Survey results from Labour Together reported in today’s Observer by Michael Savage, (that Labour members back ending of support for self-identification and broadly share views of public on gender recognition) confirm that LWD actually speaks on behalf of the mainstream majority of Labour members and voters.
Our Declaration broadly reflects the party’s front bench positions and the views of the majority of voters, including Labour voters. And now this survey has shown what we all suspected: Labour members, contrary to myth, are also sex realists.
The years of Stonewall’s stranglehold over the party’s policies on sex and gender, and insistence on no debate have been grim for women, and lesbians in particular.
But it’s now clear that their anti-woman, anti-gay and anti-lesbian positions are not shared by the public or by Labour members.
We welcomed the party’s recent policy shift away from gender self-ID and towards renewed support for the single-sex exceptions, but it hasn’t yet been followed up with rational and fair policy positions on other key issues, including the Conversion Practices Ban or the need to define sex in the Equality Act.
We take issue with the wording of Labour Together’s question in relation to the members’ response to the party’s policy shift. It conflates two separate issues, i.e. the move away from self-ID, with the suggestion that the number of doctors involved in the diagnosis is reduced from two to one. However, the response still makes it clear that party members, along with UK voters, agree with the retention of the gatekeeping of a medical diagnosis.
There are still pockets of Labour staff and politicians who cling to Stonewall’s discredited sex-denialism. And there are very many Labour politicians who know that sex is real but still don’t speak out because of the years of abuse from some misogynists in the party and because of misplaced concerns about pushback from transgender identity activists in the party. We call on these politicians to take heart from this member survey, to cease fearing these paper tigers and to speak freely.
We are the many. Our time has come.
With thanks to Mohamed Hasan for image used with this statement