Q’s Statement with request for VPL’s Event Cancellation

November 29, 2018

QMUNITY stands with our trans, non-binary, and Two-Spirit community members in protesting the Vancouver Public Library’s decision to allow Meghan Murphy, editor of TERF (Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminist) propaganda publication Feminist Current, to hold an event in their space. Murphy’s trans-exclusionary beliefs are well known and contribute to a climate of hatred, fear, discrimination, and violence against trans people.

In providing a platform for Murphy’s hateful views, the VPL is tacitly endorsing these views. Their claim that they “seek to be a welcoming place for all” and that they “actively find ways to support the trans, gender variant, and two-spirit [sic] community” is in direct opposition to their decision to provide a public platform for Murphy’s beliefs.

In an official statement (https://www.vpl.ca/statement-on-feminist-current-event) the Vancouver Public Library stated that they “have no indication that the event…will include content that violates the Criminal Code.” As members of Vancouver’s LGBTQ/2S communities, we know all too well that speech does not have to meet a legal test for criminality to cause harm.

We call upon the Vancouver Public Library to stand with us and cancel this event.

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