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Protest when the Nottingham lecture was canceled due to the author’s transgender views

Written by Javed Iqbal

A talk canceled by Nottingham City Council due to views of the author whether the rights of transgender people continue to take precedence. Julie Bindel had been on her way to speak at the Aspley Library about feminist activism on Saturday, June 25, but after the reservation was canceled by the council, the talk took place outside the library instead.

The City Council canceled the event because Ms Bindel’s views on transgender rights were in conflict with the authority’s equality, diversity and inclusion strategy. The author said, “My speech should focus on how things are in many ways worse for young women than when I was a teenager in my seventies.”

Mrs Bindel also explained that her talk was about “how we work together to solve problems that young women face today.” For more than 40 years she has been a feminist activist and has successfully worked on many campaigns to stop male violence, some of which have led to changes in the law.

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The author added: “Right now we have a situation in the United States that will have a massive reaction here with the overthrow of Roe vs. Wade.” She went on to criticize what some have described as transphobia, adding: “I was not even going to address that issue here today.”



Miss Bindel described the city council’s decision to cancel her sold-out speech as “contemptible”. She said: “The statement they made today makes it very, very clear that they have banned me from meeting in a public library with citizens of Nottingham because of my conviction, which is protected by law.

“It’s discrimination in law, it’s humiliating, but more importantly it is disrespectful and insulting to women and girls in Nottingham to be told they cannot hear a feminist voice.”



The author gave his talk outside the Aspley Library to dozens of listeners shortly after noon. They described the author and her speech as “hateful and transphobic.”

Official Liam McClelland, 34, said: “Transphobia is not a new issue, it’s not a new thing. It’s just a shame to see it when so much else is happening in the UK at the moment. Hospitality staffer, Anna Preston , 34, added: “They told the council they would hold a security interview. We knew who they were so we could contact the council, who said no, one must not spread hatred in the library.

“We are here to show other LGBTQ + followers that they are not alone, even when things seem dark, there is always a nice trans flag that will be.”



Prior to the event, in a joint statement addressing the cancellation, the Nottingham City Council Deputy Chief said Councilor Adele Williams and Portfolio Holder for Neighborhoods, Safety and Inclusion, Councilor Neghat Khan, said: “This was a private reservation at the Aspley Library by the ‘Nottingham Women for Change’ group, and all ticket sales and marketing of the event had been made independently without input. the advice.”

“Although it was known that the event should take place from a feminist perspective, the Library Service was not informed about the speaker’s views on transgender rights. When we became aware of this, we made the decision to cancel the reservation.

“Nottingham is an inclusive city and as a council we support our LGBT community and are committed to supporting trans rights as human rights through Stonewall. We did not want to use one of our library buildings for this event taking place in Pride month, to be perceived as implicit support for the speaker’s views that run counter to our position on transgender rights. “

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