Council chiefs cancel talk by feminist writer Julie Bindel due to views on trans rights

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Stonewall-backing council chiefs cancel talk by feminist writer Julie Bindel at local library because her views ‘fly in the face’ of their position on trans rights

  • The writer had been due to speak about ‘feminist activism to end male violence’
  • But the council said her views on transgender rights were at odds with its own
  • Ms Bindel insists the event will be going ahead on the street outside the library

Council chiefs have cancelled a library talk by feminist writer Julie Bindel because her views ‘fly in the face’ of their position on trans rights.

Ms Bindel had been due to speak about ‘feminist activism to end male violence in Nottingham’ at Aspley Library in Nottingham today.

But the city council, which is a ‘close partner’ with controversial charity Stonewall – which in turn named it as one of the top LGBT employers in the country in 2019 – confirmed it had cancelled the talk due to a clash of views.

The authority said Ms Bindel’s views on transgender rights were at odds with its equality, diversity and inclusion strategy.

A library talk by the feminist writer Julie Bindel has been cancelled over her views on transgender rights

A library talk by the feminist writer Julie Bindel has been cancelled over her views on transgender rights

Ms Bindel had been due to speak about 'feminist activism to end male violence in Nottingham' at Aspley Library in Nottingham today

Ms Bindel had been due to speak about ‘feminist activism to end male violence in Nottingham’ at Aspley Library in Nottingham today

In a thread on Twitter, Ms Bindel said: ‘I was asked to speak to (predominantly working class/young) women about feminist activism to end male violence in Nottingham.

‘The event was sold out very quickly, and was due to take place at @NottmLibraries. Just now, we have been informed that the talk is cancelled.

‘Why? Because misogynistic men’s rights activists (masquerading as supporters of trans rights) have badgered & harassed the venue to the point where they could take no more inconvenience.

‘When the organisers said: ‘Fine, we won’t have the private room, we will meet in the library’, they said: ‘No you’re not allowed in.’

She said the event will be going ahead on the street outside the venue.

Nottingham City Council’s Labour deputy leader, Adele Williams and portfolio holder for neighbourhoods, safety and inclusion, Neghat Khan released a joint statement addressing the cancellation.

They said: ‘This was a private booking at Aspley Library by the ‘Nottingham Women for Change’ group and all ticket sales and marketing of the event had been undertaken independently with no input from the council.

The writer insisted the event will be going ahead on the street outside the venue

The writer insisted the event will be going ahead on the street outside the venue

‘While it was known that the event was going to be from a feminist perspective, no information around the speaker’s views on transgender rights was brought to the Library Service’s attention. Once we became aware of this, we took the decision to cancel the booking.

‘Nottingham is an inclusive city and as a council we support our LGBT community and have committed to supporting trans rights as human rights through Stonewall.

‘We did not want the use of one of our library buildings for this event, taking place during Pride month, to be seen as implicit support for views held by the speaker which fly in the face of our position on transgender rights.’

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