This evening I glued my hand to the floor of the Oxford Union debating chamber, wearing a t-shirt which said “NO MORE DEAD TRANS KIDS”, in front of Kathleen Stock during her talk at the Union. Here’s why I felt I had to take this action: pic.twitter.com/m4AC9AF8I9
— riz (they/them) (@rizpossnett) May 30, 2023
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.”
We mustn’t allow a small but vocal few to shut down discussion. https://t.co/dMlcsIoxpY
— Rishi Sunak (@RishiSunak) May 30, 2023
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.
I was interviewed for the C4 ‘Gender Wars’ documentary that’s on tonight. I was told it would feature everyone equally & give context & nuance to a variety of different standpoints. Then when I saw the preview it became clear that it’s a film on Kathleen Stock.
— Dr Finn Mackay Adult Human Queermale (@Finn_Mackay) May 30, 2023