Labour trans campaign angers women’s rights groups

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Labour’s Rebecca Long-Bailey has backed a move to expel party members who express “transphobic” views, sparking a row with some women’s rights activists. 

The leadership contender signed up to support the pledge which is part of a 12-point plan by the Labour Campaign for Trans Rights.

It states that “trans women are women” and “trans men are men” and that party members who “express bigoted, transphobic views” should be thrown out.

Labour leadership candidate Rebecca Long-Bailey speaks to supporters at a campaign event in Hackney, London
Image: Rebecca Long-Bailey signed up to the plan by the Labour Campaign for Trans Rights

Two groups are specifically named as “trans-exclusionist”: Woman’s Place UK and LGB Alliance.

The three co-founders of Woman’s Place UK, Judith Green, Ruth Serwotka and Kiri Tunks, said they are Labour members and “extremely concerned by the scurrilous mischaracterisation” and “defamatory” comments about their campaign.

They said they wanted to “ensure that women’s voices are heard and our sex based rights upheld” and called on Labour to “affirm its support for women’s sex based rights and our right to organise and exercise our right to free speech and assembly”.

Meanwhile, the LGB Alliance said negative comments about their group were “utterly false and are simply a malicious tactic used to smear us and to discourage people from listening to our views”.

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Social media users who identified as Labour members then started using the hashtag #expelme in opposition to the idea they should be kicked out for having different views to the Labour Campaign for Trans Rights.

Jaimi Steve, who tweeted she is her local Labour Party’s women’s officer in Burton, was one of them.

“The Labour Party created the Equality Act that prevents discrimination on the basis of sex. I supported the 2019
Labour manifesto to protect sex based rights.

“I support Woman’s Place UK. They support me. #Expelme.”

Another, Kathleen Stock, wrote: “I support Woman’s Place UK and LGB Alliance against this horrible public defamation.

“I also support my own and other women’s right to talk about the erosion of their protections, spaces, and words to refer to themselves in the face of narrow, controlling trans activism. #ExpelMe.”

Much of the highly-charged debate over gender identity stems from potential reforms to the Gender Recognition Act, which was passed in 2004, updating it to make it easier for people to legally change their gender.

“Trans people already have the right to legally change their gender, and there is no suggestion of this right being removed,” the government’s equalities department says.

“This consultation simply asks how best government might make the existing process under the Gender Recognition Act a better service for those trans and non-binary people who wish to use it.”

Labour transgender campaign angers women’s rights groups

Labour’s Rebecca Long-Bailey has backed a move to expel party members who express “transphobic” views, sparking a row with some women’s rights activists. The leadership contender signed up to support the pledge which is part of a 12-point plan by the Labour Campaign for Trans Rights.

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