Warwick Student LGBT activists blasted music and chanted loudly outside a speech at a University Conservative Association talk featuring Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi.
Members of Warwick University’s LGBT group, Warwick Pride, shouted “Tory scum” outside the talk on Friday, as well as waving flags and placards stating “Trans rights are human rights.”
Against the backdrop of the protest, the Education Secretary and UK government are introducing and spearheading a “historic” bill to protect free speech in universities and counter the “chilling effect of censorship” on campus.
Zahawi had supported Stock saying said it was “unacceptable that a scholar of her calibre should be hounded out of university.”
Warwick Pride also took issue with Zahawi’s view on trans students that “parents have to be front and centre of this. And that is my message to the front line is to say: you have to involve parents in this. You have a duty to safeguard those children and parents are very much part of that.”
Warwick Pride said that this “trivialises the detrimental effects of outing LGBT+ young people to their parents,” adding that he has used the “common transphobic dog-whistle ‘adult human female.’”
A statement from the university’s Conservative Association said it “supports the right to freedom of speech and expression for everyone regardless of political affiliation.”
“It is a shame that, on this occasion, the intention of many protesters was not to express their own views but to prevent the Secretary of State from expressing his,” it added.