Cambridge University alumni are pulling funding from their college in an intensifying row over the master announcing she was boycotting a “hateful” gender-critical speaker.
Helen Joyce, an author and former Economist journalist, was invited to Gonville and Caius College last Tuesday by Prof Arif Ahmed, a fellow, for a debate on gender ideology.
But in an “astonishing” intervention before she spoke, its master, Prof Pippa Rogerson – the most senior post – joined Dr Andrew Spencer, the college’s senior tutor, in telling all of the students that Ms Joyce’s views were “polemics”.
The head of Cambridge’s sociology faculty also apologised to students for the “distress caused” by sending them an email invitation to the talk.
Ms Joyce believes that men and women are being redefined by trans activists, with laws and policies “reshaped to privilege self-identified gender identity over biological sex”.
Around a hundred protesters, some masked, gathered outside the talk chanting “trans rights are human rights” and banged drums. Witnesses claimed a fire door was hit and microphones had to be turned to full volume because Ms Joyce was inaudible.
Now, many alumni have written to the college, Cambridge’s fourth oldest, with major donors telling The Telegraph they are withdrawing their funds and bequests unless a retraction is issued.
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