'Free speech advocates' rally to support Lindsay Shepherd
Shepherd's supporters and Laurier students demonstrate for 'freedom of speech' on campus
About a hundred activists organized a demonstration at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ont. Friday to show their support for teaching assistant Lindsay Shepherd.
Crowd gatherd across street from university campus. <a href="https://t.co/4Ev0FVdHF1">pic.twitter.com/4Ev0FVdHF1</a>—@MelanieFerrier
Lindsay is attending the event. <a href="https://t.co/XgVhlf0TUN">pic.twitter.com/XgVhlf0TUN</a>—@MelanieFerrier
The university later apologized for how Shepherd was treated during a meeting with her professor about using the video.
Alex McEwin self identifies as a transgender man. He said he came out to support Shepherd because he didn't agree with how she was treated and the subsequent Rainbow Centre's statement portraying her position on the issue of gender, identity and language.
"Pride and being out of the closet, can only happen with free speech," he said. "The students should've talked to their TA first to address pronoun usage."
Counter-protesters have formed a line across the street. <a href="https://t.co/v4R5FNauhO">pic.twitter.com/v4R5FNauhO</a>—@MelanieFerrier
"We aren't diametrically opposed to freedom of speech," Finlay said.
"But most people would agree there are limitations on when that freedom of speech ends and when that becomes hate speech."