Trans activists glue themselves to floor at Oxford union in protest at talk

A trans activist glued themselves to the floor at Oxford Union as they interrupted the controversial talk by Kathleen Stock. The incident occurred on Tuesday afternoon outside the Oxford Union to protest against a talk by the gender-critical academic writer.

Ms Stock was welcomed with applause, some giving a standing ovation, as she arrived to talk about her views including: “It’s not hate speech to say that males cannot be women.”

The philosopher’s belief that men are not able simply to decide for themselves that they are women cost her a job at Sussex University which she left after students protested against her.

Last night several hundred trans protesters incensed that she had been given a platform to discuss her views infiltrated the audience in the Oxford Union chamber.

After Professor Stock had been speaking for nine minutes three women interrupted to hand out leaflets declaring: “No More Dead Trans Kids” and unfurled a banner.

Enthusiastic booing erupted from the audience of 330 who felt strongly their attendance was in support of freedom of expression.

The protestors were ushered out by security to cheers as one member of the audience shouted: “Free speech is a human right too.”

The debate was then further interrupted by the activist Riz Possnett who sat down in front of Professor Stock temporarily silencing her.

Four police officers entered the chamber to loud cheers and escorted the protestor, wearing a sweatshirt repeating the slogan, off the premises after a delay of 24 minutes.

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Several hundred trans-protestors responded by keeping up a constant din outside the Union chanting, drumming and playing loud music including Sweet Dreams by Eurythmics.

Whitney Houston could also clearly be heard belting out “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” but the debate went on unhindered.

Once allowed to speak, Professor Stock went on to say that trans men ought not to be allowed into female-only spaces such as changing rooms and prisons.

She said: “What I think is crazy is to have laws and policies based on the fact that no one can tell you what your gender is and only you can know.”

Applauded for standing up to the protestors she said: “The protest was not traumatic for me it was just some students. Those of my generation used to protest as well.

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“What does concern me is institutions are taking on the views of these protestors and becoming propaganda machines for their views.”

Around 200 protesters gathered at Bonn Square on Tuesday, holding banners which read “resisting by existing” and chanting, “trans rights – human rights”, before marching towards the 200-year-old debating society where police braced for potential clashes.

The row has seen the university’s LGBTQ+ Society say it is standing up against the “hateful views” of Prof Stock.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak was among those supporting the talk yesterday, saying that debate was a hallmark of a “tolerant society”.

A trans teacher named Alexandra said it “hurt” that students were “debating on questions like whether my fundamental rights are worth protecting”, while a student named Eliot added that the protest was “full of anger” because trans rights were under threat.

Before her talk yesterday, Prof Stock said universities had become “timid” in pushing back against “idealistic, illiberal attempts to shut down” free speech.

Ms Stock is a British philosopher and writer and was a professor of philosophy at the University of Sussex until 2021.

She left her job with the University of Sussex in 2021 after protests against her from students following the publication of a book where she questioned the idea that gender identity is more socially significant than biological sex.

She has published academic work on aesthetics, fiction, imagination, sexual objectification, and sexual orientation.

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