In response to petitions by students at the University of Pittsburgh requesting the university cancel student-sponsored events that included speakers critical of transgenderism, ACTA sent a letter to members of the University of Pittsburgh’s Board of Trustees applauding the university’s support for free speech and free expression and encouraging them to do more to safeguard the free exchange of ideas. In the letter, ACTA President Michael Poliakoff recommended the university increase security for speakers and the venue, record the event and its attendees, and publicize specific, severe consequences for those who would violate the university’s prohibition against disrupting campus events. ACTA maintains that such measures would preemptively prevent the suppression of free speech and encourage respectful, rigorous dialogue about contentious contemporary issues.


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