“one of the most vocal and divisive anti-LGBTQ individuals in North America”
University of Toronto psychology professor Jordan Peterson has become a new favorite target of the left on American college campuses. Peterson defies the progressive narrative on gender, and other issues. For this, he is declared anti-LGBT.
Peterson is slated to give a lecture at the University of Texas at San Antonio, but a socialist student group is trying to get the event cancelled.
Peyton Dillberg reports at Campus Reform:
Socialist students seek to shut down Jordan Peterson event
A socialist student group at the University of Texas at San Antonio is promoting a petition demanding the cancellation of an upcoming lecture featuring Dr. Jordan Peterson.
The petition, which was started by a group called People Over Politics, contends that Peterson “makes a living promoting conversion therapy and spreading lies about transgender people,” calling him “one of the most vocal and divisive anti-LGBTQ individuals in North America.”
The Young Democratic Socialists of America (YDSA) chapter at UTSA shared the petition on Twitter, urging classmates to join the effort to prevent Peterson from delivering his scheduled lecture at the Tobin Center for Performing Arts on October 10 as part of his “12 Rules for Life Tour.”
Not only does the petition demand that the Tobin Center, a municipal auditorium, cancel the event, it also calls for the Center to “commit to scheduling programming that does not discriminate against people on the basis of an individual’s race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, disability, familial status, national origin, or age.”
Here is the text of the student petition at Change.org:
No Anti-LGBTQ+ Events at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
San Antonio unveils a rainbow crosswalk and celebrates Pride this weekend, yet our city has invited one of the most vocal and divisive anti-LGBTQ individuals in North America to speak at the Tobin Center. Jordan Peterson makes a living promoting conversion therapy and spreading lies about transgender people. Considering the damage that San Antonio and our trans community would suffer if state lawmakers pass a bathroom bill next Spring, why in the world would we give this man a stage in our most celebrated performance hall?
Tell the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts to:
- Cancel their event featuring Dr. Jordan Peterson on October 10, 2018;
- And, commit to scheduling programming that does not discriminate against people on the basis of an individual’s race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, disability, familial status, national origin or age.
The San Antonio Current has picked up the story. Sanford Nowlin writes:
San Antonio Activist’s Petition Asks the Tobin Center to Cancel Jordan Peterson Lecture
A new change.org petition is asking the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts to cancel the Oct. 10 speaking appearance of Jordan B. Peterson, the conservative pop psychologist known for inflammatory statements about LGBT people and… well, just about everyone else other than straight white men.
Peterson, a best-selling author with a popular YouTube channel, found fame when, as a psychology prof at the University of Toronto, he lashed out at a Canadian bill he claimed would compel him to refer to transgender students by their preferred pronouns.
He’s emerged as a right-wing media darling by presenting himself as a science-savvy intellectual who can pick apart key tenets of social-justice movements —that patriarchy exists, for example, or that institutional bigotry is real.
The Huffington Post recently wrote a glowing piece about a 10 year old drag queen. Peterson commented on the story on Twitter:
If you don’t see that this child is being exploited then ideology has possessed you to the core https://t.co/an7YtXmTIC
— Jordan B Peterson (@jordanbpeterson) July 1, 2018
This is an example of why the left has declared him a public enemy.
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