What’s Current: Trans activist glues hand to floor of Oxford Union in protest of Dr. Kathleen Stock’s talk

Student and trans activist Riz Possnett glues her hand to the floor during Kathleen Stock’s talk at the University of Oxford debating society, the Oxford Union. Possnett wore a t-shirt reading, “No more dead trans kids,” and told Oxford Mail, “My goal was simply to ensure anyone who heard Prof Stock’s arguments also considered the consequences of those views for trans people, and particularly trans youth.”

Prior to the event, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak called for the University of Oxford to not allow a “small but vocal few to shut down discussion,” tweeting, “A free society requires free debate.”

Sharing an article from the The Times, author JK Rowling tweeted, “I’m so proud to call the brave and brilliant @Docstockk a friend.”

After a Channel 4 documentary called Gender Wars aired earlier this week, featuring Stock, sociology lecturer and author of Radical Feminism Finn McKay tweeted that she would not have agreed to an interview had she known Stock would be included.

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