On a persistent trans-hater like Greer, Julia Serano wrote:
Well, I’d probably feel very differently. I might even try to “no platform” her if this was happening on my campus, in my workplace, at the school that I attend, in my home.
There is an additional aspect that this paragraph begged to then be explained, but perhaps Julia hadn’t done her research on England, where the “no platforming” of Greer is located.
That country has a law enabling trans people to be recognised as legally the binary gender opposite to that registered at birth. It was almost the last European country to enable that, after being forced by finally losing a case on the subject at the “supreme court of Europe”, the European Court of Human Rights. It also has equality law under which “gender reassignment’ is a protected category, requiring non-discrimination in provision of services, employment, education. Places of provision of service (such as hospitals, hotels), of work, of education, and training, have to ensure all the protected categories are treated in non-discriminatory ways, feel equally welcome, appreciated, safe, in those places. However, it isn’t a criminal law, but civil — it is up to someone who has suffered to raise a case in the appropriate court, at their own financial risk, and stress.
Transphobes — of whom Greer is a prominent example — who maintain that someone first registered as male can never be a woman — want the recognition law repealed, and the equality law disabled for trans people. Getting to lecture, or answer questions on why some women staff and students should not have those human rights in a university — which is covered by the equality law both as a place of education and training, and as a place of work—makes it a less safe place for trans people. Raising a complaint would take years, and might result in the equality protection being lost. Thus it makes all universities and schools potentially open to the same. They would both feel less safe, and more haters would feel empowered. The vast media coverage would empower haters more widely too; haters have now effectively captured two of the three national TV news providers, so no trans people get to appear without finding there is a hater also there, for “balance”, who only wants to address “whether trans women are really women”, whatever the listed topic, and regardless of the trans person being a trans guy, or non-binary.
When Greer got a long, national BBC news interview about being “no platformed”, it was by a very supportive reporter, with no “balance”. Against their usual super copyright protection practise the BBC also instantly posted the video across social media.
People backing Greer as their poster girl for academic freedom disregard that vital context.