Not in our name

Lesbian, bi and queer media unite to send a message of solidarity to the trans community


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Following further vitriolic attacks on trans people in our media, the world’s leading publications for lesbians are coming together to send an unapologetic message of support and solidarity to the trans community.

 

DIVA, Curve, Autostraddle, LOTL, TaggLez Spread The WordDapperQ and GO Magazine believe that trans women are women and that trans people belong in our community. We do not think supporting trans women erases our lesbian identities; rather we are enriched by trans friends and lovers, parents, children, colleagues and siblings.

 

We strongly condemn writers and editors who seek to foster division and hate within the LGBTQI community with trans misogynistic content, and who believe “lesbian” is an identity for them alone to define. We condemn male-owned media companies who profit from the traffic generated by these controversies. 

 

We also strongly condemn the current narrative peddled by some feminists, painting trans people as bullies and aggressors – one which reinforces transphobia and which must be challenged so that feminism can move forward.

 

We are really concerned about the message these so-called lesbian publications are sending to trans women and to young lesbians – including trans lesbians – and we want to make in clear this is not in our name.

 

As the leading publications for queer women, we believe it is our responsibility to call out scaremongering conspiracy theories levelled at the trans community, and make it clear that DIVA, Curve, Autostraddle, LOTL, TaggLez Spread The WordDapperQ and GO Magazine will always be safe spaces for the trans community.  

 

Forty years ago, to be a lesbian was to be questioned and persecuted. Today things are better for cis lesbians but there are still places where to be a lesbian is impossible.

 

So it is for trans men and women, as well as non-binary people, many of whom identify as lesbian, bisexual, gay or queer. We know something of these struggles. And just as they and other allies have supported us, so we must support those among us who are trans, or risk ending up on the wrong side of history.

 

The sooner we stop focussing on what divides us and instead focus on our commonalities, the stronger we will be to confront the other injustices imposed on us.

 

We won’t be divided.

 

Signed…

 

Carrie Lyell

Editor, DIVA magazine

 

Linda Riley

Publisher, DIVA magazine

 

Riese Bernard

Co-founder and editor-in-chief, Autostraddle

 

Merryn Johns 

Editor, Curve 

 

Silke Bader

Publisher, Curve and LOTL

 

Eboné F. Bell

Editor-in-chief, Tagg Magazine

 

Florence Gagnon

Founder and publisher, Lez Spread The Word

 

Anita Dolce Vita

Editor-in-chief, DapperQ

 

Amy Lesser

Editor-in-chief, GO Magazine

 

Dayna Troisi and Corinne Werder

Co-managing editors, GO Magazine

 

Zara Barrie

Senior writer, GO Magazine

 

 

UPDATE: This article was updated on Friday 21 December to include new signatories DapperQ and GO Magazine

 

Only reading DIVA online? You're missing out. For more news, reviews and commentary, check out the latest issue. It's pretty badass, if we do say so ourselves.

 

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