There seems to be little room for disagreement regarding LGBT issues. One agrees with the cause or one is a bigot. Yet within the LGBT movement itself, an argument has actually been ongoing for decades–showing a small, but significant crack in LGBT solidarity.
Last week, eight lesbians demanded to lead the Pride parade in London to protest what they consider a trans invasion of their cause. After blocking the beginning of the parade with their bodies, organizers relented. The women endured the jeers of the crowd along the way but remained steadfast. To advance the trans movement, they say, is anti-lesbian and anti-woman.
“The addition of T to the LGBT has resulted in Lesbians being silenced and threatened, all women and girls to be at risk for our safety, and our interests to take a backseat to those of transgenderist males who co-opt our name and culture.”
They’re making a similar argument that many conservatives and Christians have made: “T [transgender] demands for access to women’s safe spaces puts ALL women and girls at risk since there is no objective way of assessing who is ‘genuinely transgender’ or not.”
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The rest of the LGBT community has pounced on this perceived betrayal by those who dare to step outside the accepted orthodoxy and pull the movement off message.
The controversy is a crack in the rails of a locomotive that has rolled through cities and nations appearing unstoppable. But, again, the crack has been there for some time.
Michelle Goldberg explained the seeds of the controversy four years ago:
“In this [the trans] view, gender is less an identity than a caste position. Anyone born a man retains male privilege in society; even if he chooses to live as a woman—and accept a correspondingly subordinate social position—the fact that he has a choice means that he can never understand what being a woman is really like. By extension, when trans women demand to be accepted as women they are simply exercising another form of male entitlement.”
One woman who says she is a feminist, not a lesbian and not a conservative or Christian, agrees that the trans movement is a “male sexual rights movement.”
“It’s already happening in the states, it’s already happening in Canada, and despite self ID not being law in the UK, it’s already happening here [in the UK], we have male rapists in female prisons, men taking jobs and places from women, men taking women’s sporting prizes, and men going into schools and teaching this balderdash to kids, and everyone is too afraid to tell them ‘no’.”
Not everyone. Even from within the ranks of the Trans community comes this from Jay–a transman (woman who identifies as a man) who’s been tormented by others for refusing to use hormones or have surgery:
“If you want to know how bad the Cult of Transgender has become, look up ‘truscum’ and ‘tucute’ on the internet and particularly on websites like Tumblr which is popular for teenagers. The transgender kids who identify as “truscum” regularly harass and bully people they see as ‘tucute’. Tucute is a derogatory term that these kids use against anyone they think is a fake transgender or ‘transtrender’. They bully people to the point of suicide.”
This message comes from the ranks of the LGBT community and from the ranks of those who support gay rights. These are people who know from experience, not simply principle. They are a voice of reason from a perspective that is neither conservative nor Christian. We are not alone.
They know, as we do, that there is a bridge too far. Can voices of reason prevail? Or will the locomotive run right over reason?
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