Lesbian Labour were in Liverpool this week handing out leaflets and speaking to delegates at the annual Labour Party Conference. Our concerns include the loss of single sex spaces and provision in public life, which particularly affects us same-sex attracted women.
Unfortunately we were literally and metaphorically left out in the cold given the Labour Party’s refusal to tolerate diversity of opinion over same-sex attraction and single sex services, after refusing stall applications from same-sex champions The LGB Alliance, the feminst charity Filia, as well as the Labour Women’s Declaration. This of course only made us more determined to get our message out there, and with our pop up stall we did!
This Monday evening (26th Sept) our own Paula Boulton delivered a speech (pictured far right ) on behalf of Labour Lesbians at the Labour Women’s Declaration conference fringe event titled:
“What do women need from the Labour manifesto?”
She spoke alongside Dame Diana Johnson MP, Cllr Nina Killen, Cllr Emina Ibrahim, Judith Green, Karen Ingala Smith and writer Joan Smith in a night that covered a wide range of issues affecting women. Here is Paula preparing her speech the day before.
You can view a pdf copy of her speech HERE and watch her deliver the speech on our youtube channel HERE
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.
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.
This summer for Pride month, Lesbian Labour wanted to do something for Lesbians. We are often frustrated by the lack of Lesbian voices during Pride month and beyond, and rather than relying on the narrative that Stonewall and Pride events present, we wanted to talk to a wide variety of lesbians on the ground. Our own Paula Boulton had the idea to start a ‘Proud Lesbian’ series. Here at Lesbian Labour we’re all proud of being Lesbians, so Paula thought we should interview other proud Lesbians. She was curious to find out – what’s happening in Lesbian lives? Are Stonewall law policies surrounding gender affecting Lesbian lives or not? As Paula says, “How seldom do we hear lesbian voices, how seldom do we read lesbian voices represented in the media? real stories of lesbian lives”.
So Paula set out to find out the answers to these questions and put out some feelers. What none of us were prepared for was the response from Lesbians worldwide wishing to talk about their stories and have their voices heard. Lots of Lesbians contacted us wishing to take part in the project. It’s now a very eclectic mix of Lesbians spanning different ages, religion, politics, jobs and life experiences – as detailed in the linked promo video below.