennan asked her to end their communications.

"I'm afraid of this person at this point," said Brennan, who added that she has received several death threats for her stance. "I take [threats] very seriously."

In a brief phone call with a reporter, Sampson said she has no plans to contact Brennan.

"[Brennan] uses the law as a form of manipulation," she said. "I have said some things but nothing personal about her."

Sampson has since blocked her Twitter page from public view.

Katra Briel January 12, 2013 at 01:43 PM
You are correct, and according to science and biology when my mother was pregnant with me and her body sent signals to mine and infused me with one set of hormones at the time that triggers brain development and gender and at the other time during pregnancy when hormones are sent to trigger body development and sex with the opposite hormones, I was developed and at that moment became a transsexual. So by your definition, my Mom and Dad made me this way. PS: if you think otherwise, have your creator come talk to me. When it fails to show that should be proof enough that you are delusional by believing in little old men living in the sky controlling your life.
Katra Briel January 12, 2013 at 01:45 PM
I sincerely hope that nobody is taking it that I am attacking their person, I am offering information that they may not have had before of chose to ignore in the past. I also have a question for those who are stuck in the binary mode of gender and sex, please explain your position on what spaces an intersex person may or may not occupy while engaging in intercourse (GET YOUR MIND OUTTA DA GUTTER I NEVER SAID SEXUAL INTERCOURSE - GO LOOK UP THE MEANING) or other activities that are held in women only or men only spaces? Do you have to look “down there” and evaluate what portion of which genitalia they may or may not have and look at their medical records to determine and then judge by your whimsical standard what they are on a Yes/No scale, a Black/White scale, or are you going to recognize the many shades of grey and other colors that we all come in? I would suggest that if you are one of those people who prefer to exclude someone because of your personal bias, that you are indeed a hater of some sort. I’ll leave it up to you to self-evaluate and take that long hard look in the mirror, because I really do not care how you feel. I will say this though, when you attempt to exclude anyone for such arbitrary and petty reasons the answers are self evident.
Katra Briel January 12, 2013 at 02:07 PM
Hi Jen! Um I assume that is you! And you know who I mean....but then again how many "Jens" could there possibly be out there? Um and it if isn't the you I think it is, well Hello anyway?!
Katra Briel January 12, 2013 at 02:18 PM
"Setting young adults straight" is fine, but outing them in the process is not. THAT IS THE POINT. How about setting Ms Brennan straight, since by all accounts she is a passive aggressive person who enjoys in instigating incidents and dramas so she may garner attention for herself while playing victim. I'm sorry she seems to like to throw gas on her own home then light the fire by the hand of her victims so she can proclaim her innocence and victimhood while collecting the insurance for burning down her own home... That is a (non religious) “parable” – a story designed to show the actions of situation by a comparison as opposed to any real and actual events. I put that in there because by all accounts, Ms Brennan being a lawyer would attempt to sue me for many reasons if I were to indicate that those events were in any way real ad Arson and insurance fraud are indeed real crimes of which I am NOT accusing her or anyone…. And no I am not a lawyer.
Katra Briel January 12, 2013 at 02:22 PM
I really think you need to change your name to "jimknowsnothing and is a religiousrightwingnut" Just because you think you know anything about something that you are obviously unqualified to discuss does not make it correct. So go back to your book written by stone age people while baking their brains in the desert sun and look for all the answers you want, no matter how many time you proclaim the earth is only 6k years old, that does not make it so.
Katra Briel January 12, 2013 at 02:25 PM
Agathe R., You said: "intimidated by MTF male priveledge", I have to ask you WHAT PRIVELEDGE? What fracking planet do you live on? While violence against women is outrageous and happens all too often, most women do not have to worry about being murdered simply for living their lives. Women (at least in the US and many parts of the civilized world) enjoy the protections of the law when it comes to employment, housing and many other aspects of daily life while Transpeople are still legally discriminated against on a daily basis. If you are intimidated by ANYONE, male, females, Trans, you need to stop being a victim and stand up for yourself. It also helps that if someone is intimidating you let them know that they are doing so, and hopefully they will stop of their own accord, if they persist, take actions legally available to you. PS: I would almost be sorry if you feel I am intimidating you, but you pressed a button that once pressed you cannot unpress. If you would like to further discuss this rationally, I am open to such, and I have rarely (if ever) in my life ever been called “Intimidating”. Though I can be passionate at times. Also please look up information on the “Day of Remembrance” to get a sense of how and what many Transgender people have to live with daily, and while life is generally much harder on MtF, it is no cake walk for FtM either….
Sanchez January 12, 2013 at 03:23 PM
"you are delusional by believing in little old men living in the sky controlling your life." What an arrogant terribly bigoted comment. The vast majority of the worlds population believe in some creator Katra. I would never slur or insult you for not having any belief in a higher power and you should not slur anyone who does. That is as ignorant as it gets. Just as you would not want me to call you defective for being who you are. Far too many of those like you are the LEAST tolerant and most bigoted people around and your comment has shown that.
Dana LaRocca January 12, 2013 at 09:40 PM
@John Flannery. Of course my opinion is biased; that’s why it is called “opinion.” First as I understand it, Cathy uses the same standard of determining male from female as most of the world uses. She uses it to argue against such things as locking up a bepenised rapist with women because that person decides to become transgender in order to have access to more victims. She uses it to argue against the middle aged person with a penis who wants to shower with young women at a college. Second, arguing for protecting women from male violence is not the same as the sort of misgendering that takes place at a convenience store or on a bus. That happens to both sexes, regardless of transgender status. Neither instance is an excuse to threaten another with assault. Finally, taking out a protective order is an act of kindness. It is much kinder to give a potential assailant fair warning than to wait for the assault to occur and then have the perpetrator locked up. Being locked up while transgender in Baltimore is much more to be feared than a simple piece of paper.
Trans Activist January 12, 2013 at 10:41 PM
It appears some on this thread have failed Social Justice 101. So let me make it crystal clear: cis lesbian bigots=Oppressor. Trans women=Victims. Got it? There is now a 40-year history of cis lesbians perpetrating oppression against trans women through hate, threats of violence, smear campaigns and bullying. The Internet part is just the latest incarnation. They are absolutely wretched people who bring on the responses they get. Luckily, they are a small fringe band of extremist hate-mongering ideologues who are dying off. Keep bringing it "womyn" because trans folks, our allies and the "funfems" you decry will fight you EVERY STEP of the way. You are losing and will eventually be lost to the dustbins of hate-group history.
Bryan P. Sears January 12, 2013 at 11:10 PM
A comment by user "Katra Briel" was deleted because it violated Patch terms of use prohibiting profanity/obscene language and masked obscenity.
John Flannery January 14, 2013 at 11:12 AM
@ Dana LaRocca You Wrote: "@John Flannery. Of course my opinion is biased; that’s why it is called “opinion.” First as I understand it, Cathy uses the same standard of determining male from female as most of the world uses. She uses it to argue against such things as locking up a bepenised rapist with women because that person decides to become transgender in order to have access to more victims. She uses it to argue against the middle aged person with a penis who wants to shower with young women at a college." Yes Dana, and most of the world uses a standard of determining whether LGBT people deserve basic rights that would have us barred from working with children and in some countries, executed. So you see, popular opinion means nothing. And I'd love to see some data on the number of people who "decide" to "become" trans to have access to women to harm them. You do realize that's the same argument used by those who would prefer that you were banned from using public restrooms that match your gender presentation, right? I like you Dana, but wake up. Your "friend" doesn't see you as a an equal or even as authentic. So much in fact she'd like to see your right limited by law. I just don't see how you can keep company with such a person. Obviously that's your business...but please don't make excuses for her hateful behavior. JF
Rational woman January 16, 2013 at 11:48 AM
Knowing that a penis is a male organ does not make someone a 'hater'. When are people going to start using their brain with regard to this issue?
Rational woman January 16, 2013 at 12:06 PM
Cathy Brennan has never hatefully outed anyone, nor has she posted photos that weren't already publicly available on the internet. Also, the letter which she CO-WROTE was not calling for the trans community to have no rights or protection. Has anyone actually read it? Saying that a penis is a male organ is fact. It is not hate speech. Anyone who says otherwise is deluded. If you have a penis then you are not female. You may 'identify as a woman', but you do not have a vagina, thus you are not female. Sex and gender are entirely different things and gender is nothing but a social construct used to oppress FAAB women. Pretty basic stuff really. Also, I've watched the video, and the way Cathy Brennan was approached at the NYC Dyke March was abhorrent. If we're going to get into all this hipster Tumblr talk, then maybe the 'MTF' trans folk that surrounded her should realise that their male privilege was showing. Cathy Brennan has done a lot for women and the fact that people consistently threaten her and try to shame her on the internet makes me feel sick. FAAB trans allies should hang their heads in shame.
Linda H. January 16, 2013 at 04:30 PM
The BIGGEST lie that keeps being perpetuated in acknowledging biology exists... is that it is labeled "hate speech". That it promotes/activates "death/violence and abuse of male to transgender". This is a LIE. Women acknowledging biology does NOT "activate" male violence. Males being DENIED control over women activates violence, rage, abuse and unhealthy/irrational reactions. Tg activists and allies want to control women for the sake of men.... when men are the perpetrators of the violence.
Dana LaRocca January 16, 2013 at 08:59 PM
It is true, Rational Woman, that “Cathy Brennan has done a lot for women.” Similarly, it is true that Cathy was one of the primary organizers of the Rally for Chrissy Polis (a transwoman) a day after Easter in 2011, and one of the very few advocates for a man dressed as woman who was murdered earlier this year. In the recent issue of Baltimore Outloud, the Reverend Meredith Moise wrote of the latter incident saying, “I found it ironic that when DeSean Bowman, a young Black queer person, was killed in East Baltimore in June 2012, an employee of an LGBT organization wanted activists to prove that DeSean was LGBT although this was known in the community. In the midst of this, the employee wrote, "We just don't know. He could've been a straight man who lost a bet and had to wear a dress!" This type of attitude must end. Knowing the lives of young Black men in East Baltimore, we know that is at the very least an ignorant statement and at the very most, blatantly racist and horribly wrong.” At the time of that murder, I was the editor of that newspaper. Some of the most powerful voices in our community were involved in bringing public attention to the tragedy. Among them were Cathy Brennan, Reverend Moise, and Krush Kent of the Guardian Angels. The usual gay voices were absent. ALL of the self-proclaimed transgender advocates were silent.
BethTate January 18, 2013 at 08:39 AM
@ Micheal Finch. If you are a trans woman, you don't have a vagina. You have an inside out penis. No part of the inside out penis is a vagina. The cells are penile and scrotum tissues.
BethTate January 18, 2013 at 08:48 AM
People who threaten rape and murder shouldn't have the authorities notified? Huh? Because they are children? The fact that Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris were teenagers didn't stop them. Jamie Bulger was murdered by two ten year olds. Threats should be taken seriously. Cathy gets rape threats and threats against her children. How is she able to determine a real from a posed threat? Wait for something to happen?
BethTate January 18, 2013 at 08:53 AM
@ Katra, Throw gas on her own house and light the fire? So by expressing a dissenting opinion she was asking for it? You are sick. If you threaten violence against someone it is your own fault if you are found out. We are not barbarians. We have the power of speech. You can say "I disagree and here's why..." Not "I'm going to kill you bitch".
BethTate January 18, 2013 at 08:55 AM
@ Katra Brain sex hypothesis and 'hormone wash' theories of transexualism are not peer reviewed scientific studies. There are a number of issues with the way in which these studies were designed and carried out.
BethTate January 18, 2013 at 11:06 AM
@ Katra Briel "'As with all genetic association studies it will be important to replicate these findings in other populations" and "These defective copies of the AR gene could severely reduce normal testosterone levels, resulting in a more female-like brain. Consequently, male-to-female transsexuals might be expected to have a more feminised brain and are therefore likely to display a female gender identity" "May", "could", "might be" and "therefore likely" are not terms used for a definitive answer. It even states in the article that it can't explain all MtF trans. Says nothing about FtM either. If the theory holds true and the fault is low testosterone on the brain, wouldn't the next step be the introduction of testosterone therapy for these individuals?
BethTate January 18, 2013 at 11:13 AM
@TransActivist Nice trolling there troll. Hahaha! If you're not a troll, you are wrong. If you think for a second that we're the looney fringe then you need to get out more. The rest of the world will see Colleen Francis type trans going into female bathrooms and they'll lose it. Nobody is buying your lies. You think Mr and Ms John Q Public are going to want men in female change rooms. Get real. Even medical establishments are waking up to this.
BethTate January 18, 2013 at 11:19 AM
@ John Flannery No one on the dreaded 'radfem' side wants to take away trans rights. They want protections put in place so that women don't have their rights trampled on. Google Colleen Francis. A man who identifies as a woman but still has a penis went into a female locker room and exposed himself. The females felt uncomfortable with him there and asked if he could be removed. They were told that because of Colleen's 'female identity' he had a right to be there. The females now change in a make shift locker room so Colleen and his 'womanly' penis can change in the female locker room. There are pages and pages of news articles about men sneaking into female locker and bathrooms for voyeurism. No one said trans are more likely to perpetuate these crimes. How are females to know trans from weirdo who wants to put cameras under the toilet seat? What is the criteria for female if it's not chromosomes or reproductive organs? When does a 'gender identity' trump a biological reality?
Seamus Smith January 18, 2013 at 03:18 PM
Cathy Brennan is a hero to true feminists everywhere. She is honest, intelligent, courageous and has been targeted in terrible ways by people with serious, serious mental health issues. She is right to use restraining orders or whatever tools are available to her to protect herself and her family from people with anger and reality issues. We all know that some percentage of people who have serious and untreated mental health issues can become dangerous to others, especially if they tend towards rage at anyone who disagrees with their delusions or who challenges their (limited) world view. It's important for the public and law enforcement to know that feminist women are regularly under verbal attack and experience dreadful threats of violence from a sub-set of hyper-radicalized "trans" activists.
BlackSwan January 20, 2013 at 11:06 PM
@Linda H. Homosexuality is also against biology, yet it is considered bigotry if you suggest it, and "activates" lesbian violent tendencies--what a crock of biological-essentialism. Goose and Gander blubber. Political spin at its best. No one here can answer: How does giving transgender people the equality they deserve negate exising laws against rape and violence towards women?
Linda H. January 21, 2013 at 07:11 PM
BalckSwan Quote :: "Homosexuality is also against biology, yet it is considered bigotry..." False. Homophobia is based on misogyny. ** That acts of male on male sex is LABELED an "abomination" due to males taking a "female" receiving sexual position. ** Homophobia is based on misogyny due to the fact that females sexually refuse men and are not procreating as IT is their "patriarchal duty" as females to produce children. ** Homophobia is based on misogyny in controlling SEX. Sex is real. Biology is real. There is absolutely NOTHING bigoted IN acknowledging these two matters of FACT. The OP is about controlling a female lesbian w/acts of physical aggression who will not subjugate into IGNORING biology. THIS again is misogyny. Can you answer why you insist on ALSO ignoring this AND making it something else?
BlackSwan January 21, 2013 at 09:45 PM
@Linda H. False Cause and Effect: Simply put relying on the naturalist fallacy to invalidate trans identities by derivation invalidates homosexual identities. False Assumption: The hypocrisies are clear, “** That acts of male on male sex is LABELED an “abomination” due to the males taking a “female” receiving sex position.” Gay men will take issue with you that not all of them like penetrative sex. Pleasurable sex is giver and receive; not necessarily male as giver and female as receiver. Biological sex must occur with male "giving" sperm to the female "receiver.". Biological Sex is the primary function of sex for the survival of the species. Human beings are sexual dimorphic in nature not to invalidate the hedro or homo realities; one takes on the dominate and other subordinate and/or giver and receiver roles. Your Intellectual Materialism: To have horizontal equity in your reasoning you must state, “**The acts of female on female sex is LABELED an “abomination” due to the female taking “male” penetrative (I.E. strap-on) sex position.” You can’t argue to the absurd; condemn the masculine or “giver” role then when a lesbian takes it on creates no relevant example to your position, unless you apply game theory. False. SEX IS BIOLOGY and propagation of the species is a function of the sexual mechanism. Notwithstanding its dual role as a “pleasurable” act, its primary function is survival of the species.
BlackSwan January 21, 2013 at 09:53 PM
The OP invalidates Trans Identities. The only supporters of Mary Daly/Janise Raymond RadFem BS that Trans is just mutilation, abomination and misogyny when its actually subtext misandry in much of feminist criticism and curriculum. Currently Feminists take an apologist position, “I’m a feminist, … BUT I don’t hate men” because of the historical curriculum. See SCUM Manifesto. Fact of the political PR mechanism of this OP: Cathy Brennan is a political opportunist, using several sleazy tactics and the Klan Fallacy to demonize the transgender community. As did the KKK to blacks during Jim Crow. Her favorite in this case are: Bait, goad, Insult and intimidate her mark, her cronies in waiting recording the response, spin the response as the "mark is being a violent male", barnacle the RadFem agenda that all transgender women are violent men, then claim a false victim narrative, "I'm afraid for my life." The press has used these images to hijack the transsexual/transgender narrative for the last 60 years--its part of the political plan to keep us from full equality. Brennan is a vexatious litigator, using the law as a club to bully the ignorant who didn't take basic civics; "Peace Order" or "Restraining Order" to stigmatize the trans mark. This is evidenced when she brags about these carefully planned and calculated events on her Blogs, demonizing the entire transgender community every chance one of these orchestrated events happen.
justadyke January 28, 2013 at 08:17 PM
Lole Ma January 30, 2013 at 11:37 PM
You do know that's an impersonation, right? She did not write that comment.
Zoe Brain June 19, 2013 at 12:10 AM
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