Remove Milo Yiannopoulos and Prof Jordan Peterson from GU Rector Candidacy
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Glasgow University students are appalled to learn that known transphobes Milo Yiannopoulos and Professor Jordan Peterson have been deemed appropriate as eligible candidates for the position of University Rector.
Late last year, Peterson became vocal in his refusal to use gender neutral pronouns as requested by transgender staff and students. His public denial of the validity of non-binary and gender non-conforming identities sparked an increase in abuse and harassment faced by trans students at the University of Toronto, where Peterson currently teaches psychology.
Yiannopoulos currently serves as one of the most recognisable faces of the 'alt-right' movement - in other words, neo-fascism. As well as outing and bullying individual transgender students at universities he has spoken at, he also received a Twitter ban for racist and misogynistic abuse of actress Leslie Jones. More recently, publishers Simon & Schuster terminated a book deal with Yiannopoulos after he condoned statutory rape.
The transphobic, misogynistic, violent ideologies perpetrated by these candidates not only put vulnerable students at the University at risk of harm, but are in direct violation of the University's Equality & Diversity Policy. Their inclusion as candidates is utterly inappropriate at best and potentially dangerous at worst. We therefore demand that the senate revoke both Peterson's and Yiannopoulos's candidacies to ensure the safety and well-being of the University's students.
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