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'Real women? That's transphobic': Protester defends the idea of identifying as a cat outside Riley Gaines event in Alabama
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'Real women? That's transphobic': Protester defends the idea of identifying as a cat outside Riley Gaines event in Alabama

A pro-transgender college student defaced an event poster for an appearance by activist Riley Gaines and argued that it was "transphobic" to use the phrase "real women."

Kiegan Nangle, a University of Alabama student and correspondent for outlet Campus Reform, posted the signage ahead of the Gaines event.

The event, titled "Reclaim Feminism," was hosted by Young Women for America, of which Nangle is the president of her chapter.

"Riley Gaines speaks about her experience swimming at the University of Kentucky and her role now advocating for women’s sports," the event's description read.

The activist group's advertisement was later ruined by a student pouring soda on it. The student expressed to Nangle and her colleague that the poster's text contained potentially "transphobic" language.

A video of the interaction between the two women and the unidentified student picked up with the soda vandal defending the idea that a person can identify as a cat.

"So can I identify as a cat if I wake up and feel like it?" Nangle asked, according to Campus Reform.

"You absolutely can 'cause that's not a f**king gender," the student replied.

Nangle and the student argued whether gender was dictated by God, until the student — still wielding the soda can — declared that the usage of the term "real women" was offensive.

"Real women? Real women?! That's transphobic!"

"That's your opinion you are entitled to that," Nangle replied. "But please don't destroy our free speech in the making."

"Free speech protects you from the government, not from a bottle of Dr. Pib," the unnamed Alabama student retorted. "Don't put transphobic f**king s**t on the ground if you don't want it to be torn up."

"Free speech is not going to protect you from a bottle of Dr. Pib and the s**t you put on the ground. 'Real women,' that's transphobic," the soda advocate continued.

After Nangle and her colleague expressed that they had permission from the university to post their signage, the student vowed to destroy every "piece of transphobic piece of garbage" that was put on campus.

The student also noted that the school has made statements "about diversity" and that "everybody here is equal" and the school wouldn't wanted want "transphobic s**t on the ground" because it is in support of diversity.

"It's not transphobia, it's science, it's real, and if you want to ask questions about it —" Nangle stated, before she was interrupted by the student's philosophical question:

"What is real?"

Before the two sides parted ways, the student was invited to hear what former NCAA swimmer Gaines had experienced, to which the student argued that "trans women" have experienced much worse.

Gaines noted on X that she had also been protested by a "furry," a term typically used to describe a person who enjoys excessively dressing in complex costumes that look like cartoon animals.

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