Jess has posted a link to a piece in Pink News about the launch of a Conservative party website called LGBTory. The implication being that it (the LGBTory site, not Jess’ post nor the Pink News article) is about the Conservative Party’s support for LGBT people.
The ‘T’ is quite clearly not for ‘Trans’. Note that the Pink News article doesn’t use any trans* terminology anywhere. Neither do the Conservative or Labour spokespeople in that piece. Nor does Anastasia Beaumont-Bott (Director and co-founder of LGBTory) in her blog.
And the LGBTory blog itself makes it clear that they don’t even understand the term. Talking about “breaking down the barriers of sexuality” makes that crystal clear. How many times?- sexual orientation is about who you go to bed with – gender identity is about who you go to bed as.
And from LGBT Labour’s site: “Labour legislated to protect LGB people against discrimination in good and services with no exceptions”. That’s ‘LGBT’ spelt ‘LGB’. The ‘T’ is silent. Invisible, in fact. Very apt.
I’m weary of politicians tokenising trans* people merely to gain credibility. If they’re not prepared to engage with us and listen to what we say – and incorporate that in meaningful policies which we can be sure will be implemented, then would they kindly leave us alone. We’re quite capable of surviving without their cynical use of us for publicity with no practical support beyond the headline-grabbing stuff. We are not here to provide material for T-shirt slogans.
At least Stonewall are honest that they don’t represent us – the slogan at the head of their site simply reads “Equality & Justice for Lesbians, Gay Men & Bisexuals”.
Pride? What have any of them got to be proud about? They should be ashamed.
Now I’m really cross.
Later edit: Interesting to note that an LGBTory supporter has threadjacked the comments on the TFW post to focus entirely on LGB topics. And so, once again, trans people are Othered by those who profess to be our supporters. I know it’s not my post, and I have no business criticising – but I do feel rather disillusioned by it, particularly when the original post asked a specifically trans related question: “What to say about the name and logo of the Conservative Party’s group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, but presumably not trans members?”
If this is how LGBTory handle trans* issues in an informal blog-based setting, it leaves me with the impression that, despite their protestations, they really don’t give a flying one about trans* people. We’re too few in number and already too marginalised to be worth worrying about. LGB issues are Teh Sexayyy -but trans issues? Oh just ignore them, they’ll go away.
©2008 Helen G