What’s Current: Canadian media falsely reports Meghan Murphy cancels gender identity talk after hoax email

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  • On Sunday morning, Canadian media reported that Meghan Murphy cancelled her January 10 event on gender identity ideology and women’s rights at the Vancouver Public Library. The reports were false. One fake email had been sent, which some media failed to fact check before reporting the story. Tickets are still available for purchase via Eventbrite.
  • A doctor who ran an illegal transgender clinic, where hormone therapy was given to children as young as 12, is being fined £14,000 for failing to register her services with health regulators.
  • A woman in India is in critical condition after being set on fire by two men who allegedly attempted to molest her days earlier. The woman was reporting the attempted assault to police for a third time after complaints were ignored when the two men set her on fire.
  • Wall Street men are adopting controversial strategies when it comes to associating with women, claiming interactions with women are an “unknown risk” because of #MeToo, according to a series of Bloomberg interviews.
  • An Alberta lesbian couple claims they were forced out of their jobs as paramedics and firefighters for being “too gay,” after being told colleagues were uncomfortable with their use of the word “wife.”
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  • martindufresne

    I am aghast at the casual smearing of Meghan’s name by media outlets, and at the inconsiderate statements ired by City Hall (the Mayor, no less) and the Vancouver Public Library. I do hope that this agitation will bring serious journalists to give her conference and ideas a fair hearing, proving her opponents strategies ill-advised.

  • lk

    Re: VPL

    “I’m not going to back down, there’s no way. I’m not going to stop talking about this, I’m not cancelling the event, I’m not going to be bullied … into submission.”

    Perfect response from Ms. Murphy. I hope the event goes amazing and if I lived in Canada I would come!! I think the more people who speak out about transgenderism, the better.

    Re: India

    I don’t even know what to say about this, beyond horrifying. What troubles me is that this woman’s complaints were ignored until it is was too late..

    “Many a times police just laugh away complaints of sexual harassment or start commenting on the character of the victim.”

    I dont know enough about the policing culture in India, but it seems like this is probably a systemic issue, rather than a case of one or two bad apples (just as the way rape cases/kits are handled by the US police is a matter of systemic sexism ). I expect the legal system to do a better job of protecting women.

    • Meghan Murphy

      <3

  • Meghan Murphy

    No kidding, eh? (Thank you!)

  • You preach it Meghan!

  • SkyLark Phillips

    “On Sunday morning, Canadian media reported that Meghan Murphy cancelled her January 10 event on gender identity ideology and women’s rights at the Vancouver Public Library. The reports were false. One fake email had been sent, which some media failed to fact check before reporting the story. Tickets are still available for purchase via Eventbrite.”

    There is nothing they won’t do to silence women.

    “A doctor who ran an illegal transgender clinic, where hormone therapy was given to children as young as 12, is being fined £14,000 for failing to register her services with health regulators.”

    This was in the UK. This quack probably could set up shop in the U.S. and “transition” all the 12 year old kids she wants.

  • Meghan Murphy

    Fuck! This is so psycho! I will NEVER back down, but what is going on right now is truly terrifying. We need to all fight back.

    Thank you for your support!

  • Meghan Murphy

    This is so fucked. I’m fighting this, though, not to worry…