Transgender disputes threaten to split university unions

By: | January 6, 2022

Academic unions are facing deepening divides over transgender issues, just as they seek to unite members in fights for fairer pay and pensions.

In the UK, a new group of early career academics has claimed that the University and College Union has failed to stand up for scholars facing harassment and ostracism for their views on sex and gender, contributing to an intimidatory climate that is inhibiting freedom of expression.

In Australia, the National Tertiary Education Union has been accused of sheltering “transphobes” after refusing to condemn one such standpoint – gender critical theory, which holds that an individual’s sex at birth is immutable, even if they can change their gender identity.

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