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!
Hannah and Paula with our pop up stall
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”.
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.
Thoughts on the cancelled alphabet soup conference, the “enlightened” response from the C of E, and the government’s cautionary approach to banning conversion therapy for gender identity.
A global conference which focused on banning such practices (see article) everywhere would have been a useful step.
Instead… histrionics. Footstomping. “If you don’t do what we want we won’t play”. Stonewall and other well- funded groups financially incentivising rainbow washing and virtue-signalling whilst denying same-sex attraction, should be ashamed of themselves.
Meanwhile, lesbians get schooled into how to be a real woman by transsexuals and drag queens. (see link below)
Now the C of E seems happy to accept trans folk. Lovely. Except it is a thin veneer over their homophobia.
“Better a trans person than a gay one.” Just like in Iran where the state pays to transition gay people.
Whilst the dust is settling on the government’s double U – turn on banning conversion therapy, let’s remember that Lesbians are particularly impacted on by this issue.
We are not a political football to be kicked around. If the government or the opposition really care about LGBT they need to stop performing concern, virtue signalling, rainbow washing, diversity and inclusion point scoring, and start listening to what each group has to say.
There is no rainbow community. We each have distinct needs and issues.
We can tell you about the L
That stands for Lesbian
80% of girls presenting at GIDS clinics, supported to be themselves through puberty, would turn out to be same-sex attracted women. i.e. Lesbians. Instead we are transing away the gay.