SNP MP Joanna Cherry was due to appear at The Stand during the popular Fringe Festival taking place in August.
However, the politician told BBC Scotland that the venue canceled his event because staff weren’t comfortable with his views on transgender issues.
Ms Cherry has spoken out against Scotland’s gender recognition reform plans, which would make it easier for people to change their gender on legal documents, allowing people to obtain a gender recognition certificate without a medical diagnosis .
Shocked by the outcome, she told BBC Radio Scotland: ‘I hope The Stand makes sense here. Staff should not frame editorial and art politics.
“I was canceled and not placed on a platform because I am a lesbian, who has critical views on gender that someone’s gender is immutable.
“I have made these views clear over a number of years. I never said trans people shouldn’t have equal rights.”
If you’ve been wondering who Joanna Cherry is, here’s everything we know about the Scottish public figure.
Who is Giovanna Cherry?
Joanna Cherry, 57, is a Scottish politician and lawyer who is currently an MP for the SNP.
The Scotsman grew up in Edinburgh and completed her studies at the University of Edinburgh before working as a research assistant for the Scottish Law Commission.
He later worked as a lawyer and part-time tutor, before starting his career in politics. In 2003, he began work as a junior permanent adviser to the Scottish Government. Then, in 2008, she became a deputy advocate and then a deputy senior advocate.
In 2014, Ms Cherry founded the Lawyers For Yes group, campaigning for Scotland to seek its independence.
A year later, she became an SNP candidate for Edinburgh South West. She won the seat and was re-elected in the 2017 and 2019 general elections.
Recently, the opposition of Ms Cherry al Gender Recognition Act it was met with mixed reactions. She was among those who signed the SNP Women’s Pledge, which is against reform.
Facing criticism, the Scottish, who identifies as a lesbian, shared that she is a feminist and that “women don’t have penises” which is an “undeniable biological fact”.
Speaking about the criticism to the BBC, the politician recently said: ‘Because a small number of people don’t like my feminist and lesbian activism, I am prevented from speaking about all that stuff in my hometown, where I am an elected politician.
“I think it says something has gone very wrong in the Scottish civic space. Small groups of activists are now dictating who can speak and what can be discussed.”
Explaining their decision, The Stand released a statement which read: “Following our previous policy statement on the matter, following extensive discussions with our staff, it has become clear that a number of key operational staff of The Stand, including venue management and box office personnel, are not willing to work on this event.
“As we have stated before, we will make sure their views are respected. We will not compel our staff to work on this event and therefore have concluded that the event is unable to proceed properly staffed, safe and legally compliant.
“We have informed the producers of the show, Fair Pley Productions, of this operational issue and they have advised Joanna Cherry that it is no longer possible to host the event at our venue.”