Canaries were iconically used in coal mines to detect the presence of deadly carbon monoxide. The bird’s rapid breathing rate, small size, and high metabolism, compared to the miners, led birds in dangerous mines to succumb before the miners, thereby giving the miners time to take action.
Lesbians are the canaries in the coal mine.
Lesbians were removed from Pride Cymru in Cardiff this August bank holiday.
Shock, horror, outrage! Over 3 million people watched the video on twitter as Get The L Out activist Angela Wild clarified the police response.
But to many of us this was no surprise. This is our “normal”.
The LGB Alliance Cymru today wrote to the Welsh Counsel General and Minister for Health regarding Gender Identity Services in Wales and their impact on same-sex attracted young people.
This comes after the law firm Pogust Godhead announced today its intent to pursue group legal action against the Tavistock and Portman NHS foundation trust, and their gender identity services clinic. Dr Hilary Cass recently wrote the the NHS, stating
A fundamentally different service model is needed which is more in line with other paediatric provision, to provide timely and appropriate care for children and young people needing support around their gender identity. This must include support for any other clinical presentations that they may have.
This comes as the Tavistock’s gender identity clinic announces its closure as of early next year. In light of these developments LGB Alliance Cymru urges the Welsh government to reassess its stance on gender affirmation. We at Lesbian Labour support the LGB Alliance Cymru and welcome this update from the Cass Review.
You can read the LGB Alliance Cymru’s letter to the Welsh government here