Jo Swinson’s dismal election campaign was unlikely to have been helped by her inability to define the word woman. But if there are any lessons from Swinson’s ability to alienate people on the subject of gender, it seems Labour is determined not to learn them.
Rebecca Long-Bailey and Angela Rayner are vying to become leader and deputy leader of the Labour party. Yet like Swinson before them, both seem oblivious that the public has little time for extreme transgender ideology. As a result, Labour is lurching towards a crisis brought on by transgender campaigners whose demand for compliance is total. By creating a narrative that trans people like me are the most oppressed in society and might crumble should someone look at us the wrong way or, heaven forbid, overlook our “preferred pronouns”, they have ensnared the party. Senior Labour figures are so firmly under this spell that they have even opened up all-women shortlists to any male person who identifies as a woman.
- Accept the material reality that trans people are oppressed and discriminated against in British society, facing a rising risk of hate crime, and difficulty accessing public services, healthcare, housing and employment.
- Believe that trans liberation must be an objective of the Labour party, and that transphobia is antithetical to our collective aims.
- Commit to respecting trans people as their self-declared gender, and to ensure that the Labour party is an inclusive environment for trans people.
- Accept that trans women are women, trans men are men, and non-binary people are non-binary.
- Accept that there is no material conflict between trans rights and women’s rights, and that all trans women are subject to misogyny and patriarchal oppression.
- Listen to trans comrades on issues of transphobia and transmisogyny, allowing trans people to lead the way on our own liberation.