Our thoughts on the Publication of the Cass Report

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Lesbian Labour welcomes the Cass review final report and hopes it will now guide Labour to listen and act on evidence instead of to continue to follow the Stonewall script.
We have further questions to the government and all those who have sat back whilst this medical scandal unfolded, and to those who have criticised and vilified those of us asking the right questions and speaking out.
Why did it take so long? Look at the damage done in the meantime. At Labour conference in 2018 when we nobbled Dawn Butler about rapid onset gender dysphoria (ROGD) and the recent >5000% rise in referrals of girls for treatment at the Tavistock, we suggested that Labour investigate. She said it was probably due to increased awareness. No Dawn, social contagion driven by a well-funded, ideologically-motivated movement aimed at creating lifelong patients for the medical industrial complex. Follow the money. In the 6 years since, entire families have been destroyed, the seeds of doubt have been sown in a whole generation of children so that they don’t know what is true any more, nor who to believe, nor who to trust.
This report has had to start from the premise that these children need to be taken seriously. It is based on accepting the premise that there is such a thing as “gender dysphoria/distress”. The recommendations that spring from that starting point will go a long way to preventing further damage.
However, the state capture on this issue, especially in education, health and law, means that it is virtually impossible to fix.
This has been, and continues to be a huge medical scandal. As Dr Cass points out, a staggering 89% of teenage girls and 81% of teenage boys involved in the GIDS clinic, were either homosexual or bisexual. It is an ongoing eugenics experiment which targets Lesbians, Gays and autistic youth. Social engineering.
Can there now be an enquiry about social influencing and how ideology spreads?
One of our team, a playwright said, “For me it was simple. I noticed the phenomenon and did what I always do when researching for a new play. I invite you to do the same. Pretend you are a 13 year old girl who is unsure how she feels about becoming a woman. Type a question into Google and go down the rabbit hole. I dare you. I know that from the moment I did that I have had no doubt about social contagion.”
As a society, we need to work out how to build critical thinking and resilience in our children so that they can think for themselves and withstand and refuse the pressure to conform to whatever the next iteration of this will be.
Also – can we look at why girls might genuinely want to escape from girlhood and womanhood? More resources to look at that, which underpins this whole ROGD. A porn-addled society where rape goes largely unpunished, where women are still treated as second-class citizens and sex-objects, paid less, expected to submit to patriarchal standards, where the phallus is king…is it any wonder that girls want to explore the option to become the dominant sex?
We applaud Dr Cass’s excellent work. But the next steps need to begin and they need to begin immediately.

Congratulations to Jo Phoenix

We are pleased to hear the news this week that Jo Phoenix, a Lesbian professor of criminology in the UK has won her her empolyment tribunal against her former employer, the Open University. Jo was found by a panel of judges to have been harassed and discirminated against due to her belief in the importance of sex over gender in some areas of life, including her own area of research – effectively consituting constructive dismissal.

In an impactful interview this week on Radio 4’s Women’s Hour, Jo described the personal cost that standing up for freedom of speech in the higher education sector – well worth a listen. Those who followed the proceedings noted role that the OU’s department responsible for equality, diversity and inclusion appears to have played a role in the harassment of Prof. Phoenix – activities that they were set up to prevent!

This represents a victory for all of those – like us – who recognise the importance of sex based policy and services in some aspects of life, such as our right as Lesbians to host single sex events and spaces. A massive thanks to Jo for standing up for all of us!

Read more about Jo’s case HERE

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

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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.

Please consider donating to their crowndfunder.

You can hear more about the case HERE

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Lesbian Labour respond to the WHO

We have responded to the World Health Organisation (WHO)’s consultation with our thoughts on their guidance and policy.

A petition which raises similar objections to their policy can be found here: https://who-decides.org – you can add your name too.

Our response follows:

To whom it may concern,
We are Lesbian labour. Our group is based in the UK and is formed of Lesbians in the wider Labour and Trade Union movement plus members and supporters of the Labour Party. Together we fight to assert our rights and make our views heard in the face of increasing cross-political sexism and homophobia. We recognise our sexual orientation as same-sex attraction, as opposed to same-gender attraction. As Lesbians we understand that in addition to homophobia we experience misogyny based on our material female sex.

Whilst it is understandable that the WHO have convened a panel of trans and gender diverse people when seeking to develop guidelines which will affect them, this approach has led to complications in other spheres. Rather than wait until problems arise, we would argue that it is your public sector duty to carry out impact assessments on Lesbians and women in general. The most sensible way to do this would be to include these voices amongst the proposed members of the GDG.

We are not alone in our doubts about the proposed panel. Please note the growing number of signatories to this petition: https://who-decides.org/

Lesbian Labour have noticed that in the proposed GDG there is an absence of experts to advocate for the rights of Lesbians as exclusively same-sex attracted women. This is a massive oversight, as each of the five areas to be discussed affects Lesbians in the following ways:

Any proposal that focuses on ‘gender affirmation’ is likely to disproportionately harm Lesbians. Gender is a socially constructed set of norms used to oppress the female sex. ‘Gender-affirmation’ is male-centred and inherently sexist, as it reifies the roles and stereotypes used to oppress us.

As gender-nonconforming women existing in a sexist and homophobic society, Lesbians are at heightened risk of social pressure to transition. We believe that the promotion of medical procedures and hormones as forms of harmless ‘gender-affirming care’ may negatively affect the Lesbian community’s health and lead to our gender non-conformity being pathologized.

Healthcare guidelines that centre around gender identity rather than material sex are likely to disregard Lesbians’ boundaries around bodily autonomy. The overwhelming majority of perpetrators of violence against Lesbians are of the male sex. Healthcare policies that focus on gender-inclusivity necessarily rely on obscuring sex as a meaningful variable for consideration. This is problematic, since we believe that all women should have the right to request healthcare from a provider of the same sex.

The final point, legal recognition of self-determined gender identity, is detrimental to the rights of all women. It is fundamentally harmful to Lesbians. Since we experience the intersection between homophobia and sexism, it’s crucial that we have the right to enforce our sexual boundaries in a society that constantly pushes against them. Self-determination of gender identity has the potential to make Lesbians an undefinable group in law. This would in effect remove the legal protection we have recourse to under the UK 2010 Equality Act. Beyond this, Lesbians around the globe regardless of age, class, race, religion, culture, or difference in ability must all have the freedom to collectively reject all males as sexual partners without fear of social or legal punishment.

We urge the WHO to reconsider their proposed plans for the GDG and include experts who will provide evidence to support the needs of Lesbians. The departments of GRE-DEI have a duty to take into account not only the perceived benefits of their proposals, but also their potential grave harms to an already oppressed group.

Yours sincerely,
Paula Boulton for Lesbian Labour

Labour Get Braver fringe event

Last Month during the annual Labour Party conference we hosted a fringe event in Liverpool called Labour Get Braver (LGB) that neatly captures many of our concerns as same-sex attracted people that our interests are becoming lost within the larger LGBT+++ group.

In collaboration with the LGB Alliance and the Gay Men’s Network, we wished to provide a forum for LGB people to speak of their concerns. We will take these opinions and concerns to feedback within the Labour party.

You can find a summary video of the impactful speeches given on our YouTube channel HERE

Above: the event flyer