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Peter Hitchens, a well established journalist who has in previous years written and expressed deeply hurtful and homophobic remarks is being allowed to give a speech at the union next week. After such a successful pride week with thousands of students standing up for LGBT+ peoples I find it insulting and disrespectful to allow Mr Hitchens to speak. Furthermore, the timing of this could not be worse. February is LGBT history month, a time where we acknowledge, remember and celebrate LGBT+ individuals and rights, something Mr Hitchens clearly has an issue with (e.g. Daily Mail Article) He further expresses his negative views on gender identity here (Daily mail article 2), finally in an article here (Homophobic Article 3) he openly expresses that being gay is 'morally wrong' and that he cares about what LGBT peoples not only do in public but also what LGBT individuals do in private. These views are not what the students of Portsmouth university share, therefore allowing Mr Hitchens to speak is unacceptable and against the wishes of Portsmouth university students. I request that the invitation to speak be immediately withdrawn and that the university of Portsmouth release a public apology for not only ignoring but going against the hard work that staff and students have put in to making the university of Portsmouth an inclusive and diverse university.