Been a long time, I know. A little thing called life keeps getting in the way of my writing.
It doesn’t help that I am only back here with another whinge, and for a second year running, condemning the actions of Pride In London.
The Pride In London march went ahead on Saturday, 7 July, on what was a scorching hot day. This is the biggest LGBT+ event the length and breadth of the UK, and I only wish that I could have been there.
Or maybe not.
The march was meant to be led by London Mayor Sadiq Khan. However, a bunch of 10 TERF (Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminists) forced their way to the front, and lay on the ground to stop the march from proceeding, while police and stewards looked on, doing absolutely nothing. After short negotiations, the TERFs were allowed to get up, and astoundingly were allowed to lead the parade for it’s entire length. They carried banners and placards stating “Transactivists erase lesbians”, “Lesbian=female homosexual” and “Get the L out”. As the march proceeded, they were even allowed to distribute transphobic leaflets.
One of the TERFs told Pink News “We want to get the L out of Pride, a man cannot be a lesbian, a person with a penis cannot be a lesbian.”, while another stated “Men are saying they are trans, they are lesbians and they pressure lesbians to have sex with them.” The same woman ‘complained’ that she had been called a TERF online, trying to whine that it’s a hate speech term. No, it’s fucking well not, and that is what you are, bitch; a fucking TERF, and if I ever meet you, I’ll call you a TERF to your face, and follow you down the street, shouting “TERF!” all the way. If the cap fits, fucking well wear it, sweetie.
That they were allowed to get away with this at all was appalling enough. But to add insult to injury, Pride In London gave a truly pathetic statement supposedly explaining why the TERFs were allowed to proceed at the front of the march. A Pride In London spokesperson stated;
“Given the hot weather and in the interest of the safety for everyone attending today’s event, the parade group was allowed to move ahead.
“We do not condone their approach and message and hope the actions of a very small number of people does not overshadow the messages of the 30,000 people marching today.”
The hot weather? Really, sweetie? And in the interest of safety? For whom? For the thousands of transgender and non-binary people attending who regularly come under attack from these evil harpies? No, you would sooner bow to a minority of ten ill-informed, low-intelligence fucktards. Tell me, would you allow ten members of Britain First to lead the Notting Hill Carnival, handing out racist leaflets, for ‘safety’ grounds because of ‘hot weather’? Because believe me, the brand of fascism spouted by TERFs is little different.
Had it been down to me, the march would have gone ahead ~ right over the prone bodies of the TERFs. Nobody knows what 30,000+ pairs of feet can do to the human body, but I’m going to hazard a guess that the result would not be at all pretty.
And yes, it has cast a shadow over the march. A great many people have complained about this disgusting and divisionary move, and LGBT+ Lib Dems. Chair Jennie Rigg said “I am appalled that transphobic protesters were allowed to lead the march and the crowd asked to cheer them on. This is a betrayal of the thousands marching. The Pride organisers should resign and offer a full apology.” I could not agree more.
This is not the first time Pride In London has courted controversy. At last year’s Pride In London, there was a group of gay ex-Muslims who carried banners saying “Allah is gay”, “Fuck Islamic homophobia”, “Islamophobia is an oxymoron” and “Throw ISIS off the roof”. This caused the East London Mosque to lodge a complaint, and instead of rallying behind the ex-Muslims against what is indeed a homophobic faith, Pride In London upheld the complaint and warned people against carrying “Islamophobic” placards.
Now we have this nonsense of TERFs, who deny the very existence of transgender people, being allowed to hijack what is supposed to be an all-inclusive LGBT+ event. It makes one wonder if Pride In London actually want the letter ‘T’ in LGBT at all.
Not that it should surprise any of us in the queer community. Sad but true, there is no shortage of transphobic gay men and lesbian women.
Careful dears, your cis privilege is showing.