University academic is criticized for calling trans activists abusive

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An academic was barred from delivering a university lecture students for her anti-trans remarks on the BBC radio. Heather Brunskell-Evans, a research fellow at King’s College London, is also being investigated by the Women’s Equality Party – where she is a spokesperson – for “promoting prejudice against the transgender community” which she calls abusive and reactionary. On the programme, panellists quizzed her and a few other speakers, some of whom were trans, about how gender should be determined and defined. “If a child decides that it’s an astronaut, one can play along with this. One doesn’t have to moralise about it but quite clearly the child is not an astronaut; one doesn’t go along with the story,” the academic said, “In fact, it’s incumbent upon adults who are responsible for the welfare – psychological and social and medical – of children not to go along with this story.” The “trans narrative,” she continued, was “imposing” mistaken alignments with the relativity of gender on kids. A spokesperson for the party said: “The Women’s Equality Party will ensure a thorough, impartial and transparent investigation for all complaints. We will not comment further on this matter until that process has been concluded.” The woman responded to the backlash saying: “I refute that I have promoted prejudice against the trans community either on the programme or through my writing and social media. I have called for transparent public debate, without fear of reprisal, of the social, psychological and physical consequences of the narrative that children can be born in ‘the wrong body’.”

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