More Bullshit Regards Iran

Today marks 20 years since the ban was lifted on LGBTQ people serving in the British military, my opinion on LGBTQ people serving in the military is pretty much the same opinion of the late great Bill Hicks, if there are LGBTQ people just as dumb as any heteronormative gammon wanker in wanting to pick up a gun & go fight wars for oil on behest of the Military Industrial Complex then I say fucking let them.

Of course if the United States & Britain went to war with Iran then Britain might very well have soldiers who are trans fighting that war whereas United States would have no soldiers who are trans as Donald Trump as US president has decreed that trans people can no longer serve in the US military because apparently being trans prevents you from gunning or bombing Iranians to death. The irony is trans people get better treatment under the Iranian regime then they’ve had under the Trump administration, though of course gung-ho hatemongering gammon fanboys of Tommy Robinson refuse to believe this to be true despite the fact they’re just as hateful of trans people as they are about them brown people who eat halal.

So the latest bullshit out Iran is that the British Ambassador Rob Macaire was detained after attending the vigil in Tehran for those who died when last week the Iranian military shot down a Ukrainian passenger plane which then turned into a protest against the Iranian government, err what the fuck does anybody fucking expect when Boris Johnson sides with Donald Trump against the Iranian regime, Tory ministers can whine all they like about how the Iranian regime detaining the British Ambassador being a violation of the Geneva Convention but its not as if none of us aren’t aware that the Iranian regime does have something of a track record when it comes to violating the Geneva Convention, I mean some of us are old enough to remember the Iranian hostage crisis which in part helped to bring down the Carter administration.

There will be those gung-ho gammon dipshits who are itching for the US military to go bomb Iran because bombing them brown people who eat halal is probably the only thing likely to give them an erection & who will no doubt accuse me of being anti-American or for being a lover of the Iranian regime because I say trans people are currently better off under the Iranian regime then currently under the Trump administration, hey me saying trans people are treated better by the Iranian regime then those trans people living under the current US government isn’t a ringing endorsement of the Iranian regime, it’s more a condemnation of the Trump administration’s treatment of trans people in restricting them from having the same rights as anybody else in mainstream society in a country which thinks its morally superior for being the ‘land of the free’.

Anti-government protests in Iran

I certainly don’t in any manner support the Iranian regime, for starters it’s an autocratic theocracy which rules with brutality & savagery, it puts to death people who are homosexual simply for being homosexual, it violates many of the human rights we take for granted such as freedom of speech, all of which is why I find myself weirdly in agreement with Donald Trump in support of the protests against the Iranian regime which are appearing to be increasing across Iran following the Iranian regime admitting it did down a Ukrainian passenger plane, the Iranians would likely be better off if they overthrew the current regime ruling over them unless of course the likes of ISIS see an opportunity in gaining a foothold as a consequence of any insurrection against the current Iranian regime.

It’s New Year 2020 & As A Physically Disabled Trans Woman I’ve Never Been So Shit Scared About My Future As I’m Now

Though I had most awesome start to this new decade as in the first minutes of the 2020s I got engaged to my girlfriend & we both now dream of having a fabulous wedding sometime in the next few years, however this is all very much dependent on whether this Tory government doesn’t murder me for the crime of being a disabled person.

Despite there being wedding bells in the air for yours truly, I’ve never been as scared for my future as I’m this New Year 2020, yes I might have survived the 2010s as a disabled person who increasingly needs government assistance to help me with the day to day tasks which able bodied people take for granted when over many other disabled people perished as a consequence of Tory austerity, but I can’t help thinking its really only a matter of time before I’m shipped off to an Atos death camp & become yet another statistic in the Tory genocide against disabled people.

The Tories continuing policy when it comes to caring for disabled people

Genocide & death camps might sound well too emotive & hyperbolic for some, but hey your likely not a severely disabled person thus have no fucking idea what so fucking ever what it’s fucking feels like to be a disabled person living under the threat which Tory government poses to us merely breathing never mind living or thriving. Let me remind you without truly having a parliamentary majority the Tories have managed kill over 100,000 disabled people over the past decade & gave a knighthood to the evil Tory cunt who was main architect of that genocidal level of death, now the Tories have a thumping parliamentary majority I dread to think what economic terrorism the Tories are now going to get away with unleashing on disabled people particularly when there are Tory backbenchers like Sally-Ann Hart Hastings & Rye who thinks disabled people are inferior human beings.

I dread to think what economic terrorism the Tories will unleash when Brexit kicks in! Oh fucking dear (& then some) if your some fuckwit gammon who’s thinking Brexit will somehow produce some kind of British renaissance & the 2020s will be the roaring 2020s, because you truly are a fucking fuckwitted fool who knows nothing about fucking economics. This country is going to be far poorer as a consequence of Brexit & shit is going to be a lot more expensive, which is going hurt most off all the most vulnerable in society such as disabled people, but hey bollocks to us disabled people so long as gammon get to wrap themselves up in Union Jacks & bash Johnny Foreigner.

There are conflicting reports as to whether former leader of the English Defence League Tommy Robinson & leader of Britain First Paul Golding have had there applications to join the Tory Party turned down, but the fact the fascist hatemongering gammon are joining the Tories in droves led by the likes of Tommy Robinson & Paul Golding & Katie Hopkins is shit fucking scary, in fact what’s more scary is that Boris Johnson nor any other senior Tory has discouraged out & out fascist thugs from joining the Tories nor condemning fascist thug like Paul Golding making threats of violence against those who legitimately oppose this Tory government.

Boris’s hardon for Brexit, Boris’s racist & Islamophobic & homophobic &  misogynistic rhetoric, Boris evidently being Britain’s pound shop version of Donald Trump, geez wonder why far-right hatemongering trolls are attracted to supporting the Tories, fuck it why not cut out the bullshit & have the Tories drop the oak tree as their party logo & replace it with the swastika because hey it’s obviously the direction the Tories are currently traveling.

I’m not just shitting myself about the Tories economic policy affecting me due to being a disabled person, I’m shitting myself about the Tories social policies affecting me as a trans woman, for whatever reason trans people are still the most persecuted section of the LGBTQ community & considering we now have hatemongering gobshites trolls like Katie Hopkins joining the Tories who is the most rabid of rabid transphobic bigots & that we know there are transphobic bigots on the Tory parliamentary benches such as David T.C Davies, yeah it doesn’t quite look as if it will be the roaring 2020s if you’re trans or non-binary. I’m not saying that lesbian & gays won’t be immune from any Tory anti-LGBTQ bullshit, but apart from the odd fringe voice spouting homophobic bigotry the vast majority of Tories now generally accept gay & lesbian equality, it’s trans & particularly non-binary people who’ll be targeted by any Tory anti-LGBTQ bullshit. Despite us seeing a lot positive progress for trans people throughout the 2010s, maybe due to first half of the decade Britain having a Tory Prime Minister for all his faults was in fact socially liberal, but those days are long gone & the transphobic backlash is well underway, it’s now a question how much that will this will influence this Tory government when it comes to policy.

Remember Donald Trump posing with the LGBTQ Pride flag at a rally during the 2016 presidential election campaign, remember Boris going out of his way to mention LGBTQ when he first entered Downing Street as Prime Minister, golly hasn’t the Trump administration been mightily progressive & enlightened in it’s policies concerning the LGBTQ community & specifically trans people err NOT! Remember it was a Tory government which brought in Section 28 which deliberately discriminated against gays & lesbians, well there are now transphobic bigots proposing a similar discriminatory policy in regards to trans people.

I might not be so hopeful the 2020s will be so roaring for me personally or friends around me, in fact I sadly think the 2020s might be the last decade I get to draw breathe due to Tory this & Tory that, but I guarantee I will continue to fight & campaign against Tory evilness the best I can & I will never ever go fucking quietly.

JK Rowling Comes Out As A Transphobic Bigot

So yesterday Harry Potter author JK Rowling finally came out publicly as a transphobic bigot in a tweet defending Maya Forstater who lost an employment tribunal which she brought against her former employers after they had sacked her for having expressed on social-media out & out transphobic opinions.

JK Rowling

Considering Maya Forstater had worked as researcher for the Centre for Global Development an International thinktank that campaigns against poverty & inequality, me thinks its more then appropriate she had her arse fired, doesn’t seem in keeping with the ethos of campaigning against inequality to be having a gobshite TERF bigot working for you.

There have supposedly been hints in stuff Rowling has said in the past that she might be something of a transphobic bigot, certainly amongst the trans community there was a strong suspicion Rowling was secretly a TERF & though no surprise to me nor any other trans person that indeed Rowling is a bigoted transphobic gobshite, I’m still angry about her transphobic protestations on Twitter, in fact I’m fucking angry as fuck with her spouting transphobic Bullshit in defence of an out & out TERF because she is world’s bestselling living author & being so she has the kind of stature in the bullshit she spouts which is just going to feed ammo to those transphobic bigots who would gladly see me as well as every other trans person wiped from existence.

As well as world’s bestselling living author, she’s supposedly meant to be somebody who’s politically left of centre or centre-left & has in the past been a major financial donor to the Labour Party, yeah well as a trans woman who’s politics are most definitely on the left of the political spectrum, I’d not say you’re any kind of political lefty or liberally minded individual when you go about defending exclusionary or discriminatory attitudes towards trans people & espousing trans people shouldn’t have equal rights on par with cis people, if Rowling had defended somebody who’d said that Black people weren’t real people or not shouldn’t have equal rights on par to White people she’d rightly be accused of being a racist well that’s essentially the equivalent here to what she’s has been defending.

I’ll admit this is not the first time I’ve been grinding my teeth in recent years when it comes to Rowling, because a while back she along with other Labour supporting wealthy celebrities such as Ross Kemp & Mick Hucknall were funding the establishment of various groups within the Labour Party with the primary objective to undermine Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, yeah that’s worked out well hasn’t it err not, geez thanks Rowling you Blairite cunt! I’m now wondering if JK will now be supporting Jess Philips bid to be elected Labour leader now Jeremy Corbyn is on his way out, of course that it is if Jess Philips isn’t just dropping hints she’ll throw her hat in the ring & actually follows through & this isn’t just her usual publicity whore antics in just spouting bullshit to get headlines, anyways the reason I thought Rowling might back Jess isn’t just that Jess is on the right of the party but she’s also transphobic as fuck having said bullshit in support of Women’s Place UK which is a vicious transphobic hate group.

The transphobic shite espoused by JK Rowling couldn’t have come at a worse time, a hard-right Tory government led by Boris Johnson has just been elected with a whopping parliamentary majority, we all know Boris’s record when it comes to bellowing homophobic rhetoric but there are other Tory MPs who’ve voiced bigoted rhetoric far worse against the LGBTQ community, no longer is it about the LGBTQ community gaining greater rights now we are going to have to defend tooth & nail the rights we have. Trans people in particular are already the most marginalised group within the LGBTQ community & will likely bear the brunt of any anti LGBTQ shitstorm fermented by the Tory fringes, but if not the Tory fringes helping to further persecute & marginalise trans people then there’s always the likes of JK Rowling doing so.

Thanks To Fascistic Trump I’m Now Immobile For Christmas

I recently received this bullshit disabilist tweet from somebody who’s quite obviously a Tory troll.

Yes of course I must be lying my fucking arse off about being disabled because I’m not dribbling whilst sat in a wheelchair 100% of the time unable to comprehend the world. I can most definitely testify from personal experience as disabled person that the disablist attitude exhibited by this Tory troll is sadly pretty prevalent amongst the general populous, people really do seem to think that unless you’re not visibly sat in a wheelchair 100% of the time then your bullshitting the world about being disabled. What’s particularly irksome isn’t just that many people can’t grasp not all disabilities are visible & that those disabilities which are invisible are often the most debilitating of disabilities, it’s the contradictory bullshit of accusing disabled people of using whatever disabilities they suffer from as an excuse in not making enough effort to do whatever but then accusing disabled people of lying about being disabled when they do make an effort to do whatever, in other words when I do make effort to get out & about to do whatever despite being disabled I’m accused of lying about being disabled yet if I didn’t make an effort to get out & about to do whatever because of being disabled I’m then accused of using my disabilities as an excuse to be lazy, seems to me cynicism has replaced compassion regards the general attitude of people in this country towards disabled people.

For the record I suffer from multiple disabilities (not all of which are visible) including physical disabilities effecting my mobility, for the record whenever I have attended any protest or parade in London I’ve more often then not been laid up unable to walk for more then day afterwards, but it’s not just the next few days I’m going to be laid up unable to walk as a consequence of having attended yesterday’s Anti-Trump demo in London but I’m going to be immobile for the entirety of Christmas due to having tripped & fallen & in process knackering my right knee as well as spraining my left ankle.

yours truly at yesterday’s Anti Trump demo prior to busting my knee

When I tripped & fell as the anti-Trump demo was setting off from Trafalgar Square to march on Buckingham Palace where Queen Lizzy was hosting a reception for Donald Trump & other NATO leaders, it wasn’t the pain from having tripped & fallen in the manner I did that had me in floods of tears, but the police & stewards who’d gathered round me to see if I was okay misgendering me as ‘he’, which was kind of frigging ironic as I was attending this Anti-Trump demo to represent trans people as Indeed I have when I’ve attended all the other Anti-Trump demos I’ve managed to attend over the past couple of years.

With yesterday’s Anti Trump demo there were activists giving speeches about all usual leftwing concerns you’d expect activists to be making speeches about at an Anti-Trump demonstration, justice for Palestinians, fuck off NATO, Trump is a racist & Islamophobe & a misogynist, all which being a redder then red socialist I of course agree with, but there wasn’t one LGBTQ activist or more specifically trans activist speaking from the platform yesterday thus no mention of Trump’s rabid transphobia despite it being more then fucking evident that from the moment he took office his administration has been waging a war against trans people. Though Paris Lees did get to speak at a previous Anti-Trump demo back in the summer of 2018 which was attended by 300,000 people (me included) usually there’s been an absence of trans or even LGBTQ speakers at the Anti-Trump demos there have been & generally when it comes to antifascist demonstrations. Don’t the Stop The War Coalition or Unite Against Fascism or the Socialist Workers Party or whichever leftwing activist group who’ve been organising Anti-Trump & antifascist demos not know Trump is being a colossal cunt towards trans people, do they not think the rise is the far-right isn’t an increasing threat to LGBTQ people & specifically trans people?

It’s because of the lack of LGBTQ representation & specifically the lack of trans representation there has been from platform at Anti-Trump & antifascist protests which is exactly the reason why I attend these kind of protests waving a Trans Pride flag like a motherfucker & why there needs to be far more trans visibility amongst the demonstrators at these sort of protests as a reminder trans people are very much threatened by the rise of the far-right in fact more so then any other section of the LGBTQ community. Some might pooh-pooh my personal efforts to increase trans visibility in the fight against fascism making bollock all difference, however to my surprise a trans friend who ‘s a working-class Tory actually applauded me for my efforts in trying to increase trans visibility when it comes to demonstrating against Trump. It’s certainly not a good thing to have busted my knee thanks to Donald Trump being a fascist fuck, but having a Tory of all people appreciate me for the effort I’ve made in trying raise trans visibility when it comes to protesting Trump well that actually means a great deal to me & goes a long way to making up for the physical agony I’m having to endure this festive season.

What A Clusterf**k It Must Be To Be A Palestinian Who’s LGBTQ

What a clusterfuck it must be to a Palestinian who’s LGBTQ, I mean not only are you going to be victimised by the Israeli government’s apartheid regime against the Palestinian people but you’ll also going to be victimised by other Palestinians for being LGBTQ, not only do you run the risk of being shot or rocketed to death by the Israeli Defence Force for being Palestinian but you’re also at risk of being thrown off the top of a rooftop by other Palestinians for being LGBTQ.

The Palestinian Authority recently announced a ban on all LGBTQ activities in the West Bank after Al-Qaws an organisation that supports LGBTQ Palestinians were planning to hold a public pro LGBTQ event in the city of Nablus, a spokesperson for the Palestinian Authority told the told the Jerusalem Post that the decision had been made because activities of groups such as Al-Qaws are “harmful to the higher values and ideals of Palestinian society”, yeah more like the Palestinian Authority are homophobic/transphobic as fuck & are being utter frigging hypocrites because whereas they’ll complain rightfully about Palestinians being persecuted for simply being Palestinians they’re prepared to persecute the LGBTQ amongst the Palestinian populous for simply being LGBTQ.

Nobody can help being Palestinian, nobody can help being LGBTQ, nobody should ever be discriminated or persecuted because of stuff they can’t help such as race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability or age, it kind of goes without saying that a political leftist physically disabled Jewish transsexual lesbian such as myself would espouse this. Because I’m a trans woman who is a lesbian, Zionists love to challenge me for having supported justice for the Palestinian people & critical of the Israeli government when its evident that homophobia/transphobia is rampant amongst the Palestinian populous & LGBTQ Palestinians are being persecuted by other Palestinians for being LGBTQ whereas within the state of Israel itself LGBTQ rights are progressively on par with Western Europe. Other then the recent decision by the Palestinian Authority to ban the activities of pro LGBTQ groups, I’m well aware there are no protections or rights for Palestinians who are LGBTQ in the West Bank or Gaza, yes I know in Gaza controlled by Hamas that LGBTQ people are being thrown off rooftops no doubt excuse for which is no doubt poisonous religious interpretation, yes LGBTQ rights in Israel are comparative to LGBTQ rights in Western European, but none of this excuses the racist policies of the Israeli government against the Palestinian people.

One of the oddities during the Apartheid era in my native South Africa was transsexuals had rights & legal protections which were in fact far more progressive then they were in the UK at that time, but how progressive the apartheid regime in South Africa happened to be in regards trans people this was never an excuse the savagely rabid racism of the apartheid regime in treating non Whites like shit & the same goes for Israeli government being ever so progressive when it comes to LGBTQ rights doesn’t excuse the Israeli government orchestrating an apartheid regime as it has against the Palestinian people.

No matter how rampant homophobia/transphobia might be amongst the Palestinian people this doesn’t excuse the racism of the Israeli government towards Palestinians, two wrongs don’t make a right, despite some Zionists thinking it does. I have encountered Zionists who seem to think Palestinians being homophobic/transphobic as fuck is enough of an excuse to go bomb the shit out of Palestinian communities, but that’s not actually why the Israeli Defence Force are shooting or rocketing Palestinians is it, no the IDF are firing upon Palestinians for purely being Palestinians no matter if they’re homophobic/transphobic or not.

I condemn both the Palestinian Authority & Hamas for being homophobic/transphobic & equally I condemn the Israeli government for being racist as fuck & overall I just fucking despair & most of all feel for Palestinians who are LGBTQ literally getting shot on both sides.

The Day After Trans Pride Brighton

I’ve been downing Tramadol this morning after Trans Pride Brighton as if they were fucking Smarties due to the physical agony attending events such as Trans Pride Brighton & Pride in London has on disabled me, however the physical agony I now feel due to my exertions yesterday in attending TPB was worth it not only when it comes to the reward in being able to do my bit to champion the trans cause & to shout loudly & proudly trans is beautiful, but because this was the best TPB for me on a personal level specifically due to two fellow trans women I met

I want to give a special mention to both Patricia & Dee who I met at Trans Pride Brighton as they were both were really sweet by simply being welcoming of me, with being autistic & physically disabled I’ve often found it hard to socially connect with people at events such as TPB & often found people who I thought would be friendly towards me not actually being very welcoming of me at all, so yeah it meant a lot there were people at TPB wanting to know me & who I also discovered really value the stuff I write. Patricia is the chief organiser of the trans group I’ve more often than not marched with in the Pride London parade, though we’ve only recently become far more friendly to one another & I’ve discovered that despite various political differences Patricia is one of the sweetest trans women I’ve ever met, I also discovered that despite our political differences Patricia has been moved to tears by some of the articles I’ve written of late. Dee I met for the first time at TPB 2019, I actually thought she was going to ask for my autograph as she really did come over as something of a mega fan of my whole ‘don’t give a fuck’ style of writing, she was definitely expressing a great deal of praise about me as a writer to her friends, I’m seriously blown the fuck away because usually I’m met with quite a bit of indifference about the stuff I write even from those who claim they ‘care’ about me.

As lovely as it might have been for Trans Pride Brighton to facilitate my ego being massaged & thus helping to make this the best TPB on a personal level, of far more importance is that organisers are saying overall this is the best TPB there’s been so far, there definitely appeared to be more people participating in the TPB parade along the Brighton seafront & there definitely were more attendees both trans & cis at the park event & the park was chock full stalls more then there’s previously been giving out info on all kinds of trans related stuff.

Well I’m pleased to report this year’s Trans Pride Brighton there was no attempt by terfy transphobic bigoted motherfuckers to spoil the event with some disruptive stunt to push their odious agenda of transphobic hate, though the bigoted motherfuckers have been getting their panties in a bind online about Green Party MP & former party leader Caroline Lucas having attended TPB. Caroline Lucas was indeed in attendance at this year’s TPB & it’s not the first she’s attended because as being the local MP she also steadfastly supports greater equality & social-justice for trans people & reiterated this in the awesome speech she gave when addressing those of us who were about to participate in the TPB parade along Brighton’s promenade, I’d expect nothing from Caroline because I’ve long known she’s fucking awesome!

Caroline Lucas at Trans Pride Brighton

Maybe it’s time terfy transphobic bigoted motherfuckers twigged they’re very much on the wrong side of history as they’ve lost their culture war against the trans community which was always was fucking asinine in the first place, because it’s not just Caroline Lucas or Jeremy Corbyn & MPs on the left of the political spectrum who support trans people’s wish to live free as their true selves & to do so without harassment for being their true selves. Maybe terfy transphobic bigoted motherfuckers ought to do the decent thing & fuck off & literally choked on their sour grapes, certainly time they realised their political friends aren’t to be found on the radical-left but on the far-right, as TERFs obsessive hatred of trans people & in particular of trans women has a great deal in common with the far-right & their brand of bigoted hate.

One thing which I took away from this year’s Trans Pride Brighton which gave me hope for the future was when talking to younger trans & non binary activists whilst marching in the TPB parade who like myself fear the increasing rise of the far-right & thus are very much dedicated to campaigning against the threat the far-right pose, good news to hear the future generation of trans activists are taking the threat which the far-right pose far more seriously as it’s been my experience in the recent past that those Guardian reading middle-class trans women who’ve tended to steer the direction of the trans community have been far too complacent about the threat which the far-right pose & thus have never been that willing to do anything to effectively campaign against the far-right.

The growth of Trans Pride Brighton from where it started in back in 2013 to the size it is in 2019 has been an astonishing success & I’m proud to have been part of it’s success, long may TPB grow & have increasing success in being able to raise awareness of the trans cause & to champion trans is beautiful! As long as terfy transphobic bigots have influence in the mainstream media, so long as the mainstream media continues to attack the trans community, so long as there are increasing physical assaults motivated by transphobic hate, so long as trans people aren’t receiving adequate healthcare, so long as the far-right pose a threat to there being diversity & tolerance of diversity, there will be a need for TPB.

About Time People In Northern Ireland Who Are LGBTQ Had The Same Equal Rights As People Who Are LGBTQ Have In The Rest Of The UK

MPs voted yesterday by 383 to 73 to extend same-sex-marriage to Northern Ireland which is the last major region of the UK where same-sex-marriage is not yet legal. So 73 MPs were prepared to prohibit gays & lesbians having marriage equality thus every last one of those 73 proving themselves homophobic bigots. Obviously amongst the 73 homophobic MPs who voted against extending same-sex-marriage to Northern Ireland were the parliamentary presence of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP). It shouldn’t be any surprise the DUP are homophobic bigots after all they’ve along history of sectarian bigotry, having been founded by infamous evangelical Christian hate-preacher Ian Paisley who would have thought the country of Gilead depicted in the Handmaid’s Tale was frigging paradise on earth, yeah well my response to the DUP voting against same-sex-marriage being extended to Northern Ireland is if they wish Northern Ireland to remain part of the United Kingdom as they dearly profess they want it to be then I suggest they adopt & respect those laws reinforcing LGBTQ equality which there are in the rest of the UK!

Journalist & television presenter Esther Rantzen said about a decade ago that people in Northern Ireland were ‘addicted to hate’, it’s certainly the one place in the UK in desperate need of a serious atheist enema because not only is Northern Ireland a place where there appears to be a tolerance for religious intolerance being rife but religious intolerance is fucking celebrated! Rather then every summer there being Pride parades in Northern Ireland celebrating peace, love & acceptance of diversity, people in Northern Ireland prefer to have parades celebrating sectarian bigotry & riots on the streets about a battle fought over 300 years ago. Protestant Orange Lodge type bigots will no doubt prove my point when it comes to sectarian bigotry because they’ll likely accuse me of being prejudice against them on the grounds I’m a Celtic F.C supporter thus I must be a Catholic sympathiser, regardless of the fact I’m an atheistic Jew & no friend of the Roman Catholic Church for all the heinous bullshit its been responsible for throughout the centuries, but yes I’m prejudice I’m prejudice against those who are prejudice against stuff people can’t help like being LGBTQ & if I did live in Northern Ireland I would vote Sinn Fein because as well as being economically socialist they unlike the DUP are fully support LGBTQ equality.

Ah but of course the sectarian & homophobic DUP bigots will say that same-sex-marriage goes against the word of their mystical sky daddy. Just as much as people being instructed what to do by fairies at the bottom of the garden doesn’t trump secular law nor does what’s written in some old crusty book which nutcase religious zealots reckon is the word of their make belief sky daddy. God, Allah, Yahweh or the Flying Spaghetti Monster ain’t real, but LGBTQ people are real & prohibiting them from having equality has a real impact upon their quality of life. Nobody is stopping anybody in Northern Ireland praying to whatever mystical entity they want just prohibiting the belief in some mystical entity as an excuse for bigotry towards the LGBTQ community (particularly state sponsored bigotry), which is how it should be in a modern secular liberal democracy.

Anyways before all us LGBTQ activists go woo-frigging-hoo about same-sex-marriage being extended to Northern Ireland, a word of caution because even though MPs voted overwhelmingly to extend same-sex-marriage to Northern Ireland, it’s as yet not going to be fully legal in Northern Ireland & might still not be due to legalities there are regarding the situation of the Northern Ireland Assembly, essentially the devolved Northern Ireland Assembly hasn’t sat in session since 2017 when the devolved power sharing government executive collapsed due to a bitter row between the DUP & Sinn Fein, if matters can’t be resolved by October 21st then there’ll be a return to direct rule from Westminster which certainly won’t be good for peace in Northern Ireland but it would mean same-sex-marriage automatically becoming legal in Northern Ireland, if however by October 21st the DUP & Sinn Fein manage to resolve their differences & there’s a return of the power sharing government in Northern Ireland then the issue of same-sex marriage would be a matter for the Northern Ireland Assembly to decide & as the DUP will have a majority of seats in the Assembly same-sex-marriage wouldn’t become legal in Northern Ireland.

Considering the amount of hate there appears to be rife in Northern Ireland, imposing same-sex-marriage wouldn’t be such a bad thing, not just because LGBTQ equality is a fundamental human right, but because all LGBTQ people in Northern Ireland want to do is the same as LGBTQ people want to do elsewhere which is to celebrate love one another & by enabling LGBTQ in Northern Ireland to celebrate love for one another it might help spread the love in a place where a great deal more love is sorely needed.

Does Labour & the Left Have An Issue With Not Only Pride in London But Generally With The LGBTQ Community?

With this past Saturday having been Pride in London & possibly in reaction to transphobes having disrupted the start of last year’s Pride in London parade to push their odious agenda of trans exclusion, Jeremy Corbyn authored an article for Pink News urging the rejection of transphobic campaigns. Being a trans woman who’s met Jeremy Corbyn on several occasions & spoken with him on those occasions about trans rights & knowing he has one the best (if not the best) voting records of any MP when it comes to trans issues, I’m certain he fully supports equality for trans people, but the same can’t be said sadly for a good proportion of those who appear to be his most hardcore supporters.

yours truly with Jeremy Corbyn

When I posted the article Jeremy had authored for Pink News speaking out against transphobic campaigns on various Facebook groups in support of Jeremy as Labour leader, well some of the responses included  ‘He didn’t write the article so it can’t be assumed these are actually his views’ & ‘transphobia comes from the right so I really hope he is not taken in by the reframing of feminism as transphobia’ & other more extreme transphobic TERF type bullshit hate, I don’t know if any of those posting this shite are actual paid up Labour Party members, because despite Labour in the past year having expelled a number of transphobic activists. Labour still have an issue with transphobia amongst it’s ranks probably greater then there’s an issue with antisemitism. Unlike with antisemitism where there’s some ambiguity because people conflate legitimate criticism of the Israeli government with actual hatred of Jewish people, with transphobia its pretty black & white, if you deny the gender identity of any trans woman & deny them equal rights with any cis woman then you are being transphobic, plus if you are prepared to deny equality to trans women & trans people in general then you are in fact going against the principles which Labour have long espouse, but the nastiness there’s been within Labour hasn’t in fact surprised me as over years I’ve become increasingly aware of the lack of support with there is with the hard left when it comes to the concerns of LGBTQ people & in particular criticism of Pride in London.

I can’t say that the criticisms of Pride in London having become ‘too commercialised & corporate’ is necessarily a disguised homophobic/transphobic agenda as I’ve heard plenty of criticism of Pride in London having become too corporate from LGBTQ activists on the left of the political spectrum, Peter Tatchell has certainly been one prominent LGBTQ activist on the political left who’s been extremely vocal in protesting that Pride’s political message is being lost due to all the commercialisation & corporate sponsorship there’s now associated with Pride in London. Having attended Pride in London now for many years, I’ve seen the increasing corporate involvement in the event with Apple, Facebook, Barclays, Sainsbury’s & even the housing association who are my landlord having floats in the parade going through the streets of London, but it’s that corporate sponsorship which keeps Pride free for me & every other LGBTQ activist who does have a political message to march in the parade.

It’s not as if I don’t sympathise with some of the anticapitalist criticisms against Pride in London, the main argument being it’s all very well for tech giants such as Facebook, Apple & Amazon being socially progressive in publicly supporting LGBTQ friendly, but these companies dodge paying corporation tax in UK & any other taxes they should be paying. Of course the likes of Amazon & Apple & whichever other major corporation should be forced to pay the taxes they ought to be paying if they want to trade in this country, as its unfair to small & medium sized businesses as well as a detriment to society as a whole, but this doesn’t take away from the fact the likes of Apple & Amazon are prepared to be seen to support LGBTQ Pride events, would you rather those corporations weren’t LGBTQ friendly & supportive of the LGBTQ community?

I can remember a time when it was perfectly legal for a company to sack an employee for being LGBTQ & I don’t particularly want to back that kind bullshit which leads me onto the criticism lefties who are far more cynical have against Pride in London, this being various corporations support Pride in London as it’s a means of free advertising by having a float plastered with their corporate logo in the parade traversing the streets of the capital yet if you delved a bit deeper into how these companies actually treat their employees you’d likely find these companies aren’t as LGBTQ friendly as they’d like us to believe, hey I’m not going to deny that some of those same corporations who have floats in the Pride in London parade aren’t as LGBTQ friendly as they’d like you to believe & if there are corporations who are pledging support for LGBTQ Pride but are still treating LGBTQ employees like shit for being LGBTQ then this definitely needs to be exposed & opposed.

It’s a misnomer that corporations get ‘free advertising’ by having a float in the Pride in London parade plastered in their corporate logo, they actually have to pay to have a float in the parade & their contributions ensure I & other trans members of the LGBTQ community get to march in the Pride in London parade for free & thus trans people get the opportunity to promote the need for greater trans equality for free & there is definitely a need to be promoting greater trans equality & I nor any trans activist is going to turn down such an opportunity, ah but the hard left anticapitalist argument here is its all very well corporate sponsorship of Pride in London helping trans people to campaign for justice & equality but what about those same corporations being unscrupulous & unethical in it’s business practices in the developing world by employing child labour & generally fucking up the environment & whatever other egregious bullshit, to which my response is if major corporations are up to no fucking good in the developing world is the same as above which is expose & oppose the fuckers.

It’s not just with Pride in London being too capitalistic which the hard left has an issue with, nor is it just with trans women because a number have been indoctrinated with transphobic rhetoric mistakenly thinking it’s ‘radical feminism’, my impression is it’s with the entire LGBTQ community & our struggle. My experience over the years since I came out as a trans woman & a lesbian, is the hard left aren’t in fact that supportive of the LGBTQ community, my conclusion as to why they’re not as supportive as you might think a political grouping who bangs on awful about equality would be is it’s maybe due the hard left view just about everything through the prism of class struggle & thus seem to view the LGBTQ community & our own struggle as the product of bourgeois vanity & decadence, or maybe it’s because LGBTQ issues cut across the class divide thus they’re Tory toffs who are LGBTQ & if you’re narrowminded enough to view everyfuckingthing through the prism of class struggle then you’re going to be all at sea when it comes to those issues which cut cross the class divide. Maybe the hard left haven’t been as supportive as they use to be of the LGBTQ community is due to there being greater LGBTQ acceptance there are LGBTQ people living more comfortable lives, maybe it’s because LGBTQ people aren’t screaming for the complete destruction of neoliberal-capitalist system, maybe it’s just because of residual homophobia/transphobia.

Yes the Labour Party needed to move to the left as Blairites were far too much in love with neoliberal-capitalism & neoliberal-capitalism hasn’t been serving the interests of the many, but the less I felt welcomed as a trans woman within the party the further the party travelled leftwards with not just tolerance for those espousing transphobic rhetoric but electing them to positions of influence & power within the party, the party wouldn’t tolerate racists so which it tolerating transphobes, well this once-upon-a-time paid up member of the Labour Party who voted for Jeremy Corbyn to lead the party is now no longer a member, sure I’ll vote Labour at the next General Election but that’s only because I’m not a single issue voter & the Green Party have just as much of an issue with transphobic bigots amongst their membership.

Reflections On 2019’s Pride In London

Pride in London is the one day of the year where you get cheered on for being trans & that you get cheered on by hundreds of thousands lining the streets of the capital as you march in the Pride parade for being trans is an experience that’s exhilarating as feck, it’s the reason I’ve kept on marching year on year in the Pride in London parade since I came out as trans almost a decade ago, no matter year after year the increasing physical pain I feel from participating in the Pride in London parade. But it’s not just the personal exhilaration I feel from being cheered on as I walk through the streets of London for being trans as to why I’ll put up with the physical anguish I’m feeling right now despite having been chugging Tramadol as if they were smarties, I’m prepared to endure physical pain from marching around London on a humid Saturday afternoon to further trans visibility because it’s the least I can do when far too many trans women & trans men & gender-non-conforming people have suffered far worse for simply being visibly themselves

A reminder of the role trans people have played in the struggle for LGBTQ acceptance came at Pride in London with public address announcers on the route of the march with remembrance that this year is the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots & it was trans women who were central to instigating the Stonewall Riots, a reminder that trans women were central to the most significant event which led to the LGBTQ civil rights movement as we now know it & thus we were very much involved at the very inception of LGBTQ civil rights movement, we’ve always been part of the LGBTQ community & central to pushing for greater LGBTQ acceptance no matter how much TERF & truscum bigoted fucks attempt to rewrite history. Yes unfortunately there were TERF bigots at yesterday’s Pride in London parade, a group of TERF bigots did come running past the trans group I was marching with as we waited to set off on the parade shouting some bullshit about how this wasn’t our pride but theirs, yeah well we loudly told them in no uncertain terms to FUCK OFF!

yours truly at Pride in London

At least with 2019’s Pride in London there wasn’t a repeat of what happened last year when a group of TERF bigots hijacked the start of the parade to push their hatefully odious agenda of trans exclusion, instead this Pride in London was led with a lesbian group showing solidarity with trans sisters by marching with a #LwiththeT banner, an obvious attempt of Pride in London organisers to make amends. Though it was good move to have a lesbian group lead the Pride in London parade as misconceptions need be dispelled & the truth needs to be illustrated that the vast majority of cis lesbians do in fact support their trans sisters, an illustration that with the LGBTQ community there’s more which unites us then divides us, personally I would have still preferred if an out & out trans group had led the parade as a means to make a amends for last year as well as acknowledgement of the contribution trans people have made to the LGBTQ community with this being the year which marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots etc.

Lesbians showing solidarity with trans sisters lead the 2019 Pride in London parade

I’m not sure as to exact reason why Mermaids a trans charity which helps trans youth weren’t at the front of this year’s Pride in London parade because it would have been fitting as it would have shown solidarity from Pride in London against the continuous attacks in the Tory press against Mermaids for daring to actually help & support trans kids, however Mermaids did have a presence further back in the parade & did make an impression with their presence.

I’m glad Mermaids were in attendance at this year’s Pride in London just as I’m glad of all the trans presence there was at this year’s Pride in London, trans visibility is so vital to the trans community gaining greater social-justice & didn’t hurt that TransPals whom I was marching with had a fuck off gigantic Trans Pride flag hehehe.

I actually want to close this article by giving special thanks to Patricia Curtis of TransPals as she far too much grief & not enough thanks for the work as a trans activist she does.

Here’s Hoping To See Trans People Come Out En Masse For Pride In London

I’ll most definitely be waving my Trans Pride flag tomorrow whilst marching in the annual Pride in London parade & I hope I’m one of many visible trans people who’ll be participating in London’s annual Pride parade or amongst the crowds lining the streets cheering the parade on because trans visibility at LGBT Pride events is so vital to the trans cause.

The Trans Pride flag being flown at Pride in London

The Stonewall Riots were the most significant event which led to the proliferation of Pride parades celebrating LGBTQ diversity in just about every major westernised city around the globe as part of the modern-day civil rights movement which all trans people living in the western world have benefited from. This of course marks the 50th anniversary since the Stonewall Riots & no matter what transphobic arseholes within the LGBTQ community resentful of trans inclusion might say or what transphobic enemies from outside the LGBTQ community might say in an attempt to either malign or blatantly erase trans involvement in the Stonewall Riots, the fact remains trans women were instrumental in the instigation of the Stonewall Riots, the likes of trans legend Jayne County along with notable trans women such as Marsha P Johnson were very much in the amidst of it all. Trans people have always been part of the LGBTQ civil rights movement from it’s very inception & as far as I’m concerned we should remain very much part of the LGBTQ movement, you don’t have to tell me there is hostility towards trans people coming from within the LGBTQ community, what with the whole #DropTheT bullshit campaign on social-media & that the majority of the most rabid transphobic bigots are lesbians (TERFs), I know from my experience of having sat on the national executive of LGBT Labour that trans concerns are more often than not overlooked by the rest of the LGBTQ community, but the answer isn’t to say fuck it & run away, to do so would achieve nothing as the trans community is simply not strong enough to stand alone, plus I along many trans women are very much very much LGBTQ as any other ‘bonafide’ member of the LGBTQ community as we are lesbians as well as trans women.

Considering the hostility there’s been from some individuals within the LGBTQ community towards trans people, considering a group of bigoted TERFs disrupted last year’s Pride in London parade to push their odious agenda of transphobic hate & the rumour there were Pride in London organisers complicit in helping TERFs disrupt last year’s Pride parade in the capital, I know there might be a substantial number of trans people who’ll be thinking of boycotting this year’s Pride in London, but I’d strongly urge them not to do so as that is exactly what transphobes want. I personally think it’s utter bollocks there were Pride in London organisers complicit in helping TERFs disrupt last year’s event, as a bunch of TERF bigots preaching hate is antithetical to the image peace & love & pride in LGBTQ diversity which Pride in London would want to convey. I actually strongly suspect the rumour about there were Pride in London organisers complicit in helping TERFs disrupt last year’s Pride event was in fact started by transphobes in an attempt to dissuade trans people to come to this year’s Pride event in London or any future Pride event in London, yeah well one should never give into bullies, trans people wouldn’t have accomplished as much as we have since the Stonewall riots in ’69 if we had kotowed to homophobic/transphobic motherfucking bullies & we won’t secure greater justice for ourselves unless we don’t stand steadfast & resolute in being out, loud & proud not only in being trans but in being LGBTQ

There’s more which unites lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender & genderqueer people then divides us, yes I’ve detailed some of the hostility towards trans people which I’ve witnessed from within the LGBTQ community, but let’s be honest this is coming in the main from a minute bigoted minority within a minority & the problem with rabid transphobes within the LGBTQ community is the same problem with all extremists of any stripe which they’ll shout the loudest thus get heard & go to the nth degree to make their point thus get publicity etc, the truth however is that 95% of the LGBTQ community are in fact onside when it comes to supporting trans people & very much of the mentality there’s more which unites us then divides us.

Despite the increase in people coming out as trans & this has obviously helped the growth of the trans community, we are still not a community which is strong enough to stand on its own in campaigning for better civil rights, equality & justice, we still need to align ourselves with the rest of the LGBTQ community, so if trans people aren’t visible at Pride events nor generally visible within LGBTQ community then its far harder to keep people within the LGBTQ community onside in supporting trans equality or combatting what hostility towards trans people there might happen to be. Of course trans women such as India Willoughby being uber conservative truscum fuckwits will always go out of their way to say they’re not part of the LGBTQ community & will frequently be publicly hostile towards the LGBTQ, encouraging hostility & division with the rest of the LGBTQ community really isn’t the way to go when campaigning for greater justice for trans people & greater respect for gender diversity, it’s in fact really fucking unhelpful as encouraging hostility & division with the rest of the LGBTQ community will just be returned in kind & that is certainly not what trans people need! Trans people have always been involved with the LGBTQ civil rights movement from it’s inception, the LGBTQ community are the most natural allies of the trans community & we need all the allies we can get right now, so fuck off India Willoughby & all other truscum bigots just fuck right off!

Fuck off truscum bigots, fuck of TERF bigots, I hope to see trans people & genderqueer people turn out en masse tomorrow at Pride in London showing we won’t be maligned or ignored, I hope to see trans people & genderqueer people turn out en masse tomorrow because being visible & being seen to be visible is one of the greatest strengths in furthering the trans cause.