I’m not a lesbian, so I’m not going to pretend to know what issues lesbians are having with the current political climate, but the current petition and it’s viewpoints, to me, is the opposite of the idea that “we’re all in this together”. The 1800+ supporters who signed a petition on Change.org asking several major LGBT organizations and publications to cut ties with trans people and issues, have a response from two of the country’s most visible and vocal LGBT groups. GLAAD president Sarah Kate Ellis said in a statement;
“GLAAD stands firmly with the transgender community and unequivocally rejects the outrageous and destructive idea that the ‘T’ be removed from LGBT. For decades, transgender people have worked alongside lesbian, gay, and bisexual people to advance equality for everyone, often leading the way in the movement for full equality and acceptance. Many trans people are also lesbian, gay, and bisexual — they are an inextricable and invaluable part of the LGB community. At a time when anti-LGBT activists continue to attack the basic rights and protections essential to all of our lives, we must stand together, rather than succumb to the ruin of divisiveness.”
Human Rights Campaign president Chad Griffin was pretty blunt in his response, as well:
“This is unequivocally wrong. The hate that killed Matthew Shepard killed Zella Ziona. The bullies at school aren’t just harassing the gay kids, they’re harassing the transgender kids. The parents who could provide loving homes for the 400,000 children in foster care aren’t only lesbian parents, or gay parents, they’re bisexual parents and transgender parents. This idea that we are somehow separate and apart is patently untrue. We are one movement, stronger in our unity. We are one community, period. And the Human Rights Campaign will not be done working until equality reaches every single one of us.”
The petition, authored by “Drop the T,” recycles several anti-trans arguments often advanced by the Trans-Exclusive Radical Feminists, or TERFs. It recycles the transphobic myth that successfully felled the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance this week, claiming that letting trans people use the bathroom that matches their gender identity would lead to men “pretending” to be transgender to gain access to women-only spaces and harass or assault women and children.
The authors also gripe that trans people have been “re-writing gay and lesbian history,” most recently by protesting Roland Emmerich‘s Stonewall, despite widespread acknowledgement that those who led the charge at Stonewall were trans and gender-nonconforming women and people of color, the petition takes aim at The Advocate and OUT, for participating in
“the appropriation and re-writing of gay and lesbian history and culture.”
The authors elaborate:
“Particularly frustrating was the fact that media outlets such as The Advocate, Out and Huff Post Gay Voices, who should have been the first to point out the fallacy of this notion, actually went along with the lie.”
Here’s the petition’s full statement currently on change.org.
We represent Lesbians who demand that the petitioned drop the L from their organisation names, and drop the L when reporting about any LGBT issues not directly related to lesbians since they do not represent our interests. The petitioned did not heed a petition to drop the T, leaving us with no choice but to remove the L from the LGBT.
The addition of T to the LGBT has resulted in Lesbians being silenced and threatened, all women and girls to be at risk for our safety, and our interests to take a backseat to those of transgenderist males who co-opt our name and culture.
The mission statements and resource allocation of LGBT orgs not only prioritize T but actively discriminate against L interests.
LGBT orgs and publications slur Lesbians with “TERF” and “cis”, and attempt to silence us with accusations of “transphobia” when we point out that T demands conflict with our demands for safety.
LGBT orgs and publications condone the destruction of lesbian culture and heritage by silencing women who want to keep Dyke Marches and other lesbian events as lesbian-only.
LGBT orgs and publications condone corrective rape against Lesbians through their non-condemnation of “the cotton ceiling” and rape- and death threats by T against Lesbians on social media.
LGBT orgs and publications condone medial anti-gay “conversion therapy” through their non-condemnation of the transgendering of children.
T demands for access to women’s safe spaces puts ALL women and girls at risk since there is no objective way of assessing who is “genuinely transgender” or not.
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(via The Advocate)