Julie Burchill Julie Burchill

Do the police think ‘lesbian’ is a term of abuse?

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Reading that a 16-year-old autistic girl had been dragged from her home by seven cops after reportedly saying a female officer looked like ‘a lesbian like nana’, I had to check that we weren’t back in the 1970s of my girlhood when ‘lezzer’ was the worst thing you could call a woman.

Once again we are faced with the proof that wokeness, far from being ‘kind’, is often just a shiny new way to bully people

Yet here are the coppers going all Life on Mars on some poor neuro-divergent kiddy – who also suffers from spinal disability scoliosis – in her Leeds home after (irony of ironies) she was driven home by police officers attending a gay pride celebration. So far, so woke – but things turned non-inclusive when the young person made an apparently harmless comparison to her grandmother. She was then removed by aforesaid seven West Yorkshire police officers in the early hours, having been arrested on suspicion of ‘homophobic public order offence’ – in her own home, in front of her own mother, who begged the police to leave her alone, pleading ‘you’re going to remove her for what? She said the word lesbian? Her nana is a lesbian, she’s married to a woman. She’s not homophobic.’

If something sums up the shockingly bad state of modern policing, it’s this bizarre incident. I don’t know if the PC in question is a lesbian or not, but why on earth would a modern police-person take offence at this, considering their passionate championing of homosexuality in recent years? Or was it window-dressing all along – and could it be that when not sucking up to transvestites, the police are just as bigoted as they ever were? What a multitude of sins cross-dressing can cover.

Is it that ‘lesbian’ is now a dirty word again, being one of those shrinking parts of life kept solely for women, while dirty great men trample over everything else that was ours, from toilets to trophies? It’s a sad fact that the word has been ditched by those with the most claim to it and who could be most inspired by its history – young lesbians who prefer to be acceptably ‘queer’.

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