Robert Wintemute — a professor of human rights law at King’s College London and a lawyer for the LGB Alliance — was scheduled to give a talk called called, “Sex vs. Gender (Identity) Debate In the United Kingdom and the Divorce of LGB from T,” at McGill University in Montreal earlier this month. The event never happened, though, cancelled shortly after it began as protesters stormed the venue shouting profanities and slogans like, “Trans rights are human rights,” threw flour at Robert, and unplugged a projector he used for the event. Robert rightly called the protest “extremely anti-democratic.”
Their efforts to silence the conversation backfired, though, as Prof. Wintemute’s cancelled talk gained international media attention.
In this episode, I spoke with him about the protest, the legitimacy of the slogan, “Trans rights are human rights,” as well as how we came to a place wherein trans rights have superseded women’s sex-based rights in law.