Lesbians stand by trans women in open letter after 'dangerous' BBC article

Lesbians defended transgender women on social media Wednesday after the BBC published an article that many critics said was “dangerous“Claims that all transgender women have been portrayed as sexual predators.

The article published on Tuesday is titled “We Are Pushed To Have Sex By Some Trans Women”. It quotes about half a dozen lesbians – including three who have pseudonyms and three figureheads from groups spreading anti-trans messages like the LGB Alliance and Get The L Out – who say that cisgender lesbians are being pressured Avoiding trans women fear that they will be criticized as transphobic. One woman said a trans woman pushed her into penetrative sex.

The article was widely criticized on the Internet and denounced by tens of thousands of cisgender women, including many self-proclaimed lesbians, under the hashtag #CisWithTheT created by Max Morgan, an LGBTQ activist and podcaster (cisgender refers to someone who identifies with the gender assigned to them at birth).

“I’m a cis lesbian and I’m so sick of seeing people who normally don’t care about lesbian rights (and who are downright homophobic) tweet #IStandWithLesbians for claiming that all trans people are predators are “says one person wrote on twitter. “Your bigotry is not progressive. #CisWithTheT ”

The BBC has confessed the item, said it had gone through a “rigorous editorial process”.

“The article looks at a complex topic from multiple perspectives and recognizes that it is difficult to gauge the extent of the problem,” a BBC spokesman said in an email to NBC News. “It contains testimony from a number of different sources and provides appropriate context. It went through our strict editorial processes. It is important that journalism deals with topics – even where there are strong positions. The BBC is here to ensure a debate and to ensure that a wide range of voices are heard. “

Although many of the critics confirmed the experience of the woman who said she was attacked, they noted that the BBC article attempts to “arm” her story against all trans women.

“Some more lesbians talk about trans rights … the reality the BBC is desperate to cover up in order to demonize trans women and infantilize cis women and turn them into weapons,” another person wrote alongside a video of lesbians defending trans women.

Some cis women also criticized the article for trying to speak for all lesbians.

“Cis lesbian here; I’m not threatened by trans women who use feminine spaces (where they belong) or the term ‘lesbian'”, another woman wrote. “What I / am / am threatened with is that people constantly use me against my trans sisters and monitor gender nonconformity.”

Linda Riley, founder of Lesbian Visibility Week and editor of diva, a magazine for LGBTQ women since 1994, wrote on Twitter that in all of its years in which it was published, I have never heard of a lesbian who says she was pressured to have sex with a trans woman .

She added that the BBC was “reinforcing myths that just aren’t true”.

Many argued that the BBC did not have “a wide range of votes” and instead put well-known anti-trans groups on the platform and cited a poll that was against the BBC’s own editorial guidelines.

The survey, by Get the L out – a group of lesbian activists campaigning to separate the “L” from the acronym “LGBTQ” for opposing transgender rights – found that 56 percent of lesbian respondents said they had been pressured or coerced be accepting a trans woman as a sexual partner, although critics noted that the sample size was only 80 people. The BBC’s guidelines state that it should not report self-selecting questionnaires in such a way that “our viewers think they are more robust than they are”.

“If they have no statistical value and only seem to have been promoted to generate attention for a particular cause or publication, we should be genuinely skeptical and consider not using them at all, especially when the subject is serious or controversial acts. ”specify the guidelines. Critics say Get the L Out conducted the poll to support an anti-trans agenda. The BBC did not express any criticism that the study violated its editorial guidelines.

Many Even pointed out that the Survey methodology states that it was disseminated in “women only and lesbian only” on social media, which means that the sample apparently only included people who are already against accepting trans women into women and lesbian rooms.

Trans Activism UK, a grassroots group for transgender rights, wrote an open letter to the BBC – which it noted is funded by taxpayers – with a request to apologize for the “dangerous” article and to amend it “to clear up the falsehoods and harm it contains”. As of Thursday, the letter had received more than 16,000 signatures.

The BBC written an article via Thursday’s open letter but there was no apology or additional comment.

Laura Kate Dale, a 30-year-old writer, activist, writer and member of Trans Activism UK, said the BBC’s statement in defense of the article was “ridiculous”.

“It is not a ‘protective debate’ if you let anti-trans groups uncritically present their side unchallenged,” she said. “Hatred of platforms is not impartial.”

She noted that the article didn’t even quote a transgender woman in community defense, or any cisgender lesbian attracted to or dated trans women.

“Undoubtedly, this will lead to more hatred and violence against the transgender community, in this case particularly against trans women,” said Dale. She added that trans women were regularly demonized without evidence as “potential rapists and perverts” – much like gays and lesbians were in the 1980s.

Dale said the BBC did history of quote anti-trans People and Organizations uncritical in the last couple years. (Some BBC journalists have was also criticized for using anti-trans speech.)

“Trans people are the latest victim in an ongoing problem we’ve had for decades where the media and news outlets are deciding that a minority group is the currently acceptable villain that can be treated in pieces that generate outrageous views,” she said . “From gays portrayed as bathroom robbers to Muslims post-11th It’s okay to pick a group and label them villainous based on unfounded public fears or isolated examples applied to everyone.”

Dale said Trans Activism UK plans to send an official complaint to the BBC along with the open letter on Friday. Then, on January 8th, she and other members of Trans Activism UK plan to organize a protest outside the BBC’s London headquarters. She said other unaffiliated groups would also protest outside BBC buildings in other cities that day.

“We really hope that the allies who appeared this week to sign this open letter will also show up in person to protest the BBC’s treatment and coverage of the trans community in general outside of this article, as it is unlikely to be so going to be a problem very soon, “she said.

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