Special Announcement – Assaulted and refused service at a pub for supporting women’s rights

Last year, a group of 23 people – female, male, lesbian, gay, straight, young and old, from all over the UK and the Republic of Ireland were refused service in a Northern Irish bar, Robinson’s Bar, Belfast, because of their legally-protected beliefs about women’s rights.

As well as being refused service, an older gay man who was part of our group was violently assaulted by a terrifying attack by a member of staff.

The group are crowdfunding to pay the legal fees to take this case to court in Belfast, and uphold the principle that it is illegal to discriminate against people for holding gender critical beliefs and views that support the rights of women, girls and LGB (Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual) people.

What happened is unlawful. It is discrimination. And it sets a dangerous precedent.

No woman or man should ever be discriminated against because they believe in women’s sex-based rights and that biological sex is real, immutable, and important in policy and in law.

You can hear more about the case HERE

Visit their crowdfunder HERE

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To our detractors

On April 20th 2021 Lesbian Labour launched our website. We received overwhelmingly positive support.

However, within our own party the reception was varied. Comments on one Facebook group were shockingly hostile. The post attracted almost 1,000 comments. Though many members spoke up and argued our case very well, the ratio of negative to positive comments was 2:1.

The responses of a group of individuals on Facebook is not necessarily indicative of attitudes across the party towards Lesbian autonomy. However, such hostility requires a very firm response. This is no way to create a welcoming space for Lesbians.

As Lesbians we have every right to self-organise and do not seek or need permission from hostile men, or women with a different point of view.

The comments levelled at us were offensive and inaccurate and made spurious unfounded allegations.

We have gone through the comments and distilled the various criticisms. Here are our answers.