Dear Angela…

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We have decided to publish our email correspondence with Angela Eagle MP since our inception. Angela is a senior Labour Party MP and a Lesbian. Yet all of the following messages from us, a group of Lesbians within the Labour Party and wider labour movement, have gone unanswered. 17 emails in three years.

We therefore publish these unanswered emails in order to draw attention to the lack of engagement from key Party members such as Angela, who purport to speak for us.

27th April 2021

LL to Angela Eagle

Dear Angela,

We are thrilled to announce the launch of a new campaign group for Lesbians in the Labour movement. As the most prominent out Labour politician we are hoping for your support. Please find attached our introductory leaflet which explains our aims in a nutshell, but see below for our social media links and our website which launched last week.

We have had a great response all round with almost 3000 hits on the first day.

You will find our founding statement there and lots of articles and actions and links.

It would be good to have the opportunity of a meeting with you to explain more about our plans.

Your endorsement would mean a lot to us.

Look forward to working with you to support lesbians in the party and wider labour movement.

Thank you for having held the space for so long – hopefully we can now support you.


2nd June 2021

LL to Angela Eagle

Dear Angela,

Following Labour’s supportive comments today to signal the beginning of Pride month, I am resending our request for your endorsement.

The group is attracting a lot of attention and is a clear voice for Lesbians. We look forward to speaking with you and request once again a meeting to share our views.
With Pride


Feb 3rd 2022

Dear Angela,

I am writing to express my concern at the cancellation of the event to commemorate Maureen Colquhoun. Cancel culture has no place in the Labour party. Helen Lewis is a respected journalist and writer and was invited based on her knowledge of Maureen’s life. Her opinions on any other subject are her own and she has a right to hold them.

This is clear example of why we need an organisation to promote Lesbians.

Lesbian Labour wrote to you upon our formation and several times since asking to meet. We have met a brick wall and have also been told by LGBT Labour that they will not work with us. In addition we have been refused Friends of Labour status based on the premise that an affiliate organisation already exists and that having us a Friends of Labour would be duplication. This is a vicious circle.

Our group represents Lesbians in the Labour party and wider Labour movement. We request a seat at the table.

Please respond. We have a growing number of followers and there are a lot of Lesbians who also feel unrepresented by umbrella groups.

Paula Boulton


Feb 13th 2022

Dear Angela,

Please can you find the time to send the email to the UNHCR about the situation of Lesbians in the Kakuma refugee camp? The conditions for all the inhabitants of Block 13 are dire but we campaign for Lesbians.
In addition to the addresses in the attached email there are also the following addresses

Paula Boulton


April 27th 2022

Dear Angela,

Still hopeful that you will grant us at least a conversation about Lesbians in the party who are not represented by LGBT Labour who refuse to speak to us.

We have had a very successful first year and would very much like to have some dialogue.

Please arrange a meeting with us.

In solidarity,

Paula Boulton


June 30th 2022

Dear Anneliese, Keir and Angela,

As Pride month comes to an end I wanted to share with you what Lesbian Labour has been doing to celebrate Lesbians.

https://youtu.be/xpYAiXr4ez4

I interviewed 17 random Lesbians to ask them about their perspectives and lives and each interviewee was asked about party politics. I invite you to listen to the reality presented here.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8W1dJoBkKn0LLjfgO_KzGIB3vsAFtrzI

There has been an overwhelming response and many more Lesbians have come forward to share their stories.

I have sent them to the BBC LGBT correspondent Lauren Moss.

There are some very explicit messages to Labour. One after the other speaks of being politically homeless, lifelong Labour voters who do not feel able to vote Labour currently. We need to do better for Lesbians . Please listen.

Perhaps one place to start would be for Keir and Angela to respond to Lesbian Labour who have had all our correspondence ignored for over a year.

Anneliese – thanks for engaging with us. Hopefully this will save you all the bother of a focus group.

Paula Boulton


Sept 14th 2022

Dear Anneliese and Angela,

Can you please ensure that the LGBT panel at conference acknowledges that they do not include anyone from Lesbian Labour or any other organisation which supports the legal definition of sexual-orientation?

The continued refusal to discuss the importance of retaining same-sex, not same-gender as the definition of homosexuality is not acceptable.

Anneliese – you have met us and engaged with us.  We need someone to break through the no debate stance on this issue and to be honest enough to acknowledge that the LGBT+ organisations are not fully representative.

Angela – you have continued to ignore us as you physically did outside the conference hall last year. I did speak to Maria Exall at the time and she took my details with a promise to speak. Despite repeated attempts to contact her since there has been no progress.

Neither has LGBT+ Labour shifted on its refusal to engage with us.

Surely you must realise by now, when Lesbians were removed from Cardiff Pride over August bank holiday for stating their sexual boundaries, and LGB Alliance is this week defending itself in court for being a pro LGB organisation – that this issue HAS TO BE GRASPED.

It cannot be ignored out of existence.

We don’t expect a place on the panel. But for at least one speaker to acknowledge that there is a problem in the LGBT community as not everyone is in agreement about the replacement of sex by gender identity and the subsequent knock-on effects for sexual orientation.

This position is deeply homophobic and the public are finally listening. Mermaids was trending on twitter yesterday. One can discount twitter as an echo chamber. But this is not a disgruntled few people.

We want to work with you all. There are now a multiplicity of organisations focusing on gender identity and gender reassignment. All we are asking is that there be organisations which focus on sexual orientation.

Yours ever hopefully

Paula Boulton


Jan 17th 2023

Dear Angela,

If you are free tomorrow between 5 and 6 perhaps you would like to drop in

to committee room 2 where Baroness Nicholson has arranged to meet Lesbians and representatives of Lesbian organisations.

As such a prominent out Lesbian parliamentarian it would be useful for you to hear what other Lesbians are saying about the reality of their lives.

Paula Boulton


Jan 26th 2023

Dear Angela,

I am writing to invite you to attend our Lesbian Not Criminal tour on Wed 16th Feb in central London in the evening.

Would you be free to attend?

If so, I will send further details.

The event is a joint venture between Lesbian Labour and LGB Alliance who are supporting Norwegian Artist and Lesbian Tonje Gjevjon in her campaign.

There will be a panel of speakers, Q and A, Music and performance and socialising.

I do hope you will join us

Paula Boulton


Feb 8th 2023

Dear Angela and Anneliese,

We wanted to invite you to come to our London meeting on 16th February where we are hosting Norwegian Lesbian Tonje Gjevjon, who stands to be criminalised for stating facts about Lesbian reality.

https://lgballiance.org.uk/lesbian-not-criminal-on-tour/

Countries where self ID has been adopted, and biological sex-based reality has been replaced by ideological gender identity, generally enact hate crime laws which criminalise those who state that Lesbians are women.

You would be most welcome.

Paula Boulton


March 5th 2023

Dear all,

Please read this report. It explains very clearly the loss of Lesbian only spaces and the extent to which we are being affected.

As we repeatedly point out, the need to gather with others who share one’s protected characteristic is a cultural necessity and should be uncontroversial.

Without any impact assessment on how self ID affects homosexuality this issue has slipped under the radar.

We would be very happy to discuss this further.

Paula Boulton


April 28th 2023

Dear all,

It is not too late to acknowledge Lesbian Visibility. If the agreed target audience for voters is middle-aged women you will find a good few Lesbians and Lesbian allies in that group.

So for no other reason than to encourage voters – please rectify the silence on Lesbian Visibility Day by sending out a message to your same-sex attracted adult human female supporters by the end of the week.

I gave a speech in London recently to a hall full of Lesbians, and when I mentioned the Labour Party there was an audible groan. I reflected that not so long ago one could have expected a cheer. Then I asked for a show of hands as to how many Labour members there were in the audience. Four hands went up. I then asked for a show of hands as to who HAD been in the Labour party and the rest of the room raised their hands.

I have conveyed this information to the party previously.

Labour is losing Lesbians and knowing what a woman is and that women loving women are Lesbians is a simple message to put out there. As is the fact that Labour understands that SEXUAL orientation is based on SEX not Gender Identity.

I look forward to some positive support for lesbians from Labour.

Paula Boulton


June 12th 2023

Dear Angela,

I request again that you agree to meet Lesbian Labour.

Having just heard you repeat again your views on this issue which opened with you not accepting the reality that many of us are experiencing.

We are not making up the take-over of dating apps.

We are not making up Stonewall’s redefinition of homosexuality

We understand the threat from the right – but that should not prevent us facing the problems arising from forced teaming Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity.

This denial of the plurality of views and experience between Lesbians can surely now be put to one side?

So please do arrange to have a conversation with Lesbian Labour.

Paula Boulton


September 27th 2023

Dear Angela,

Would you be good enough to send us a statement that can be read out at our fringe meeting outlining the Labour Party’s position on homosexuality and sexual orientation as a protected characteristic?

Lesbian Labour, The Gay Men’s Network and LGB Alliance are meeting to come up with a charter of what Labour needs to do to regain the trust of the LGB community and get people to vote and secure a Labour government.

The silence on this issue is really troubling. It looks as if Labour still follow Stonewall and that does them no favours as Stonewall have redefined homosexuality as attraction based on gender not sex.

I know you have a very clear view on this. If it is that of the party then we need to know that.

Paula Boulton


Oct 10th 2023

Dear Angela,

Thankyou for the information you gave people about the appalling treatment of LGBT people in a growing number of African countries during yesterday’s panel.

I did have my hand up to ask you whether the APPG is able to bring any diplomatic or political pressure to bear on the UNHCR about the mistreatment of the Block 13 residents in the Kakuma refugee camp.

Lesbian Labour fundraise to send money to a group of Lesbians in the camp. Reginah Kyazikah, our main contact, was in touch with me last week about the worsening conditions.

No matter how often anyone writes to UNHCR, there is never any response.

We did manage to get the BBC to cover a situation earlier in the year but it seems impossible to make any progress and they are losing heart and hope.

[10/6, 12:05] Reginah: Oh dear am sorry to here that the lesbians in Australia are not allowed to meet without men, here things are so horrible the situation is not yet stable and we are still facing the same challenges

[10/6, 12:05] Reginah: Daily attacks and killings are too many now

Paula Boulton

Lesbian Labour


January 10th 2024

Dear Anneliese and Angela,

In the absence of any response from either of you to repeated requests to meet, I am sending you this short video which was made of the speeches at our fringe meeting in Liverpool.

Please find 2.5 minutes to listen. This is a real and valid concern.

https://youtu.be/cKebcRxLduk

In solidarity

Paula Boulton


April 26th 2024

Greetings comrades on Lesbian Visibility Day,

Since you publicly proclaim that you stand with Lesbians

“today and everyday”, can you all check your email inboxes and reply to the many unanswered emails from Lesbian Labour?

We speak on behalf of those Kate Osborne believes are a minority who maintain that Lesbians are exclusively same-sex attracted adult human females.

There are a lot of us – but because no-one engages with us you can stay in your ivory towers and believe we are an awkward minority. (30 grassroots organisations)

Even were that to be the case – we are entitled to be heard.

The conversation is not going away – and neither are we, which is what I said to Angela Eagle when she walked away from me refusing to talk to me at the reception for Labour Women’s Conference in 2023.

Especially now that the Cass report has proved our concerns about the number of young lesbians – 87% – being put on an irreversible medical pathway rather than encouraged to accept themselves.

We also have links with Lesbian detransitioners.

It is time to talk.

We are willing to engage, are you?

Paula Boulton

 

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

Visit their crowdfunder HERE

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