by Julie Bindel
Thursday, 21
April 2022
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Trans activists come for the LGB Alliance

It was only a matter of time...
by Julie Bindel
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The LGB Alliance (LGBA) has always been a target for trans activists. While Stonewall chose to prioritise trans ideology ahead of same-sex attracted individuals in 2016, the LGBA has always advocated for lesbians, gay men and bisexual people alone. The alliance campaigns for our rights and — importantly — against the notion that gender non-conforming youths should be marched down to Tavistock and diagnosed as transgender.

Eventually, activists found a way to get to the LGBA. The story is this: LGBA applied for funding to the Arts Council England’s, ‘Let’s Create Jubilee Fund’ for a film about gay men’s lives through the period of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation. Queens would have been an important record of the history of the fight for liberation from bigotry, prejudice and legal discrimination, and a celebration of gay culture.

In March the Alliance was notified that the application was successful, but then the sharks circled. LGBA was informed by the Arts Council that its charitable status had been under scrutiny and as such would embargo the grant decision. On the same day, the grant was suspended. Yesterday, on the 20th April, the grant was officially rescinded. LGBA was instructed to return the money.

Much of the hatred displayed towards LGBA is fuelled by The Good Law Project, run by the infamous Jolyon Maugham, who bragged he had clubbed a fox to death whilst wearing his wife’s kimono in 2019. Maugham is a trans-activist who, when the funding for LGBA was announced, tweeted his strong disapproval to his 373,000 followers (screenshot below).

The Arts Council’s decision regarding the Queens grant appears to refer to the appeal brought by Mermaids (supported by the Good Law Project) against the Charity Commission, challenging its decision to grant LGBA charitable status. In other words, one malicious attack is being used to fuel another malicious attack by activists seeking to deprive LGBA of funding.

Protesting this censorious, totalitarian tactic to shut detractors of trans ideology up should not be treated as a ‘free speech’ issue. I have, along with countless other women, endured bullying and harassment from trans activists because we dared to stand up for our hard-won rights. We are being silenced by men who find this threatening and unpalatable.

What’s more, it puts paid to the notion that cancel culture only affects rich celebrities, who are told they should simply suck it up. Thanks to the likes of Stonewall and other trans activists that refuse to accept that sex and gender are wholly different issues, us lesbians and gay men have been left out in the cold, with the only organisation speaking up for our rights being bullied, cancelled, and maligned. This must come to an end, once and for all.

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polidori redux
polidori redux
3 months ago

I was under the impression that gays had won the fight for legal equality (With my full support, as I don’t care if people fancy people that I don’t fancy – I never have) So what are you complaining about exactly? Why do you need public funding for your movement? I do not seek funding for any of my hobby – horses.
Trans, with the exception of a vanishingly small number of people born with sexual defects, do not exist. They are fakes: People who cannot accept the body they are born into. I can feel sympathy in some cases and would be willing fund psychiatric help. Other than that, I can see no reason to engage with either “movement”. There are far more important things to concern myself with than whether a trans dissed a gay on Twitter, or vice versa.

Stephen Walshe
Stephen Walshe
3 months ago
Reply to  polidori redux

Its all a bit Bolshevik vs Menshevik until you remember what the Bolsheviks went on to do to everyone else.

Richard Parker
Richard Parker
3 months ago
Reply to  Stephen Walshe

Apt parallel – thank you.

Lesley van Reenen
Lesley van Reenen
3 months ago
Reply to  polidori redux

Because in case you have completely missed it… the small minority of ‘vanishingly small number of people’ are winning the war and are taking over societies slowly but surely by convincing the hard left that they are a cause worth dying on the hill for. They are menacing heterosexuals and homosexuals, corporates, governments and other large organisations.
Really, where have you been all this time?

polidori redux
polidori redux
3 months ago

I have been here, watching and listening. I said that only a vanishingly small number are genuine Almost all of the supposed trans are fakes. A society that cannot face this down is a joke. I feel no need to take sides between trans and LGB

Ethniciodo Rodenydo
Ethniciodo Rodenydo
3 months ago

Where have we been?
It is just another in a long line of movement using the same handbook

Allison Barrows
Allison Barrows
3 months ago

Long before the trans thing, my husband and I went to Province Town with another hetero couple in the early 80s. Vicious women menaced us by hissing “breeders” at us in public. Interestingly, the two gay guys we rented the house from were cool and liked to party with us.

Mattman
Mattman
3 months ago
Reply to  polidori redux

Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Asexual are sexual orientations. Transgenderism is an ideology based on how somebody “feels”. If you were born in a mans body but feel like a woman, they believe you are a woman. They deny biology has anything to do with gender. Lesbians especially, are subjected to straight men who believe they are lesbians coming into their spaces and demanding they be seen as lesbian or your a TERF or something. It’s really insane.

polidori redux
polidori redux
3 months ago
Reply to  Mattman

I know it is insane, but LGB isn’t the answer.

Derek Bryce
Derek Bryce
3 months ago
Reply to  polidori redux

You are a bad faith poster trolling for lulz.

polidori redux
polidori redux
3 months ago
Reply to  Derek Bryce

Grow up

Andrew Fisher
Andrew Fisher
3 months ago
Reply to  polidori redux

It isn’t of course THE answer, but you sound very much like you think groups should not self organise. As a gay man, I’m actually thinking of joining the LGB Alliance as we need a counter balance to the biology deniers.

Lindsay Snoman
Lindsay Snoman
3 months ago
Reply to  Mattman

The real irony is that trans people who are trans because of sexuality, are the autogynaphiles who the trans activists deny exist.

Ethniciodo Rodenydo
Ethniciodo Rodenydo
3 months ago
Reply to  polidori redux

“They are fakes: People who cannot accept the body they are born into.2
From what I have read some of these suffer from very complex sexual disorder bought into being by a society that increasingly encourages indulgence and spurns any notion of restraint

Andrew Fisher
Andrew Fisher
3 months ago
Reply to  polidori redux

It’s about bullying and shutting down organisations of which you disapprove. Arguably we don’t need grants being given to either group, but if as a result of this, they go to the trans fanatics and not the LGB Alliance, that is a bad outcome.

If course the main takeaway is the pusillanimous response by so many mediocre managers to this sort of unrepresentative pressure.

Francis MacGabhann
Francis MacGabhann
3 months ago

Nearly, Julie, nearly. You made it all the way to the final sentence of the second-last paragraph today before you ruined it. Better luck next time.

Last edited 3 months ago by Francis MacGabhann
D Ward
D Ward
3 months ago

she lost it for me when she used the Americanism “Protesting this…” rather than “Protesting against this…” at the start of that penultimate para.

Arnold Grutt
Arnold Grutt
3 months ago
Reply to  D Ward

Whereas ‘protest against’ itself was originally wrong English, the original word ‘protest’ meaning ‘to bear witness *in favour of*’ (something). Strangely, it still survives into ‘modern’ English in only one case I know of, e.g. ‘He protested his innocence.’

Red Reynard
Red Reynard
3 months ago

Put your own blinkers down, Francis. JB is referring to Trans-women who are MEN, not to you and I. I’m no fan of Binder, however, even I can see her point. The current cultural battlefield is no place for willful misinterpretation nor (as some do) gleeful schadenfreude. While some (not you, perhaps) sneer from the sidelines, these people are worming their way into the fabric of decent society.
All the best.

Al M
Al M
3 months ago
Reply to  Red Reynard

I broadly agree with the main points of this article. Take a look at Stonewall’s senior staff pages, however. Not all men by any means.

Last edited 3 months ago by Al M
M Harries
M Harries
3 months ago
Reply to  Al M

Absolutely. Men AND cis women, erstwhile … women.

Coming soon… ‘moist water’

Benedict Waterson
Benedict Waterson
3 months ago

Shows how provisional ‘progress’ is. Change for the sake of change. It affirms you, then it eats you

R Wright
R Wright
3 months ago

The progressive ouroboros

AC Harper
AC Harper
3 months ago

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. Or so it has been said. Perhaps gay and lesbian people have now mostly won – if not yet a total victory – so there’s not as much social status to be garnered by virtual signalling support.
Other groups are now competing to garner that conspicuous conviction and since there is only so much to go around support for previous movements must be cannibalized and recycled.

Arnold Grutt
Arnold Grutt
3 months ago
Reply to  AC Harper

‘Permanent revolution’ I think someone once called it.

Jonathan Nash
Jonathan Nash
3 months ago

JB has a dog in this fight, so I can well understand why she writes about it so much, but I am puzzled as to why this issue which for most people must be of almost no relevance at all appears to be one of the burning political and societal issues of the day. It must be a proxy for something: some inter-generational resentment I think.

Richard Parker
Richard Parker
3 months ago
Reply to  Jonathan Nash

Yes, it smacks of displacement, or projection… I’m not sure what the true object of opprobrium is, and I’m not sure that the antagonists really are either.
As the Dead Kennedys sang: “your emotions make you a monster”. And I’m convinced that there is more emoting than contemplation at play in this current debacle.

Last edited 3 months ago by Richard Parker
Lesley van Reenen
Lesley van Reenen
3 months ago
Reply to  Jonathan Nash

Every woman has a dog in this fight, or should have a dog in this fight – those that have a brain. Many men support these women.

Helen E
Helen E
3 months ago
Reply to  Jonathan Nash

The issue has no relevance? Au contraire. UPenn swimmer “Lia” Thomas. Olympics weightlifter “Laurel” Hubbard. The WiSpa incident in LA. Assaults in women’s prisons by trans bio males.

More bullet points: Legislation in many US states requiring gender-affirmative medical treatment for gender-confused patients (including minors) by health care practitioners, upon pain of loss of license to practice, and even criminal penalties. The distress of young detransitioners who were rushed into irreversible treatment (mastectomies, cross-sex hormones) without proper mental-health screening.

”Rachel” Levine, touted as the first “female” US admiral (wrong), appointed as Asst Secretary of Health. Widespread education, at inappropriate ages (ages 4, 5, 6), inculcating the notion that sex is a spectrum, FGS.

Widespread erasure of the term “woman”, replaced by “menstruators” and “cervix havers,” to placate women who now identify as men (and UK politician David Lammy, bless, who hilariously believes men can obtain cervixes).

The issue has wide significance, as outlined above, for parents, girls’ and women’s sports, women’s rights, and minors’ safety. And #Science.

For LGBs, LGB Alliance exists to fortify rights won for gays and lesbians against dilution and erasure by trans rights groups. Stonewall, once founded to advance civil rights for gays and lesbians, has now become a trans-rights group.

Last edited 3 months ago by Helen E
Caroline Watson
Caroline Watson
3 months ago
Reply to  Jonathan Nash

It is an issue that is relevant to everyone. ‘Gender’ ideology promotes the idea that biological sex is irrelevant and it is what people ‘feel’ like that matters. Strangely, however, it also promotes the idea that people who ‘feel’ as if they are the other ‘gender’ should have their bodies mutilated to ape the appearance of the other sex. It promotes this to children in school. It also promotes the belief that people who believe that they are the other ‘gender’ should be allowed to use the lavatories, changing rooms and other facilities set aside for the other sex. That means adult males, including those who are completely entire, in female facilities with young girls.
Now do you see why it’s a problem?If it’s a ‘proxy’ for anything it’s paedophilia.

Last edited 3 months ago by Caroline Watson
Carol Hayden
Carol Hayden
3 months ago

How truly depressing and disappointing. This sort of take on history is worth doing.

Andrew D
Andrew D
3 months ago

Pedant here. A film ‘about gay men’s lives through the period of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation’ sounds decidedly niche. What were you doing, and with whom, during those two hours or so in 1953? On the other hand, a film about how much gay men’s lives have changed over the long span of the Queen’s reign is definitely worth making (although I’m not sure why it should need Arts Council funding).

Last edited 3 months ago by Andrew D
Ian Moore
Ian Moore
3 months ago

I wonder how much money is wasted on these back and forth squabbles between the various groups. I would imagine the amount spent on consultation and legal representation could fund some very worthwhile projects. People such as the fox clubber are grifters, many of those involved in most activist type movements and companies are. Until that is regulated and stopped we’re going to continue piddling money away identifying, magnifying and perpetuating nonsense grievances and movements.

Michael Richardson
Michael Richardson
3 months ago

I think we should have an LGBS Alliance. Straights have a lot more in common with LGB that with TQI+ (or whatever the current alphabet soup is).