See you in court

Game on.

Julie in The Mail:

My planned talk was cancelled on the ludicrous grounds that my views on transgender rights are ‘at odds’ with civic policy. Without speaking to me, or bothering to discover what I actually believe, the council decided to deny me the right to speak on their premises.

So I am going to sue them. On behalf of every woman who is being told to shut up and stay quiet, during the worst misogynist backlash I have witnessed in my lifetime, I’m taking the council to court.

They’ll hear very soon from my lawyers. And there are a lot of us, because from the moment news began to spread on Saturday that I was barred from addressing the sold-out meeting at Aspley Library, my email inbox was pinging with messages of support and legal advice.

The Equality Act of 2010, articles 9 to 11 of the Human Rights Act and the recent ruling in the Maya Forstater case — where a woman who lost her job after saying transgender women are ‘not women’ won her appeal against an employment tribunal — were cited.

In layman’s terms, that all means Nottingham City Council doesn’t have a leg to stand on.

What they did to her is more outrageous than I knew. She was pleased to be asked to speak at Aspley Library, because it’s in a deprived area and at risk of being closed; she thought she was doing her bit to help it stay open. There was no fee, and she was paying her own expenses, including a hotel because there was a rail strike on the day. She was on the train when the organizers phoned her with the news the council had vetoed her. It’s astoundingly rude, and just plain mean.

To abandon the talk was unthinkable. Every ticket had sold, which meant there were dozens of women eager to learn how they could get involved in campaigning to end rape and domestic abuse.

So they held the event in the car park.

The self-proclaimed ‘trans activists’ were shouting abuse before I even started to speak.

It’s almost as if that’s all there is to “trans activism” – bullying women at every opportunity.

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