What’s Current: A Woman’s Place UK meeting about GRA cancelled by Leeds City Council; went ahead anyway at pub

What’s Current is Feminist Current’s daily news roundup.

  • An event organized by Woman’s Place UK to discuss proposed changes to the Gender Recognition Act was cancelled by Leeds City Council after complaints from trans activists. The event went on anyway, at a pub.
  • Portuguese feminists protest after two men who sexually assaulted a woman in a bar bathroom were given a suspended sentence due to an environment of “mutual flirting” and “alcohol abuse.” The victim lost consciousness numerous times throughout the assault.
  • Under intense pressure, following a confrontation between two rape survivors and Arizona Senator Jeff Flake, Donald Trump ordered an FBI investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against Brett Kavanaugh. This will delay the confirmation process by a week.
  • Edmonton Police have issued a warning to the public after a convicted sex offender was released. They say Michael Rhoads “ has a history of violence towards intimate partners and strangers he has encountered on the street or in bars” and that they believe he “will commit another violent offence against someone while in the community.”
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Meghan Murphy is a freelance writer and journalist. She has been podcasting and writing about feminism since 2010 and has published work in numerous national and international publications, including New Statesman, Vice, Al Jazeera, The Globe and Mail, I-D, Truthdig, and more. Meghan completed a Masters degree in the department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University in 2012 and lives in Vancouver, B.C. with her dog.

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