Dear Angela…

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.

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.

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.

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.

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