Florida Professor Faces Trouble for Letting Student Say Trans Women Aren’t Women
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A University of Florida professor was reported to authorities for affirming a student’s views on men identifying as women, the College Fix reports.
Greg Pingree, a UF adjunct professor of “Law, Religion, and Sexual Identity,” was asked by a student: “It isn’t transphobic to think trans women are not women, right?”
The professor, in a private Zoom conversation in April, responded, “It’s not transphobic, it’s just your view, and I welcome you to express that in my class.”
That was enough for a student to file a bias complaint against Pingree with the UF’s RESPECT Team after he sent a copy of the discussion to the class.
“Professor Pingree claims the recording and delivery was an accident and has since removed it, but it was very upsetting to hear a UF Law professor defending and encouraging discriminatory and hateful anti-transgender remarks,” wrote the student who reported the professor.
UF Issues Management & Crisis Communications Director Hessy Fernandez told the College Fix the RESPECT Team is there “to provide impacted parties of bias incidents opportunities to be heard and supported; understand and respond to situations that affect the University of Florida; educate and inform the community; and create awareness of ignorance and intolerance.”
Fernandez explained that the RESPECT Team does not investigate but connects “impacted parties and communities with appropriate support and resources.”