LGB Alliance

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LGB Alliance is a British organisation launched in October 2019 whose supporters include lawyer Allison Bailey, Bev Jackson (co-founder of the Gay Liberation Front), former comedian Simon Fanshawe, and anti-trans campaigner Miranda Yardley, their T-less name makes their stance pretty clear. Despite claims to be "Asserting the right of lesbians, bisexuals and gay men to define themselves as same-sex attracted" they don't wish to extend this right to trans people.[1][2] Some media sources inaccurately claimed it had split from the LGBT charity Stonewall, but despite one or two former Stonewall people (like Fanshawe) being involved, none of Stonewall's staff or trustees left to join LGB Alliance.[3][4] Their co-founder, Kate Harris, explicitly stated intersex people 'necessitate medical treatment'.[5]

Political Positions[edit]

The LGB alliance state that their goal is "Asserting the right of lesbians, bisexuals and gay men to define ourselves as same-sex attracted."

"We believe that biological sex is observed at birth and not assigned. In our view, current gender ideologies are pseudo-scientific and present a threat to people whose sexual orientation is towards the same sex, or to both sexes. In addition, we believe that these ideologies are confusing and dangerous to children."[6]

They also say they are not anti trans.

However this has been disputed by many, due to the actions and behaviours of the LGB Alliance, along with the affiliations of their supporters.

The LGB Alliance tweeted a list of 12 questions they had for 'prospective parliamentary candidates'. None of the questions related to LGB rights; instead every single one related to trans people.[7]

One of the speakers at LGB Alliance launch event was Gary Powell, a man who has allied with the Heritage Foundation against gay surrogacy rights and has written for Public Discourse, a division of The Witherspoon Institute which staunchly opposes gay marriage.[8] Activist Casey Explosion has highlighted the LGB Alliance's links with Conservative evangelical think tank the Heritage Foundation.[9]

They routinely share links on Twitter from anti-trans groups and publications including 4thWaveNow,[10] The Times,[11] communist and anti trans publication Morning Star News[12] and many more, including the Federalist and Conservative Woman.

Anti LGB Positions[edit]

Co-founder Malcolm Clark, who apparently works on contract for the BBC, has stated that LGBT school clubs are "unnecessary and dangerous" and "encourage predators",[13] Victim blaming children for the existence of predators because they organised supportive social clubs is a curious stance for a supposedly pro LGB organisation - it is usually heterosexual right wingers that assume orientation is inherently sexual (think of the children.)

Criticism from the LBGT Movement[edit]

The initial LGB Alliance announcement was met with widespread condemnation by the LGBTQ community.[14] They have been criticised by Out magazine.[15] Pink News charted the immense backlash from LGBTQ people against the group, with LGB people describing the group as 'transphobic, disgusting and vile'.[16]

Lesbian activist Izzy Rizinti pointed out that the LGB alliance was mostly composed of heterosexuals[17]

Former Chief Executive of Stonewall, Ruth Hunt, has said:[18]

It feels to me that the old, homophobic attitudes have simply morphed into new transphobic ones. The same hatred is behind all of it. When those who spread such prejudicial views present themselves as our friends, merely trying to defend us from the malignant danger of trans people, it is completely disingenuous.

More recently a bisexual woman went to a queer club in Glasgow wearing an LGB Alliance t-shirt in what seems like a deliberate attempt to offend. She was asked to turn her t-shirt inside out, and when she refused, was ejected. She was monitored and quickly provided with her jacket. While some TERFs have supported this person, the wider LGBT community, particularly cis bisexual women, have applauded the club for ejecting someone wearing a t-shirt representing a hate group.[19]

Support from the right wing[edit]

Many right-wing newspapers and organisations have supported the LGB Alliance. These include anti-trans trans woman Debbie Hayton, in the Spectator,[20] reactionary libertarian publication Quillette and noted TERF Helen Joyce,[21] who edits the Economist, a publication that suggested trans people should be subject to mandatory sterilisation before being recognised.[22] Other supporters have included TERF website After Ellen,[23] right wing and anti-trans newspaper The Times,[24] Andrew Sullivan from far right publication Breitbart[25] and Conservative Woman.[26]

It is perhaps amusing that both Breitbart[27] and Conservative Woman are otherwise firmly homophobic.

Self-identified butch lesbian Ruth Hunt has wryly noted how lovely and surprising it is to see a previously rather anti-LGB media become positively friendly towards LGB rights when they can be weaponised against trans people:[18]

"Truly, I am touched and thrilled to have the support of so many sections of the media. If I'm honest, I thought they hated butch lesbians. I'm delighted that they are now passionately championing our right to exist and be proud of who we are."

Rebrand[edit]

The LGB Alliance recently rebranded to highlight that sex is binary, with a black and white colour scheme. The new colour scheme is rather reminiscent of the Straight Pride flag.[28]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. Petter, Olivia. ‘LGB Alliance’ group faces criticism for being transphobic. The Independent, October 24, 2019.
  2. Cursed E. UK’s first transgender hate crime case, feat Miranda Yardley; abusive transphobe. Medium, March 20, 2019.
  3. Kay, Liam. Stonewall denies newspaper reports that it has split. Third Sector, October 24, 2019.
  4. Jones, Gareth. LGBT charity hits out at split reports. Third Force News, October 24, 2019.
  5. Parsons, Vic. The LGB Alliance, which claims to fight for lesbian, gay and bi people, has changed its logo and people are pointing out the obvious. PinkNews, December 24, 2019.
  6. About. LGB Alliance.
  7. Parsons, Vic. The ‘LGB Alliance’ has 12 questions for potential MPs and none of them are about lesbian, bi or gay issues. PinkNews, November 13, 2019.
  8. Fairchild, Phaylen. New LGB Alliance Aims to Evict Trans People From Activism. Medium, October 26, 2019.
  9. CaseyExplosion on Twitter: "If anyone was wondering if this "LGBAlliance" thing was yet more astroterfing from US religious fundamentalists, there's your obvious Heritage Foundation connection."
  10. AllianceLGB on Twitter: Sharing 4thWaveNow material.
  11. AllianceLGB on Twitter: Sharing The Times material.
  12. AllianceLGB on Twitter: Sharing Morning Star News material.
  13. Parsons, Vic. LGB Alliance founder says there shouldn’t be LGBT clubs in schools because of ‘predatory gay teachers’. PinkNews, January 23, 2020.
  14. BluskyeAllison on Twitter: "This is an historic moment for the Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual movement. *LGB Alliance* launched in London tonight, and we mean business. Spread the word, gender extremism is about to meet its match." Note the responses.
  15. Sonoma, Serena. LGBTQ+ Community Rallies Against Anti-Trans 'LGB Alliance'. Out, October 25, 2019.
  16. Parsons, Vic. New lesbian, gay and bisexual group facing immense backlash for being anti-trans… from lesbians, gays and bisexuals. PinkNews, October 23, 2019.
  17. BellaRizinti on Twitter: "LGB Alliance of mostly cis-hets. 😂 Transphobes are ridiculous."
  18. 18.0 18.1 Hunt, Ruth. When transphobic people try to pretend they're defending butch lesbians like me, I see the cynical tactic for what it is. The Independent, November 16, 2017.
  19. Parsons, Vic. Bisexual woman claims Glasgow queer bar kicked her out for wearing LGB Alliance T-shirt. PinkNews, January 19, 2020.
  20. Hayton, Debbie. In defence of the LGB Alliance. The Spectator, October 31, 2019.
  21. Joyce, Helen. Meet the Gay Activists Who’ve Had Enough of Britain’s Ultra-Woke Homophobes. Quillette, November 4, 2019.
  22. Morgan, Joe. The Economist Apologises for Saying Trans People Should be Sterilised. March 20, 2019.
  23. Heuchan, Claire. LGB Alliance asks Human Rights Watchdog to Investigate ‘Stonewall Law’. AfterEllen, November 7, 2019.
  24. Hellen, Nicholas. Lesbian barrister: my bosses bowed to transgender ‘hate mob’. The Times, October 27, 2019.
  25. Munro, Neil. Andrew Sullivan: Transgender Ideology Targets Gays, Lesbians. Breitbart, November 18, 2019.
  26. ffiske, Caroline. Gender zealots faced with a fightback. Conservative Woman, November 12, 2019.
  27. Steve Bannon. GLAAD.
  28. Parsons, Vic. The LGB Alliance, which claims to fight for lesbian, gay and bi people, has changed its logo and people are pointing out the obvious. PinkNews, December 24, 2019.