Warwick University trans-activist speaker event postponed due to ‘security issues’
Katy Montgomerie said she was ‘crushed’ to have her event cancelled
An event run by Warwick Integrated Science Society was postponed due to “controversy surrounding the talk [requiring] increased security”.
Katy Montgomerie, a trans acivist, was due to speak at the event on Monday of this week. However, the event was postponed due to the Integrated Science Society not registering Katy as a speaker in time.
Societies at the university have to register speakers at least 21 days in advance of their events to allow for security to be organised.
Katy said: “Really disappointed to have to announce that my talk at Warwick University has been postponed because “controversy surrounding the talk increased security.
“Ironic that a talk about combatting hatred was postponed because of hatred.”
Katy has received online hatred from social media in the past. She added: “Feeling a bit crushed, but I understand and the university have said they they can book me in for (hopefully) later this year and there will be increased security for that date.
“I’m going to do it, I’m not letting the transphobic hate mob stop me before I’ve even started.”
The University of Warwick said: “Encouraging free and open debate has always been fundamental to who we are and what we do at Warwick.
“We’re aware of an event organised independently of the University through our Students’ Union, and we’re currently establishing the reasons behind why it has been postponed.”
The university added: “We’ve looked into why Katy Montgomerie’s talk on campus has been postponed. We can confirm that this was due to an administrative error by the organisers, which meant the event could not go ahead on the current date.
“We support @WarwickSU’s decision, and we will work with the SU on plans for a future date.”