The transphobes who hijacked London Pride are seeing their ‘bigotry’ backfire in a big way

Image from London Pride 2018 - a banner reads #Pride For Everyone
John Shafthauer

On Saturday 7 July, the London Pride march was hijacked by a small group of lesbians with a transphobic agenda. They claimed to be protecting lesbian identity from transgender people. Far from helping their agenda, though, it’s led to a backlash from other lesbians who want nothing to do with them.

Pride and prejudice

Pink News reports that a group of roughly 10 anti-transgender protestors hijacked the march. They did so by pushing their way to the front and lying down until they were given permission to lead the demo. One person who supported the protestors tweeted an image of it:

The organisers of Pride gave into the demands of these protesters and allowed them to lead the march. The organisers later claimed to “not condone” the group, but earlier said:

We are pleased that the parade set off as planned and that hundreds of thousands of Londoners are demonstrating that Pride still matters.

The protesters were handing out this leaflet as they marched:

The protest is backfiring, though. Namely, because many lesbians have come out to say these people do not speak for them.

#LwiththeT

The protesters were using the hashtag #GetTheLOut on social media. If you look at it now, it’s been hijacked by lesbians taking issue with the campaign:

https://twitter.com/MuslimMissWorld/status/1015713300380700672

Although there are still supporters too:

The lesbians who are standing against #GetTheLOut have also started a hashtag of their own – one that seeks to spread a positive message. The hashtag is #LwiththeT, and it’s showing that many lesbians in the LGBTQ+ community want solidarity – not division:

LGBTQ+

LGBTQ+ stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Queer (with the + alluding to intersex people and others). The point of this grouping isn’t that LGBTQ+ people are one amorphous group; it’s that they face similar challenges. By coming together in solidarity, LGBTQ+ people have been able to push for their rights with a strength they wouldn’t have had alone. And the people trying to chop the T from LGBQ+ are finding out that many lesbians won’t stand for what they see as bigotry – especially when it comes from their own community.

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