Further to my numerous previous posts on the subject, I see that Roz K has received a response from Stephen Whittle over at her LJ, about the position of PFC in relation to the numerous doubts expressed by some trans people regarding Stonewall’s position on transphobia. You can read the full response over at Roz’ place, but I want to talk about Stephen’s penultimate paragraph:
I cannot answer any more for what happened in PFC about the Bindel protest; I have tried to explain the position as best I can. We did not all agree with each other, as one might expect, but we are democratic within our workings. I would hope everyone would wish us to be so. I think we were all very pleased to see the success of the protest, and if work commitments and other issues had not prevented me from attending, I would have been there, as all PFC VP’s were free to do so. Unfortunately only one of us lives in London, and 3 of us are disabled, so such events are very hard for us to attend, with health often being the final factor.
My reading of this is that there are some people within PFC (“campaigning for respect and equality for ALL trans people”) who agree with Stonewall’s nomination of a transphobe for an award. Which is cause for concern in itself, but to then apparently suggest that it’s okay because PFC is “democratic within our workings” is, in my opinion, no different from liberal feminists saying that transphobic attitudes within certain feminist groups are equally okay, because they illustrate the diversity of feminism.
Well, no, I’m sorry, but it isn’t okay; it’s not okay at all. Because it suggests that there are some people at PFC who apparently think it’s okay to give someone an award for holding transphobic views, and that there are other people at PFC – who should know better, and are in a position to tackle the transphobe supporters in their midst – who don’t seem to be doing anything about it.
ETA, 1 December 2008: Tracy Dean, a VP of PFC, has announced that she’s leaving PFC “to concentrate on my own campaigning work“.
Previous, related posts on this blog:
- Bread and circuses, tea and cake… (November 13, 2008)
- o hai (November 12, 2008)
- Tonight we’re going to party like it’s 1985 (November 9, 2008)
- Stonewall was a riot (November 6, 2008)
- Stonewall awards protest (November 5, 2008)
- Julie Bindel’s statement (November 1, 2008)
- Stonewall UK, celebrity journalists and GLB transphobia (October 19, 2008)
- Transphobe Bindel Nominated as Stonewall’s Journalist of the Year (October 14, 2008)