The Art of Resistance
e.411 - #TakeBackTPL: Defending Trans Rights at the Toronto Public Library
We’re diving into the Toronto Public Library’s, or TPL’s, decision to rent out space for an event featuring Meghan Murphy. Murphy is a Vancouver-based blogger known for her antagonism toward trans women and sex workers. Murphy campaigned unsuccessfully against Bill C-16, an act that makes it illegal to discriminate on the basis of gender identity and expression. She has also been banned from Twitter due to hate speech.
When members of the trans community asked the city’s top librarian, Vickery Bowles, to cancel the booking because of Murphy’s transphobic views, she refused. The response has been swift: thousands of Torontonians have signed a petition; prominent writers are pulling out of future TPL events; the library workers’ union has expressed its opposition; and even Mayor John Tory has spoken out against the library’s decision.
Today, we’re pleased to have Daniel Sarah Karasik joining us by phone.