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How it feels to be on the frontline of the free speech wars

I am always willing to listen to, and engage with, my critics—but not everyone is

By Peter Tatchell   March 2018

Peter Tatchell speaks at The Huffington Post UK Soapbox event at Westfield Stratford. Photo: PA

I got a taste of the free speech wars on British university campuses in 2016, at Canterbury Christ Church University. Given my long career of activism against homophobia, I had been invited to take part in a panel discussion on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT+) rights, alongside other activists, including Fran Cowling, the LGBT+ officer for the NUS.

To my surprise, I was informed by the university that Cowling refused to share the…

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