People some times confuse me with nice polite squishy liberals. I’m generally puzzled when they do and say something snarky like: It’s pretty obvious you don’t regularly read this blog.
Because if you regularly read this blog you are aware of my left wing/anarchistic leanings. I don’t go looking for fights but I don’t shy away from them and I believe in giving bullies and bigots the exact same treatment they dish out.
Indeed I consider an attack on me and my own kind a general call to arms.
I may be old and never much given to physical violence but I use my words as weapons.
Over the years I have watched as RadFem Thugs have attacked TS/TG people.
As long as they were content to have their little hate fest in the woods of Michigan I didn’t much give a shit.
But they have sided with the Christo-Fascists and the hard core right wing in their most recent attacks on TS/TG people. Spreading lies and interfering with political efforts on the part of TS/TG people to obtain the same rights and protections normborns take for granted.
This is unacceptable and they are acting like fascists.
I’m Anti-fascist. They want to attack my rights, then I will attack their right to discuss the denial of my rights in a pleasant environment.
I hereby applaud Conway Hall’s decision to deny RadFem2012 the use of their facilities as a meeting place to promote hatred and bigotry.
From Conway Hall: http://conwayhall.org.uk/statement-regarding-radfem-2012
Statement Regarding RadFem 2012
In consultation with the organisers of RadFem 2012 and our legal advisors, Conway Hall has decided not to allow the booking in July 2012 to proceed. This is because it does not conform to our Terms and Conditions for hiring rooms at Conway Hall. In addition, we are not satisfied it conforms with the Equality Act (2010), or reflects our ethos regarding issues of discrimination.
We had sought assurances that the organisers would allow access to all, in order to enable the event to proceed at the venue. We also expressed concern that particular speakers would need to be made aware that whilst welcoming progressive thinking and debate, Conway Hall seeks to uphold inclusivity in respect of both legal obligations and as a principle.
In the absence of the assurances we sought, the event in its proposed form could not proceed at Conway Hall.
That said, we recognise the breadth of debate to be had amongst the feminist and transgender communities and it is our sincere hope that there will be constructive and positive dialogue on these matters going forward.
In response to Sheila Jeffreys’ online Guardian article in their ‘Comment is free’ section, dated 29th May 2012, we would like it to be known that Conway Hall has in the past made clear that speakers / attendees at events for other hirers will not be permitted where we have felt that these individuals have expressed and may express (on our premises) views which conflict with our ethos, principles, and culture; the reference to David Irving was simply one of the examples given.