The answer is, of course, “Yes”. Sadly, however, according to an article in the Daily Telegraph on Saturday 8th June some academics feel that this would impede free speech and “create a chilling effect on campus.” Kathleen Stock is a professor at Sussex University who has stated that such a policy is “repressive”. Professor Stock was a vocal opponent to the Government’s proposals to reform the Gender Recognition Act and presumably believes that it is perfectly in order to represent trans people negatively even when highlighting the inappropriate behaviour of just one individual who happens to be trans.
I was asked to comment and my reply was quoted:
‘Dr Jane Hamlin, president of The Beaumont Society, a transgender support group, said she did not believe such policies “harm debate or discussion”.
She said: “Even if one is being critical it shouldn’t be about the person being transgender – clearly it depends more on the actions of the individual or the comments they have made.
“Clearly if something is inappropriate that is reasonable to criticise the comment or the action, not the fact that it’s made by a trans person.”’
To read the article click here: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/06/07/universitys-policy-sparks-backlash-saying-transgender-people/