Gender Identity, Lesbian Erasure, Political Representation, Transgender, Womens Rights

Transgenderism and Lesbian Erasure

3rd May 2018, Author: Lesbian Alliance

Lesbian Rights Alliance Tuesday, 22 May 2018 from 19:00 to 21:00 What are the implications and consequences of transgenderism for lesbians? The acronym ‘LGBT’ suggests a common interest between lesbians and those identifying as transgender, but is this really the case? Recent developments such as the dramatic rise in young women presenting at Gender Identity Clinics, the erasure of women-only spaces and the pressure on lesbians to accept male-bodied individuals as sexual partners, tell a different story. Why are so many young lesbians identifying as ‘queer’ or ‘trans’? What is the impact of practices such as breast-binding, hormone regimes and surgical interventions on the healthy bodies of young lesbians? What roles do schools, the media / social media and the medical profession play in this? Is the language of lesbian liberation being supplanted by the language of gender identity? Can transgenderism in fact be understood as a form of conversion therapy for lesbians? Speakers Anne Ruzylo Linda Bellos Julia Long Lynne Harne Dovile Lapinskaite Chair Elaine Hutton Buy Tickets

Gender Identity, Political Representation, Transgender

Lily Madigan: I want to be Labour’s first transgender MP

1st December 2017, Author: Lesbian Alliance

Lily Madigan is the Labour Party’s first transgender women’s officer but her appointment has ruffled some feathers. The 19-year-old was elected to the position in Rochester and Strood earlier this month. “I come from an under-represented section of womanhood,” Lily tells Newsbeat. “I thought I was the best person for the role. I’m pretty happy other people agreed.” Lily’s appointment, and her application to be part of the Jo Cox Women In Leadership programme, has angered some parts of the press and (reportedly) members of the Labour Party too.   Read Full Article in BBC News

Gender Identity, Political Representation, Transgender, Womens Rights

If trans activists truly cared about feminism, they would respect women’s spaces

24th November 2017, Author: Lesbian Alliance

Shon Faye claims to be in solidarity with women, but if that’s true, why doesn’t he respect our autonomy? by Meghan Murphy In The Guardian this week, lawyer and writer Shon Faye claims “trans people in Britain have recently been subjected to a media onslaught” — an almost laughable irony, if it weren’t so dishonest. The truth is that, while indeed many women and journalists in the UK have been covering and speaking out about questions surrounding the transitioning of children, proposed changes to the Gender Recognition Act, potential conflicts between gender identity legislation and women’s rights, and the attacks on those who question gender identity ideology, these articles and that activism do not by any stretch constitute an attack on trans-identified people. Read the Full Article in Feminist Current

Gender Identity, Medicine, Transgender

Eugenics and the practice of transgendering children

8th November 2011, Author: Lesbian Alliance

The practice of eugenics is returning to contemporary Australia in the treatment of transgendered children. With the cooperation of the Family Court, children as young as ten are being put on puberty delaying drugs after being diagnosed with “gender identity disorder” or “gender dysphoria”. There is the expectation that they will be moved onto cross-sex hormones at 16 and receive surgery to amputate their genitals at 18. Taking from the past There are similarities between the eugenic sexual surgeries and drug treatments of the past and the transgendering of children now. The ideas for both treatments come from scientists of sex such as biologists, endocrinologists and psychiatrists. Both practices are based on the idea that certain problematic behaviours have a biological basis and can be “cured” by treatments which alter sexual characteristics. Read Full Article in The Conversation by Sheila Jeffreys