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Conversion therapy

The term “Conversion therapy” leads to multiple misunderstandings. After all, anything that sets out to “convert” someone is not therapy at all. Therapy should be neutral. Gay conversion therapy is a vile practice, largely outlawed in the UK, but practices persist in some pockets of religious intolerance.

That is why LGB Alliance supported the UK Government’s proposals to close any remaining loopholes and ban gay conversion therapy. The initial proposals added the word “transgender” to the proposals. The Government eventually dropped “transgender” from the proposals.

Our response to the consultation, submitted before this decision, explains why “transgender conversion therapy” is a misleading term and why we believe this is the right decision.

http://lgballiance.org.uk/2021/11/30/lgb-alliances-response-to-the-government-consultation-on-banning-conversion-therapy/

Lesbian erasure

Roughly three-quarters of teens referred to gender clinics in recent years are girls. Most of these girls are only attracted to other girls, and almost all the rest are bisexual. 

https://www.transgendertrend.com/surge-referral-rates-girls-tavistock-continues-rise/

https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/bjpsych-bulletin/article/sex-gender-and-gender-identity-a-reevaluation-of-the-evidence/76A3DC54F3BD91E8D631B93397698B1A

Some people with male anatomy refer to themselves as lesbians. They present themselves as such on lesbian websites. Lesbians are being prevented from having any spaces of their own. There is a conflict between the rights of lesbians and the demands of males who are self-identified “lesbians”. This sometimes leads to unacceptable pressure, known as the “cotton ceiling”.

 

 

Gay erasure

The worst example of gay and lesbian erasure worldwide is probably in Iran, where LGB people convicted of same-sex sex acts can escape punishment by undergoing sex-reassignment surgery.

https://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-29832690

But in conservative milieus in the West, some religious people proclaim their horror at the thought of a gay child while finding it more acceptable to believe their child is really the opposite sex. A prime example is the mother of Kai Shappley, who has become a poster child for the “trans kids” movement.

https://elizamondegreen.substack.com/p/conservative-parents-and-trans-kids?s=r

 

Puberty blockers

One of the issues that LGB Alliance has focused on is the risks associated with the medicalisation of teenagers. This is because most so-called “gender non-conforming” youth would outgrow their gender dysphoria and grow up to be LGB adults if not given drugs and surgery – with no need for harmful lifelong medication.

https://thevelvetchronicle.com/no-child-born-in-the-wrong-body/

A UK review conducted by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) graded the certainty of evidence for puberty blocker use as “very low” in every category:

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (2021). Evidence review: Gonadotrophin releasing hormone analogues for children and adolescents with gender dysphoria. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE); NHS England; NHS Improvement.

https://www.nice.org.uk/about/what-we-do/evidence-and-best-practice-resources/evidence-search/evidence-search-service-closure-information?id=2334888&returnUrl=search%3Fq%3Dtransgender%26s%3DDate

Thanks to Genspect and its StatsforGender.org

Video about Dutch Protocol (the guidelines that initiated the overuse of puberty blockers and became the international standard).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VHlkE40cFk

The misuse of science to promote puberty blockers:

https://twitter.com/twisterfilm/status/1222662489911058432?lang=en-GB

 

A chapter in an edited volume describes the way in which negative evidence for treatment pathways at the UK’s Gender Identity Development Service was “ignored or suppressed”:

Biggs, M. (2019). The Tavistock’s Experiment with Puberty Blockers. In: Moore, M. & Brunskell-Evans, H. (eds.). Inventing Transgender Children and Young People. Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

https://users.ox.ac.uk/~sfos0060/Biggs_ExperimentPubertyBlockers.pdf

 

LGB Athletes

LGB athletes performed superbly at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1425367012369477634.html

An area in which it is proving extremely difficult for gay male athletes to break through the wall of silence and discrimination is professional soccer:

https://mobile.twitter.com/ALLIANCELGB/status/1401060251697356801

 

Language

Everyone who reads and writes about issues of sex and gender should be aware that much of the controversy revolves around different definitions of words. 

The LGBTQ+ world in the UK – and much of the media – use the definitions given in the glossary on Stonewall’s website. They differ in several essential ways from the definitions used by LGB Alliance. Here are a few examples – more will be added over the coming weeks and months.

 

From Stonewall’s glossary/website

Positions of and definitions employed by LGB Alliance

Homosexual

This might be considered a more medical term used to describe someone who has a romantic and/or sexual orientation towards someone of the same gender. The term ‘gay’ is now more generally used.

The definition used by LGB Alliance, and in accordance with the protected characteristic of sexual orientation in the Equality Act 2010, is: Homosexual (or gay) means possessing a sexual orientation towards people of the same sex. In the case of women, the term “lesbian” is more common. Persons who are bisexual are attracted to people of both sexes.

Sex

Assigned to a person on the basis of primary sex characteristics (genitalia) and reproductive functions. Sometimes the terms ‘sex’ and ‘gender’ are interchanged to mean ‘male’ or ‘female’.

The sex of human beings, as in the case of all mammals, is either male or female. “Sex” is defined on the basis of reproductive anatomy. Sex is not assigned. It is observed either in utero or at birth.

Intersex

A term used to describe a person who may have the biological attributes of both sexes or whose biological attributes do not fit with societal assumptions about what constitutes male or female.

The word “intersex” is occasionally used to suggest that some people are neither male nor female, or both male and female. This is false. Most persons called “intersex” prefer other terms such as VSD (Variations of Sexual Development). VSDs are medical conditions and have nothing to do with “gender”. The vast majority of people with VSDs are clearly either male or female. Sex is unclear in a minuscule minority (approx. 0.018%) of people (for purposes of comparison, approx. 0.1% of people are born with six fingers). No one produces both large gametes (eggs) and small gametes (sperm). Sex is not a spectrum. For further information consult:

https://www.realityslaststand.com/p/sex-is-not-a-spectrum?s=r

Gender

Often expressed in terms of masculinity and femininity, gender is largely culturally determined and is assumed from the sex assigned at birth.

LGB Alliance avoids using the word “gender”, since it is used with such a wide variety of meanings in public discourse that its use sows confusion. We do of course accept that what may be called “gendered assumptions” are projected onto most boys and girls by society, propelling them to conform to certain sex-specific stereotypes. 

Gender identity

A person’s innate sense of their own gender, whether male, female or something else (see non-binary below), which may or may not correspond to the sex assigned at birth.

LGB Alliance considers “gender identity” a sexist concept based on traditional sex-based stereotypes. 

Trans

An umbrella term to describe people whose gender is not the same as, or does not sit comfortably with, the sex they were assigned at birth. Trans people may describe themselves using one or more of a wide variety of terms, including (but not limited to) transgender, transsexual, gender-queer (GQ), gender-fluid, non-binary, gender-variant, crossdresser, genderless, agender, nongender, third gender, bi-gender, trans man, trans woman, trans masculine, trans feminine and neutrois.

Since the definition of “trans” hinges on that of “gender”, and many people do not consider themselves to have a “gender” or “gender identity”, LGB Alliance defines “trans people” as “people who consider themselves, or are considered by other people, to be ‘trans’”.

 

Uganda

One of the countries in which LGB people experience severe discrimination, and have suffered greatly from the pernicious influence of homophobic right-wing Evangelicals from the United States, is Uganda.

Malcolm Clark has documented this discrimination and this influence in the highly informative Twitter threads he compiled for LGB Alliance

https://twitter.com/alliancelgb/status/1414554562267172871 

https://mobile.twitter.com/ALLIANCELGB/status/1410934520459714564

https://mobile.twitter.com/alliancelgb/status/1411826059213955074

 

Operating under the radar

LGB Alliance promotes freedom of speech. We believe important issues such as sex and gender must be debated openly in the public arena and in parliament, without anyone needing to fear violent threats, dismissal, no-platforming or loss of income.

Those who promote the demands of what is wrongly called the “trans lobby”, and should perhaps be referred to as the “gender identity lobby”, try to avoid public scrutiny.

In countries that introduced self-ID, such as Ireland and Canada, this approach was successful, and publicity was avoided. This approach – of operating below the radar – was recommended in what has become known as the Dentons Report, which was summarised in an article by James Kirkup.

https://www.iglyo.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/IGLYO_v3-1.pdf

https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/the-document-that-reveals-the-remarkable-tactics-of-trans-lobbyists

 

Suicide

Inaccurate statistics about the likelihood of suicide are used to justify the prescription of puberty blockers. LGB Alliance believes the publication of these false suicide statistics is highly irresponsible.

https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10508-022-02287-7

Many reports claim puberty blockers have been proven to reduce the risk of suicide but the methodology is almost always highly suspect. 

https://twitter.com/TwisterFilm/status/1482564869983510531

 

LGB Movies

We have frequently asked our Twitter followers to tell us their favourite LGB movies. If you search Twitter for the hashtag #LGBMovies you will find hundreds of suggestions!