Vasilis Tsiartas may not be a household name in the United States, but in Greece, he’s a legendary soccer player. In 2017, Greece passed a hate speech law equating speech opposing transgenderism with violence, and it had immediate and retroactive results. The clause of a billl being debated in 2017 was about minors as young as 15 years old to undergo mutilation. Tsiartas took to Facebook to oppose this legislation. According to The Times:
In 2017, shortly before the passing of the bill for the redefinition of gender identity, Tsiartas posted a statement on his official Facebook page.
He had posted that he hoped that “the first sex changes are carried out on the children of those who ratified this abomination.”
“Legitimize pedophiles, too, to complete the crimes,” he added.
In a second post, a few hours later, he had commented: “God created Adam and Eve.”
Vasilis Tsiarta was sentenced by the Single-Member Misdemeanor Court of Athens to ten months in prison. He also received a 5000 euro suspended fine for his based post on social media from 2017.
This comes as multiple countries criminalize opposing transgenderism, as well as take children from parents who oppose transgendering their children.