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Anti-trans women kicked out of National Theatre over protests

Anti-trans women kicked out of National Theatre over protests

London’s National Theatre asked a group of anti-trans women to leave its Green Room bar on Friday evening (4 July).

It is currently celebrating Pride in London with a giant rainbow flag draped on the outside of its building and running a LGBTI program.

In a statement on Twitter the theatre said it removed the women due to ‘a series of disturbances’.

The group of women including notorious anti-trans campaigner, Anne Ruzylo, attended the theatre with protest placards.

Ruzylo tweeted that theatre staff kicked them out because of their t-shirts.

‘[Staff]called the police to have women and lesbians removed because they don’t like the T-shirts we are wearing,’ she wrote on Twitter.

She was wearing a T-shirt that read ‘Lesbian: a woman who loves other women’.

National Theatre responds

The theatre responded on Twitter saying they removed the women to protect its trans staff.

It wrote it ‘we respect and value our trans staff, company and audience members. As such, if the behaviour of visitors impinges on their ability to feel supported and safe, we will take action.’

The joint chief executive of the National Theatre, Lisa Burger, told the Guardian in a statement the women’s ‘disturbances’ led to ‘abusive behaviour towards our staff’.

‘While investigations into the incident are ongoing, multiple witnesses corroborate that a group who attended the Green Room restaurant on Friday 5 July were ultimately asked to leave the premises as a result of a series of disturbances,’ she said.

‘These began with their refusal to put placards out of sight that featured messages which upset other customers and contravened our visiting policy, and culminated in abusive behaviour towards our staff.

‘The clothing, gender or sexuality of the group was not a factor in the decision, which was reluctantly taken on the basis of the group’s behaviour and what was said.

‘The National Theatre must be an inclusive place for everyone, and that means asking visitors to conduct themselves in a way that respects that principle.’