Jenni Murray canceled Oxford talk amid accusations of transphobia

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Jenni Murray, best known for hosting BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, has pulled out of a talk at Oxford University for “personal reasons,” after students claimed to have heard her making anti-trans remarks. BBC broadcaster Murray had been due to speak at a Oxford University History Society event on Saturday (November 10) for the group’s “Powerful British women in History and Society” series, but the History Society announced on Facebook that her speech is canceled. t comes after three groups, run by Oxford University Student Union, signed an open letter calling on their institute to “publicly condemn” Murray and to consider canceling the event if possible because inviting transphobic people to speak out publicly goes contrary the university’s policy of tolerance and diversity. The letter was signed by Oxford SU LGBTQ+ campaign, Oxford University LGBTQ+ Society, and Oxford SU Women’s Campaign. It went on to cite an article by Murray in The Sunday Times from March 2017, which was headlined: “Be trans, be proud — but don’t call yourself a ‘real woman.’”

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