Brendan O’Neill Brendan O’Neill

The nasty side of Pride

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For a month that’s supposed to be all about love and acceptance, Pride has a pretty nasty streak. Maybe that’s what one of the mysterious colours on its indecipherable flag represents: the cruelty community.

Consider Oxfam’s Pride animation, which it tweeted out earlier this week. Alongside all the usual Pride platitudes – we must love and respect LGBTQIA+ people, the cartoon characters say – the video went in for some Terf-bashing too.

If Pride is about love, why does it feel so intimidating?

‘Terf’ stands for ‘trans-exclusionary radical feminist’, but really it means ‘witch’.

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