Open Letter to Stonewall

Open Letter to Stonewall

Dear Ruth Hunt
Remove the L from LGBT

We demand that Stonewall removes lesbians from the list of groups you claim to represent as a national LGBT organisation. Since its foundation, Stonewall has rarely represented our interests. Now, in your single-minded campaign to promote the trans political and ideological agenda, you not only fail to represent us, but you actually promote lesbian invisibility – and lesbian erasure.

Lesbians are biological women who are sexually attracted to, and have sexual and emotional relationships with other biological women, only. Being a lesbian is primarily about sexuality: it is a same-sex attraction. Stonewall no longer accepts this basic, socially-accepted definition of lesbians. In fact it defines homosexuality as ‘attraction to the same gender,’ not biological sex.

As a consequence you support the absurd idea that male-bodied persons can be lesbians, and you demand that they be accepted as such by actual lesbians. If we refuse to accept these men as lesbians you label us transphobes and “TERFs”, unleashing a torrent of hate speech upon us from your supporters.

The vast majority of biological males who self-identify as lesbians retain their penises. So Stonewall is not only promoting hate crime against lesbians, but imposing compulsory heterosexuality on lesbians.

Stonewall does not recognise or represent the many young women who reject conventional feminine stereotypes in appearance and sex roles, and who become lesbians at puberty. Instead you support the trans argument that many gender non-conforming lesbians must really be men, born with “male brains” in the “wrong body”.

This outdated definition of lesbians was first promoted by male sexologists at the end of the 19th century. It has now become the dominant narrative. In the absence of alternative information, young women are stigmatised and bullied into taking on a male identity, rather than being healthy young lesbians. As one young woman told the Lesbian Rights Alliance, ‘there was no one who looked like me or acted like me who I could turn to as a role model.’

In your support for trans ideology you are literally erasing young lesbians, telling them they must mutilate their own female bodies to impersonate men and appear to be heterosexual. In 2016-2017 female adolescents comprised over 70% of young people seeking to transition at the Gender Identity Development clinics, the majority of whom are attracted to their own sex.
In your educational programmes for schools you claim to address homophobic bullying, but none of your school materials represent gender non-conforming young lesbians.

For the few lesbians who have managed to escape lesbian conversion to trans and joined LBGT groups at college or university, they are often told that they should not use the term ‘lesbian’ since it is too ‘exclusive’. Instead they must define themselves as ‘queer,’ which means in practice that they must be open to having sexual relationships with men.

You also misrepresent the suicide statistics, claiming that young, transgender people are the most likely to attempt suicide. This is untrue: in fact young lesbians are the group most likely to attempt suicide, which is unsurprising, since they have become the most stigmatised group out of all LGB people.
According to your website, Stonewall has an income of over £7 million in 2018. You also support numerous LGBT groups and LGBT youth groups around the country. Women-only and lesbian-only space is crucially important to lesbians in the development of our lesbian lives and lesbian community. Yet as far as we are aware you have not supported a single lesbian-only youth group, or supported lesbian-only groups of any kind.

It is clear that being ‘stronger together’ in Stonewall does not include lesbians. So we urge you to stop claiming to represent us and leave the L out.

Yours
The Lesbian Rights Alliance

Lesbian Rights Alliance – signatories to Open letter to Stonewall

Lynne Harne (founder member – Lesbian Rights Alliance)

Elaine Hutton (founder member – Lesbian Rights Alliance)

Liane Timmermann

Julia Long

Anne Ruzylo

Georgia Constantinou

Zoi Lleshi

Sara Cohen

Linda Bellos OBE

Dawn Smith

Juliana Brustik

Sarah Masson (Get the L Out)

Angela C. Wild (Get the L Out)

Lauren Worth (Young London Lesbian Group)

Sheila Jeffreys, (Professorial Fellow, University of Melbourne)

Paula Boulton, (founder of Corby Women’s Centre, Lesbian Visibility 2000)

Val Dunn

Vivienne Roberts

Kathryn Nicholson

Anne Bardon

Olive Chapman

Krys Farrell

Alice Bondi

Lynn Alderson

Sue Leigh

Lee Nurse

Jacqueline Gullion

Maureen O’Hara

Sabine Ingeborg

Elizabeth Carola

Dr Tessa Bernstein

Sheida Pirouz

Mary Harper

Sarah Carlin

Jess Silverstone

Ellie Hollan

J. Gourley

Cllr. Louise Paine

Deborah Evans

Rebecca Heath

Annette Mckay

Jane Allen

Eve Sutafam

Jennifer Drew

Catherine Harper

Joy Vann

Daisy Jones

Cloud Taylor

Gerdien Baker

Barbara Hughes

May Mundt-Leach

Susan King

Julie Moss

Jane Hutton

Teresa Hope

Maggi Knowles

Toni Meredew

Lynne Keys

Marian Davis

Anne-Marie Speed

Ruth Todd

Vivien Care

Jennifer Cooper

Lin Harwood

Frances Gillard

Barbara Hartley

Jackie Mearns

Kate Graham

Helen Warwick

Heather Ford

Carol Smith

Katherine Cohn

Kathleen Richardson

Carole Reeves

Olivia Palmer

Isha Todd

Kate Coleman

Nic Mainwood

Sarah Stewart

Fatina Lisa

Joy Sturgess

Jill Leigh

Emma Thomas

Pam Isherwood

Charlotte Edwards

Louise Bond

Anna Rommel

Sharon Dixon

Margaret Page

Eliza Hayward

Nicola Shaw

Sandra McNeill

Jess Fleetham

Josephine Bartosch (Critical Sisters)

Jodie Wood

S. Sharkey

Magdalen Berns

Anne Mayne

Ceri Dyke

Kathryn Zoechild

 

Lesbian Allies

Stephanie Davies-Arai

Heather Brunskell-Evans

Ann Sinnott

Ruth Serwotka

Jayne Edgerton

Sas Payne

Nicola Kerry

Cathy Devine

Jacky Holyoake

R.Brueton

Abigail Elizabeth Rowland

Karen Broady

Emma Dolan

Bethany Pulman

Ali Bee

Dr Lesley Semmens

Julie Furlong

Emma Salmon

Diane Jones

Julie Armstrong

Hazel Turner-Lyons

Radha Burgess

Lynne Caffrey

Ann Morch

Kellie-Jay Keen-Minshull

Jilly Hickinbotham

Julian Vigo

Leonora Christina

Ruth Conlock

Dianne Vine

Emma Flynn

Sian Henry

Jan Pemberton

Catherine Muller

Jane Galloway

Eliza Self

Elizabeth Miln

Adele Williams (Women’s Voices Matter)

Darina Roche-Kiang

Tina Reynolds

Helen Watts

Amy Desir

Celia Wangler

Marion Calder

Emma Wilkes

Hannah Roberts

Hannah Thompson

Jeni Harvey

Julie Moss

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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