Artist whose workshops were postponed because of alleged transphobia plans a legal action

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An artist whose workshops were postponed by Oxford Brookes university after the LGBT+ society condemned her views and branded her anti-trans. Rachel Ara was due to hold fine art workshops and give a talk to Oxford Brookes students on November 19, but announced that day on Twitter that the university decided to postpone it, citing her transphobia as a reason. The university said the lecture was postponed because it “had not been booked through the usual process,” and it did not actually mean to limit her right for a freedom of speech. The Oxford Brookes LGBT+ Society had written a letter to the university’s pro-vice chancellor condemning her invitation to speak, saying that Ara, 54, who is a London-based conceptual and data artist, is a “trans exclusionary radical feminist,” which she said could not be possible because she is a lesbian and attends Prides every year.

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