Queer Spice Girls fans gutted by Geri’s pics with Tory MPs with poor records on LGBTQ+ rights… but the left aren’t much better
We were all so chuffed as the Lionesses won the Euros 22 last weekend! Sadly at the very same momentous match, Geri Horner was having love-ins with some of the Tory party’s most prominent ‘gender critical’ MPs.
The main culprit in this scenario is Nadine Dorries who, as well as being Boris Johnson’s lap dog, also happens to be the Culture Secretary (not for long, we hope) who voted AGAINST gay marriage back in 2013 and has recently jumped both feet first onto the gender critical bandwagon.
Admittedly Dorries has claimed voting against gay marriage in 2013 was a mistake but both her and Liz Truss have used anti-trans rhetoric with the latter looking like she might become the next UK Prime Minister.
It’s a tricky thing and when even former Tory leadership challenger Penny Mordaunt thought it was necessary to backtrack on her previous inclusive language, it’s clear that the party thinks that coming across negatively on LGBTQ+ issues won’t hurt them at the polls.
But it isn’t just the Tories who are up to these sorts of shenanigans. Despite the fact that the Shadow Equalities Minister Taiwo Owatemi made a solid case for trans rights and Deputy Leader Angela Rayner gave the most perfect impassioned speech recently on the matter, they are part of a larger party that don’t necessarily agree.
It’s clearly another party divided as the MP Rosie Duffield, a bonafide ally of the LGB Alliance, signed a letter along with a slew of other Labour MPs and Lords supporting the Labour Women’s Declaration (LWD) which forwards “women’s sex based rights” directly in opposition to trans rights reforms.
Both the LWD and the LGB Alliance have had their requests refused to have a stand at the Labour Party Conference much to their supporter’s chagrin.
At the end of the day, it’s clear that LGBTQ+ rights have become mired in ‘identity politics’ whether it’s from the right or the left and there’s only one loser in this. US. Suffice to say, we seem to have gone BACKWARDS this fight of late and it’s trans people who simply want to live their true selves that are getting the brunt of it.