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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO LESBIAN LABOUR
A FULL YEAR OF ACTIVISM AND ADVOCACY
Greetings on the first anniversary of the launch of Lesbian Labour website, marking a full year in the public gaze. Picking up where we left off in the last newsletter, we had a busy time at autumn conferences. At FiLiA we joined in with the Women Uniting cross-party meeting, sharing woefully similar tales with our GC sisters from the other political parties. We were joined by Joanna Cherry, who has consistently spoken out about Lesbians in parliament. We also took part in a Lesbian Spaces session and have continued to network since with a very diverse group of Lesbians busy trying to set up safe Lesbian events in real life. Our stall and merchandise were there with everyone else and we were very visible due …
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.
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"I'm concerned that freedom of speech is presented as something that is only for a certain sector of society."
@JuliaHB1 | @BevJacksonAuth https://t.co/d9h2q7GJ7B
"I find that offensive and I'd like you to take it off"
Is it illegal, Plod? No, it isn't.
This is dangerous. https://t.co/WVKsj8dSRZ