During Saturday’s Pride celebrations in London an anti-trans group of eight lesbians and feminists pushed their way through to the beginning of the march which was supposed to have been headed by London mayor Sadiq Khan.
Pride in London allowed the group to stay because of concerns over safety and the hot weather, but moved them far away from the main body of the march
Neither the police nor security intervened.
The group, Get the L Out, carried placards with messages such as “transactivists erase lesbians”, and in a statement said: “We protested to protect our rights and on behalf of all the lesbians intimidated, threatened and silenced by the GBT community everywhere.
“The GBT community today, by supporting the rights of males who ‘identify as lesbians’ (also called ‘transwomen’) over the rights of lesbians to choose their sexual partners (on the basis of their sex, not how they ‘identify’) is in fact enforcing heterosexuality on lesbians.
“This is a misogynistic and anti-lesbian manifestation of the rape culture we live in.”
Pride in later apologised for allowing the group to remain, and that their protest showed a “level of bigotry, ignorance and hate that is unacceptable”.
“We reject what this group stands for. They do not share our values, which are about inclusion and respect and support for the most marginalised parts of our community.
“We are proud of our trans volunteers, proud of the trans groups that are in our parade, proud of our trans speakers at events and proud of the trans people who take part in our campaigns and proud of those who cheered even louder for them yesterday.
“Sadly we could not forcibly remove the group as their protest was not a criminal offence. They demanded to march behind the rainbow flag, which marks the official start of our parade. We did not allow that as we did not want to legitimise them or their message,” it said.
“We moved them to an area far in front of the official parade start to separate them. We are looking at what we could do differently if something like this happens again.”
This year’s Pride in London parade saw almost 30,000 people from almost 500 LGBT+ groups taking part and it is estimated that over one million spectators lined the roads of central London to see the parade pass by.