Trans writer’s visit to school is cancelled as inappropriate

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Juno Dawson, author of Margot and Me and This Book is Gay was going to speak at the St. Mary’s Catholic High School in Preston which trended to differ from most of other Catholic schools with its LGBT-inclusivity. But it was not that case, because the writer was informed within 48 hours that her speech was cancelled

The writer told Buzzfeed that she had been speaking about her new book “all week, in a mixture of grammar schools, private schools, faith schools, all sorts of different schools.” Dawson said she was booked to give a talk about her latest work and the role of women in the 20th century, however, school officials said it was “inappropriate” and the “subject matter” meant “they didn’t think it was suitable”. “I went through stages – the first was I felt personally attacked and quite mortified,” she added. “But then I became angry as I very quickly realised that you can’t do that – you can’t discriminate against people on the basis of their gender.”
She said her final reaction was “a real sadness for the young people of that school.”

Although, the school officials denied every allegation over cancelling the event or discriminating the writer. In a statement they said: “The postponement of Juno’s visit was not due to the fact that Juno Dawson is transgender. We would never discriminate against any individual on the grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity as we teach our children that each individual person is precious and unique. A representative said she felt the subject matter meant that a visit was inappropriate at this time because we wanted a proper context for it so that our younger students could get more value out of it. We wanted more time to do this theme justice for our younger students.”

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