Transgenders Protest Speech by Feminist Meghan Murphy who was Banned by Twitter for ‘Deadnaming’
Dozens of people rallied outside the Vancouver Public Library on Thursday to protest a talk by Meghan Murphy, a feminist blogger whose views on transgender issues have made her a controversial figure.
Murphy appeared at a sold-out event titled “Gender Identity Ideology and Women’s Rights,” and thanked supporters – some who travelled from the U.S. to see her speak – for coming out despite outside pressures.
During the event, she defended some of her more contentious opinions, including that trans women shouldn’t be allowed to compete against cisgender women in sporting events, or use women’s change rooms.
“I think women’s spaces and programs can be protected,” Murphy told CTV News. “Trans-identified people really need services and programs that are specific to them – it doesn’t have to be all one thing. I don’t think it’s necessary to say that people who identify as trans women are literally female, because they’re not, and that’s not an insult. It’s not a judgement, this is just true. You can’t change biological sex.”
Murphy’s supporters told CTV News they appreciate her standing up for “real women.”
Outside the event, a crowd of protesters spoke out against Murphy, who some see as a hate-monger spreading bigoted and outdated ideas.
Among them was trans activist Morgane Oger, who was personally targeted with transphobic flyers while running for school board trustee last October.
“It is against the law to discriminate, to ask for special discrimination,” she told the crowd. “To say, ‘Yeah, but not those people, those people are freaks.’ That is not allowed in Canada in 2019.”
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