LGBT–inclusive feminist event to be held after controversial feminist speaker appears at Vancouver Public Library

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      One day after a controversial feminist is set to speak at an event at the Vancouver Public Library, a local feminist organization will hold an LGBT–inclusive event to discuss how groups disguise hate speech within seemingly progressive language.

      Feminism Unbound: Resisting Fear and Exclusion in our Movement from 6 to 9 p.m. will be held on January 11 at 401 West Georgia Street, organized by a number of anti-violence, inclusive, feminist organizations and activists in partnership with the Feminist Association for Collaborative Education (FACE BC) and Hailey Heartless. Admission will be by donation.

      The panel discussion, to be moderated by UBC community and regional planning master's student Andrea Oakunsheyld, will address issues about socially sanctioned hatred and accountability, as well as issues that trans people, sex workers, and other marginalized communities face and experience.

      For full details, visit the event's Facebook webpage

      Feminism Unbound

      This event will be held one block away and one night after local feminist Meghan Murphy will be speaking about gender identity and women's rights at the Vancouver Public Library on January 10. (The event had been mistakenly reported as cancelled after emails were received by media outlets from an email address that was purporting to be Murphy's.)

      Murphy, a founder of Feminist Current, has been criticized for her views about and questioning of trans people and identities. Her appearance at the library sparked outcry and criticism from LGBT activists, organizations, and allies.

      However, the VPL has stated that even though it does not endorse or agree with Murphy and is not hosting the event, it will permit the rental of the space to the Feminist Current due to its commitment to intellectual freedom and free speech.

      The Vancouver Police Department will be monitoring the event and additional security measures will be added if required.

      After the Vancouver Dyke March (VDM) was held on August 4, the VDM issued a statement that denounced a group that showed up which they identified as a "hate group" of "TERFs (trans-exclusionary radical feminists)" but did not leave after being requested to do so.

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