ERASURE: Lesbians & Gay men
Let’s start with some examples of:
Lesbophobia at the Pride
And now, a celebration of male power and entitlement: Pictures taken at 2017 Pride marches in North America GenderTrender
Posted on Twitter June 2018: “In honour of pride month I want to ask ‘What has happened to Pride?’ Original Pride vs. Queer Theory Pride, a thread.”
Lesbians Fighting Back
Auckland Pride 2018
Two young feminist heroes, Charlie Montague and Renée Gerlich, took the opportunity to challenge lesbian erasure and child abuse at the Auckland Pride Parade in February 2018. The picture tweeted by Charlie, right, shows the banner they carried at the Pride saying, ‘Stop giving kids sex hormones. Protect Lesbian Youth’.
Renee’s blog carries the press release they sent out, which also links to a video of an interview Charlie gave en route.
“Montague says that ‘Gender is a system of ‘pink and blue’ sex-based stereotyping. Without these gender stereotypes there are no ‘trans’ children. We want to break down stereotypes so that youth can be whoever they want to be – without being medicalised for it.”
The bad but totally unsurprising news is that they of course got loads of hate from the trans cult. But the better news is that they got masses of support from all over the world. They were so brave to make a stand – a great example to us all.
London Pride 2018
I was bursting with London pride when I saw my lesbian sisters stealing the limelight at this year’s pride. Here’s footage from Pink News, with a predictably diabolical narrative calling it an “anti-trans” protest rather than what it was – a protest against lesbian erasure and part of a campaign to Get the L out. Read about it here: Why “Get The L Out”? and see the video the protesting women took themselves here Lesbians Protest London Pride – #GetTheLOut.
Links to relevant articles:
The Cuckoo in the Nest Astroterf
Lesbian Pride, Lesbian Protest Jo Bartosch
Finally an awesome commentary posted on Twitter by a gay man. Here are the highlights:
Articles relating to Lesbian/Gay erasure:
“Vintage Gay Toronto currently has 755 members who according to their description talk about, “memories/discussions of bars, people and events gone by PRE-2000, exclusively for & about Toronto’s gay male community.” We reached out to the sole admin from the group, David Bennett, via private message asking him if trans men could join. His answer reflected the sentiment of the disclaimer with stinging veracity…”
“We know about the trans cult appropriating our Lesbian and feminist identity, our organizations, our communities, our lives. Whatever they can’t take over and mark as their territory, they destroy. Throughout this female-hating, Lesbian-hating vendetta, there is also a steady re-writing of Lesbian history by gay men and some women collaborators.”
“I don’t believe there is no major cause for concern anymore. People (particularly LGB people) should be concerned that new protocols of early social transitions, as well as the use of hormone blockers, could be tracking some youth that would otherwise grow out of their dysphoria (as most youth do) into unnecessary surgeries and hormone dependence. If better evidence comes forth in the future I am more than willing to change my mind. But there are reasons to at least question these may not be harmless practices that only isolate truly trans adults.“
FTMTF LadyAntitheist blog
“My own personal attraction to the booming trans trend is obvious in retrospect. Teen girls are taught to hate everything about themselves. None of us can win. Even the thinnest, most clear-skinned, prettiest of girls find an enemy in the mirror. Imagine my horror to look at my reflection and see a fat, short-haired, lesbian staring back. In a world where my style, my interests, and my attractions weren’t fit for a girl, transgenderism offered the perfect solution: Be a boy.”
Gay man to gay man: An Open Letter to Owen Jones whoiscis blog
“It baffles me how any gay man, a man who claims to be be homosexual, a man who states that he is exclusively attracted to other men (and by that we both know “men” means other biologically male people.) can stand firmly with the proponents of a political agenda that essentially discredits any merit being in biological sex, often going as far as to posit that it doesn’t even really exist (And by doing so erasing homosexuality. Hello…you can’t have “same sex attraction” if sex doesn’t exist.), while at the same time celebrating “gender” which is widely known as an oppressive social construct primarily applied to women.”
“Lesbians no longer have any right to hold social events that exclude males. Such events cause heterosexual males to commit suicide, claim transgender activists. The Breitenbush Hot Springs Retreat and Conference Center, host of the Historic ‘Women In The Woods’who claimed that the existence of Lesbian events makes men want to kill themselves.”
“I have seen the terms ‘cis lesbian’ and ‘cis gay man’ used by transgender individuals. Here’s how these terms reveal the homophobia at the core of the transgender movement.”
It’s Lesbian Visibility Day! Stop the erasure of lesbians (today and every day) Susan Cox & Meghan Murphy
“Today is Lesbian Visibility Day, a good day to remember that the “L” in “LGBTQ” is probably the least celebrated and visible of all those ever-expanding letters. The reason for that isn’t hard to identify: lesbians are women. They challenge the root of patriarchy, heterosexist notions of “family,” and porn culture, simply by existing. How much more threatening does it get?
“The Lesbian Rights Alliance (LRA) has sent an open letter to Stonewall demanding that it take the L out of LGBTQ because it makes “lesbians invisible and erases lesbians through its promotion of the Trans Agenda”.
The 135 signatories say that Stonewall supports the “absurd idea that male-bodied persons with penises can be lesbians”.”
Lesbians are an endangered species. I want my community back! Fair Play for Women website
“I’ve been thinking a lot over the last few days in particular about transactivism and lesbians and thought I might try to put some of it into writing, partly to try to make sense of it and partly because I still keep seeing people refer to the ‘LGBT’ or ‘LGBTQ’ community and equating transactivism with lesbian and gay rights.
I think the most obvious impact of transactivism is on young lesbians being encouraged to identify as heterosexual transmen and to subject themselves to damaging medical treatment, the effects of which they will have to deal with for the rest of their lives.”
Lezbehonest about Queer Politics Erasing Lesbian Women Claire Heuchan
“Lesbian is once more a contested category. The most literal definition of lesbian – a homosexual woman – is subject to fresh controversy. This lesbophobia does not stem from social conservatism, but manifests within the LGBT+ community, where lesbian women are frequently demonised as bigots or dismissed as an antiquated joke as a result of our sexuality.”
The gender-identity movement undermines lesbians Pippa Fleming
“Lesbianism is as ancient as the cosmos, yet it is a threat to patriarchy because it does not centre males, nor does it seek male wisdom, power or validation. Instead of finding solace within our community against the threat of misogyny and homophobia, lesbian identity is being written out.”
The limits of Stonewall’s tolerance Jo Bartosch
“‘Acceptance without exception’ is the aspirational slogan emblazoned across the website, merchandise and literature of Stonewall, the UK’s largest LGBT charity. The problem is that there are exceptions. Those who are not accepted include those who refuse to believe that a person can change their sex simply by saying: ‘I identify as.’”
“Many of the kids labelled ‘transgender’ would—if left alone—grow up to be lesbian or gay. This observation has been made by many parents, and sometimes their children who desisted or detransitioned, whose stories are gathered on this website. It is also supported by a growing body of scientific research. Developmental Psychologypublished an important article last year (Li, Kung, and Hines 2017), which 4thWaveNow has previously highlighted. Thanks to the generosity of Gu Li in sharing some of the data, I will try to explicate the results for the general reader.”
The silencing of the lesbians James Kirkup
“I’m writing about lesbians because some of them believe they are currently the subject of political failure. They believe that the people, organisations and institutions that are supposed to speak and stand up for them and their interests are not doing so. I think those concerns are reasonable and should be addressed. A political system that’s supposed to represent the views of everyone in it really isn’t working for the women I’m talking about here. This is, of course, about gender and the debate around gender and sex.”
The Vanishing Point: A Reflection Upon Lesbian Erasure Claire Heuchan
“Over Pride, a picture of a smiling transwoman clad in a bloodstained t-shirt proclaiming “I punch TERFs” circulated on social media. The image was captioned “this is what gay liberation looks like.” That those of us living at the intersection of gay identity and womanhood – lesbians – are often branded TERFs purely by virtue of our sexuality makes this claim particularly dubious. Considering that we live in a world where one in three women experiences physical or sexual violence in her lifetime, I cannot share in the amusement – there’s nothing revolutionary or countercultural in making a joke about punching women.”
Today’s shameless lesbians won’t be queered Jocelyn MacDonald
“For those of us in rainbow community, it’s not really a head-scratcher. We’ve watched lesbian culture be beaten back, redefined, and undermined — in many cases with the gleeful participation from the other letters in LGBTQ. For lesbians, it seems obvious that this is happening because we are in the midst of a backlash against feminism and women’s rights.”
Transgender Activists and their Anti-Womyn Homophobia posted by a gay man on reddit
“I tried to explain to a few Trans Activists that NO they were not Lesbians, they are Lesbian Identified Trans Women. If you DO NOT understand Rape Culture or that Lesbians are the TOP targets of Sexual Violence, you are NOT a lesbian and you are not Lesbian or Gay.”
“Scarlett Johansson just landed a new role. And while people are complaining the role should be played by a “trans man,” lesbians have pointed out that the character she’s playing in the new film Rub & Tug, Dante Gill, was a “butch” lesbian, not trans. Even in Dante Gill’s own obituary, Gill is described as an “unabashed lesbian,” because that’s exactly how the notorious butch-les self-identified while alive.”
Why Trans Activists Will Destroy Homosexual Rights Taylor Fogarty
“Instead of fighting the inhumane treatment of gays outside of the West, the top human rights issue for LGBT activists is making sure we don’t hurt feelings of people who dispute the definition of being gay.”
Here’s an excellent Twitter thread by @Throwaway_Gay
“i’m super curious to hear how you could possibly claim to be a gay ally if you truly, honest-to-god believe that humans aren’t sexually dimorphic. what do you think i, as a gay man, am attracted to? male “souls?” are lesbians attracted to some metaphysical “female essence?””
Lesbian Erasure event, 22 May 2018, London UK. Hosted by Lesbian Rights Alliance.
There Is No Such Thing as a Lesbian With a Penis! Madgalen Berns
More lesbophobia online
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