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People are planning an anti-transphobia protest in front of the Toronto Public Library

A planned protest outside the Toronto Public Library is shaping up for next week as the TPL continues to come under fire for greenlighting an event featuring a transphobic writer accused of hate speech. 

More than 350 Facebook users say they will attend a rally outside the TPL's Palmerston branch on October 29 to protest a talk by Megan Murphy, a trans-exclusionary writer who was banned from Twitter last year for violating the platform's hate speech policy. 

"Attendees are encouraged to find the work of their favourite trans poets or story writers or essayists at the TPL (or buy copies) and bring those books to the protest—to lift up trans voices in a joyful community celebration," says a press release.

Despite appeals from Toronto Pride, Mayor John Tory, backlash from local authors, a public meeting, and a 7,000-strong petition to cancel the event, the TPL and City Librarian Vickery Bowles announced that it will move forward with the Radical Feminists Unite-run talk on gender identity. 

"We cannot and will not stand idly by while this happens, and we are asking any allies willing and able to stand with us in protest of this event," says the protest's Facebook page.

Toronto Pride will also be hosting a trans rally that same day at Barbara Hall Park from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. 

"In the last 10 months this community has dealt with Bruce Mcarthur's guilty plea, the violence we saw at the Dyke March, the Christian Rights group that attempted to hold a homophobic rally up Church St., Chick-fil-A, and now Meghan Murphy's transphobic talk at Palmerston Library," says the event description. 

"Let's all show the Toronto Public Library that this conversation is far from over." 

Lead photo by

Pride Toronto


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