Lesbian Visibility at London Pride 2018

 

A group of lesbians and allies (8 in the parade and 2 on the side) marched uninvited in front of Pride in London (07/07/2018).

We carried banners saying: « Lesbian not queer », « Transactivism erases lesbians », « Lesbian = female homosexual ». At the start of the parade, we jumped in from the side and when we were incited to walk faster, some of us decided to lie down on the floor for several minutes. We then finished our action by opening the march until the end of the route.

We chanted slogans such as: « Get the L out of Pride », « Lesbian not queer », « Dykes not dicks », « LGBT doesn’t speak for me ».

 

 

credit to Pam Isherwood for the pictures

 

Three lesbian radical feminists organised the action, and were joined by a few individual lesbians and feminists. The action also got support from feminist groups (Object!, Mayday4Women, Critical Sisters, Lesbian Rights Alliance). After the action, #GetTheLOut became Get The L Out, an autonomous activist group.

 

We also handed out flyers:

 

 

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All participants were doxxed (names and some workplaces were published on malicious transactivist Twitter accounts), and one of us (Janice Williams) was the target of a witch hunt at her worplace, Humanists UK.