Transgender taxi driver says she has been BANNED from Facebook

Transgender taxi driver who won £4million on a scratch card says she has been BANNED from Facebook for shaming a man who ‘took the mick out of the LGBT community’

  • Melissa called the ban ridiculous asking sharing a screenshot of his comments 
  • The 57-year-old from Hull, East Yorkshire, has a ban which is set to last 30 days
  • The former taxi driver said she was ‘only trying to protect the community’

A transgender taxi driver who won £4m on a scratchcard claims she has been banned from Facebook for shaming a man who posted a damning comment on trans women.

Melissa Ede, 57, said she was banned for ‘standing up for the LGBT+ community’ by slamming the man’s use of negative language against homosexual and transgender women.

The millionaire from Hull, East Yorkshire, has hit out at the ban, which is set to last 30 days.

Melissa Ede, 57, who won £4m on a scratchcard claims she has been banned from Facebook for shaming a man who posted negative comments about trans women

Melissa said: ‘It is absolutely ridiculous. All I did was share the screenshot of the post that he had put up, which was taking the mick out of the LGBT community.’

The original post showed a picture of three men posing with a person dressed in women’s clothing sporting a full beard.

One rambling reply to the post said: ‘Seen it all now women with a f****** beard. What they putting in Hull City water other than flouride be jesus!


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The original post (pictured) showed a picture of three men posing with a person dressed in women’s clothing sporting a full beard

‘First of all 60% of women going lesbo cause of tap water now f****** beards!!! There is Bob hope and no f****** hope of me finding a normal women taxi to the moon fancy a busty Alien shaved.’

Melissa said: ‘I shared the screenshot of that and just said something along the lines of ‘it’s not the water that needs changing, it’s your attitude and your ego’.

‘There wasn’t any swearing or any hate language or anything. I think he had reported it and before I got banned he had deleted the post but Facebook don’t realise they just scan the words and would have seen that I shared it and not what context I was posting it in.’

The former taxi driver from Hull, East Yorkshire has a ban which is set to last for 30 days

The former taxi driver said she was ‘frustrated’ at the ban as she was ‘only trying to protect the community.’

Melissa said: ‘I went to reply to a message and it logged me out and told me the reason I’d been banned and it went against their guidelines.

‘When I go on and it tells me how long I’ve got left on my ban. It’s like they’re torturing me with it.

‘I am being punished for trying to stand up for my community against people who hate on it. Where’s the justice? I was trying to protect the LGBT community and make people aware.’


Melissa (right) , formerly known as Les (left), said: ‘It is is so frustrating this has happened. I see myself as someone who brings a lot of enjoyment to people’s days’

Although she uses her Facebook page to bring ‘enjoyment’ with funny videos, Melissa said she is mostly frustrated because she also uses it to support people in their hours of darkness.

Melissa said: ‘Of course the videos bring a lot of enjoyment to people’s days. I get a lot of messages from people who say they’re in hospital or they’re down or are having chemo and they say the videos made them laugh and brought them enjoyment.

‘But I also get a lot of people messaging about bullying and transgender issues and if it hadn’t have been for me they wouldn’t be here today.

Melissa feels like she is being punished by the social media site for sticking up for trans issues

‘People message in and are so desperate for help and if they can’t get help even through me it is so wrong.’

Melissa said that while she is banned from Facebook she will be using her Instagram page to post updates, videos and messages of support.

Melissa, formerly known as Les, said: ‘It is is so frustrating this has happened. I see myself as someone who brings a lot of enjoyment to people’s days.

‘People don’t see that and say I make myself look an idiot but what entertainer doesn’t?

‘I don’t know what to do I will have to start using Instagram. I have it but I don’t really use it I will again. When the ban lifts it will just come off and that will be it.’  

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