LGBT History Month & the Working Class Movement Library

To the Trustees of the Working Class Movement Library: Thank you for standing up against the online mob for the right of a working class lesbian activist to be heard. It is clear that, conscious or otherwise, lesbophobia, ageism and sexism simmer beneath the demands to silence Julie Bindel, a prominent campaigner for the rights of women and girls. Fighting individualistic identity politics is crucial to class struggle and analysis. As feminists we stand with you.

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Defending abusers helps no-one

Alan Carr doubtless feels he’s being loyal to old friend Justin Lee Collins, who was convicted of domestic abuse. Very often the abuser, the person using violence or emotional abuse to batter their partner, uses friends as part of his armoury. They provide a convenient smokescreen behind which to hide the abuser’s true nature. Women’s Aid reports 2 women a week are murdered by their partners in the UK. Police receive a domestic abuse call every 30 seconds.

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Beautiful video ‘We are WOMAN’ (#weareWOMAN)

Beautiful short film. She will be born female, she will have a girlhood. She can be tough. She can escape stereotypes. She can be comfortable in her own skin. She can break the mould! She can be wise, she can be fast, she can celebrate her body. She can be the best. She can be the leader in her field. She has strength in unity. Her voice is powerful. She will rise up. Our time is coming, are you ready? Don’t erase us. We are women. #weareWOMAN

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Christmas is coming, it’s cold outside

Lydia Liza and Josiah Lemanski have made a lovely, non-coercive version of the seasonal classic, ‘Baby it’s cold outside’. The 1949 original, featuring Esther Williams & Ricardo Montalbán, is rather creepy but fun to watch, alongside the role-reversed version with Red Skelton & Betty Garrett. Never mind your hurt pride, buddy, let her (or him) go home already!

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Mermaids TG are either lying or hopelessly unprofessional – TELI16 and distressed teens

Created by parents struggling to help their gender-questioning children, Mermaids Transgender was a support group. Now it’s a registered charity, receiving large grants and consulted by the UK Government, the NHS and others. And is still a group of blinkered evangelists. Despite their elevated status, Mermaids have shown themselves incapable of handling facts or seeing wider contexts. Our distressed young people need support, not sterilisation. We explain.

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The need for Safeguards – Review of the Gender Recognition Act

All transgender people should have the right to live their lives free from violence & discrimination. In certain circumstances transgender people have needs that differ from those of members of the sex with which they identify. In these circumstances a clash of rights arises. If the proposed changes go ahead, abusive men will be able to access women’s shelters and prisons. Click to learn more.

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Unintended Consequences – House of Commons debate on transgender equality

Transgender people should be treated with dignity and respect. However there are a series of recommendations in the report which risk unintended consequences for the safety and wellbeing of women and girls. They mean that violent male offenders could demand access to women only spaces and services such as refuges, rape crisis centres and prisons simply by claiming to identify as a woman, whether or not this was the case. This is already happening in the UK.

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Anyone who feels like a banana is a banana

Cartoon of “Danielle Muscovado” explaining that a banana is anything that says it’s a banana. The words are a skit on Danielle ‘Dave’ Muscato’s gender statement: If you think I am “less” of a woman, or NOT a woman, because I don’t fit your mental picture of what a woman “should” look like, or what body parts women “should” or “shouldn’t” have, news flash: Your mental description of women is not only inaccurately narrow, but anti-feminist and bigoted as well.

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