Dr. Quentin Van Meter, president of the infamous American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds) lecture was canceled by the University of Western Australia (UWA) Friday. Van Meter’s stop at the University was part of a national tour sponsored by the Australian Family Association(AFA) to promote anti-transgender ideology in opposition to recent gains in transgender rights.
Why an American hater in Australia?
Of course, Van Meter and the AFA detest that marriage equality became law last year. But they are especially pissed that the WA government introduced an amendment so transgender people will no longer have to divorce before correcting legal documents to reflect their authentic gender,
Canceled due to a technicality?
The talk was canceled after the Australian Family Association failed to submit plans to ensure the safety of the University while Van Meter was to be on campus.
The Sidney Morning Herald reports that just days after defending a decision to allow a talk on transgender gender identity with a controversial US doctor to continue, the University of Western Australia has voided the event’s booking.
The university cited safety concerns over a “higher level” of risk over the decision on Friday.
The event was to be hosted by the Australian Family Association in the Octagon at UWA’s Crawley campus on Friday, with US pediatric endocrinologist Quentin Van Meter as the main speaker.
Dr Van Meter is the co-author of the scientific paper Gender ideology harms children, which claims “conditioning children into impersonating the opposite sex is child abuse”.
In the lead up to the talk, the UWA Student Guild Pride Department organised a protest against Dr Van Meter’s ideas — UWA responded with a letter to students saying the event would go ahead, acknowledging no decision it made would satisfy all parties and a “line had to be drawn”.
“In line with this the private event organisers were requested to comply with the University’s Conditions of Hire, including the provision of a risk assessment and detailed event management plan, which addressed issues of safety for the event,” the letter reads.
“The event hirers were instructed to provide this information by 5pm on the day prior to the event, to ensure that the University was able to be confident that the event did not pose a safety risk, consistent with the terms of hire.”
UWA said the event organisers were unable to provide this information by close of business on Thursday, and as a consequence, the venue hire booking was voided for “failure to meet the conditions of hire.
Van Meter’s scheduled appearance upset a lot of people.
Over 9,000 people objected to Van Meter’s anti-LGBT views being validated by association with an appearance at the university and signed the petition UWA, don’t host anti-LGBT hate on campus!
Media Fact Check.com investigation classifies information presented by The American College of Pediatricians (ACPed) as fake news from a right-wing hate group
“The group was founded in 2002 by a group of pediatricians, including Joseph Zanga, a past president of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), as a protest against the AAP’s support for adoption by gay couples. The group’s membership as of 2016 is estimated at 500 members, in contrast to the AAP’s over 60,000 members. The organization’s view on parenting is at odds with the position of the American Academy of Pediatrics, which holds that sexual orientation has no correlation with the ability to be a good parent and to raise healthy and well-adjusted children. The American College of Pediatricians has been described by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a “hate group“, with “a history of propagating damaging falsehoods about LGBT people”