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Transphobia within the LGBT movement

Much has been written about transphobia within the UK LGB movement, with particular attention focused on Stonewall and Julie Bindel, but the problem is an international one as Aleisha Cuff reports from Vancouver in Man Count.  It’s worth remembering that Vancouver was the site of the Kimberly Nixon court case that seems to lie at the root of Julie Bindel’s animosity and some of the comments to the article pick up on some specifics of that case.

One thing Aleisha said particularly caught my eye as it seemed to sum up the issue rather neatly:

Trans women are in a tremendously difficult position: if we’re too feminine we’re acting as sexist caricatures, whereas if we’re too masculine that just proves we’re not women in the first place. If we speak up, we’re aggressively grabbing the microphone, and if we don’t we’re supporting the premise that women are meek and submissive.

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Ben Summerskill gets OBE

After the fuss with Stonewall and Julie Bindel’s award nomination earlier in the year, it was disappointing to see that Ben Summerskill was awarded an OBE. In general I’m in favour of champions of diversity getting an OBE but as Stonewall has never apologised for the deep offence they caused to many in the trans community the timing of Summerskill’s OBE is poor as it looks as though the Government has endorsed transphobia.

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Interview with Miss Bindel

Those wanting to decide for themselves whether Ms Bindell has moderated her views since the 2004 Guardian article, may want to listen to this podcast of an interview by Christine Burns.

http://podcast.plain-sense.co.uk/2008/10/17/lunch-with-julie-bindel

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