Taiwo Owatemi DEFENDS trans rights mob trying to oust Sussex professor Kathleen ...

Taiwo Owatemi DEFENDS trans rights mob trying to oust Sussex professor Kathleen ...
Taiwo Owatemi DEFENDS trans rights mob trying to oust Sussex professor Kathleen ...

Kathleen Stock, a Philosophy professor at the University of Sussex, has been targeted by trans rights groups

Kathleen Stock, a Philosophy professor at the University of Sussex, has been targeted by trans rights groups

Labour's shadow equalities minister has waded into the row over Sussex University professor Kathleen Stock and sided with the transgender rights groups calling for her resignation. 

Labour's Taiwo Owatemi, 29, wrote to a constituent explaining she was 'greatly concerned' by Stock's involvement in the activist group LGB Alliance - who have previously been accused of 'anti-trans' policies. 

In her letter, the MP for Coventry North West, slams the 'gender critical' charity's stance on LGBQT+ inclusive education, the non-binary community and teenagers being banned from using puberty blockers - and called for the group to be 'rejected by all those who believe in equality'. 

Ms Owatemi admits she is 'not familiar with Professor Stock's 'philosophical writings' and blasts her employer, the University of Sussex, for backing the professor in her free speech row. 

In a later statement to The Guardian, she clarified: 'I was clear in this letter that I was not passing judgment on Prof Stock’s academic work, and did not call for action to be taken against her.' 

This week, Stock's former union - the Sussex UCU - demanded university bosses take a 'clear and strong stance against transphobia', resulting in the professor warning they had 'effectively ended her career'.

Their statement was in response to a poster campaign led by an anonymous pro-trans activist group demanding the university fire Stock for her 'transphobic' views after she called for safe spaces for women in her academic writing.  

Ms Owatemi praises the union's 'strong and principled request that the University live up to its own Trans Equality Statement', following its support for trans rights groups.

Labour's Shadow Equalities Minister Taiwo Owatemi MP wrote to a constituent explaining she was 'greatly concerned' by Stock's involvement in the activist group LGB Alliance - who have previously been accused of 'anti-trans' policies

Labour's Shadow Equalities Minister Taiwo Owatemi MP wrote to a constituent explaining she was 'greatly concerned' by Stock's involvement in the activist group LGB Alliance - who have previously been accused of 'anti-trans' policies

In her letter, Ms Owatemi slams the 'gender critical' charity's positions on LGBQT inclusive education, the non-binary community and teenagers being banned from using puberty blockers - and called for the group to be 'rejected by all those who believe in equality'

In her letter, Ms Owatemi slams the 'gender critical' charity's positions on LGBQT inclusive education, the non-binary community and teenagers being banned from using puberty blockers - and called for the group to be 'rejected by all those who believe in equality'

Signs have been put up in the pedestrian tunnel connecting Falmer train station to the university's campus under the A27

Signs have been put up in the pedestrian tunnel connecting Falmer train station to the university's campus under the A27

The majority of Ms Owatemi's letter focuses on her criticism of LGB Alliance, pointing to the fact their application for charitable status earlier this year was criticised by more than 50 LGBQT rights groups. 

Ms Owatemi writes: 'While I am not familiar with Professor Stock's philosophical writings, I am greatly concerned by her work as Trustee for the LGB Alliance group.

'My predecessor as Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities was highly critical of their activities, and I share her position.

'LGB Alliance - whose application for charitable status was opposed by over 50+ LGBT groups, as well as politicians from all parties - should be rejected by all those who believe in equality.

'They oppose reform of the Gender Recognition Act, which has long been the position of my party and to which we remain committed.

'Furthermore, the group opposes LGBT+ inclusive education; believe that adolescents should not be able to access puberty blockers (in flagrant disregard of the entire concept of 'Gillick' competency); criticises measures to make conversion "therapy" illegal; rejects the very existence of non-binary people; and refuses to condemn as homophobic those who would deny same-sex couples the right to marry.

'Every single one of these stances is diametrically opposed to my beliefs and the positions of my party. I note that an appeal against their charitable status is due to take place next year, and I will be monitoring the case with a keen interest.'

Professor Kathleen Stock, 48, an expert in gender and sexual orientation who works for the University of Sussex, was branded a 'transphobe' by outraged students, who erected posters

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