I don’t want to look obsessed and flood this feed with the discussion around T in the LGB(T) community, but this article is really important.
The author is Andrew Sullivan, who is a serious gay, right-wing and Catholic (of a sort) thinker in the Anglosphere (educated in Britain, living in America). And the article is full of facts which are hard to find, and raises all the proper questions in a non-judgemental manner.
I read it in today’s Times in London (News Review), which requires registration, but it is available from the New York magazine website.
As reported by The Times, London:
For several years now a schism has been building within the LGBT community between Stonewall [the umbrella organisation in the UK] and those alarmed by its trajectory. This reached its logical end on Tuesday night with the birth of a breakaway group, provisionally titled the LGB Alliance [on Twitter: @AllianceLGB].
Conway Hall in Holborn was full of distinguished lesbians and gay men: local government officers, a consultant psychiatrist, psychotherapists, academics, doctors, a BBC producer, film-makers. All once stood behind Stonewall. Indeed the broadcaster Simon Fanshawe was a founder member and the former American Express vice-president Kate Harris a major fundraiser.
Yet they believe that since 2015, when the charity incorporated trans rights into its remit, Stonewall has ceased to represent them. They say it endorses sexist stereotypes promoting the notion that a “butch” girl or a “feminine” boy is in the wrong body and needs treatment when most gender non-conforming children turn out, like them, to be gay.
Their first demand is that the Equality and Human Rights Commission investigates the advice Stonewall (which receives an annual £600,000 in government grants) gives to public bodies from councils to police. They say it misrepresents the Equality Act by replacing the legally protected characteristic biological “sex” with “gender identity”. From this alleged deceit has come gender-neutral school toilets, police recording male-bodied rapists as “female” or the NHS admitting self-identified trans women onto female wards. The LGB Alliance calls this “Stonewall Law” and plans to fight it.
After a very successful architectural tour in Pilsen and Prague around modern architecture and design organised by the C20 Society, we stayed a few more days in Prague.
The Museum of Communism is definitely worth a 2-hour visit, intertwining cleverly a thorough presentation of what communism really means and the history of the country since the First Republic in 1918 to the Velvet Revolution and the restauration of democracy and market economy.
As a scathing complement, I would highly recommend the permanent exhibition in the Jerusalem Synagogue, The Jewish Community of Prague from 1945 to the Present Day.
Un autre fabuleux reportage en immersion feuilletonné par heidi.news, le nouveau média suisse de langue française à portée universelle. Son réd-en-chef: Serge Michel, ancien du Monde Afrique (et du Monde tout court).
London, Elgar Room in the Royal Albert Hall – lunchtime recital
Bach – Chaconne from the Partita No.2 in D minor for solo violin, BWV.1004
Beethoven – Violin Sonata No.8 in G for violin and piano, Op.30 No.3
Ravel – Tzigane (rhapsodie de concert, for violin & piano)
Le premier média suisse francophone de la nouvelle génération, né sur le Net et jouant sur toute la gamme de la newsletter, du web et du papier, du court et du long, du factuel et du subjectif, vient de s’installer dans un ancien atelier d’imprimerie… Il démarre en mars. Sans attendre l’invitation promise aux abonnés de la première heure par le réd en chef, Serge Michel, je suis passé flairer l’air du bureau le 7 février.
Et c’est probablement mon dernier post publié d’abord sur Google+ avant d’être intégré sur mon propre site, swissroll.info (où tout continue, mais comme beaucoup je regrette la décision de Google)…
With Parliament and both main parties in meltdown, deferring the question to the people, but in a fair and straightforward way, seems the reasonable thing to do.
- People’s Vote is a unfortunate moniker, as if the first referendum wasn’t one. [↩]
Une nouvelle illustration d’un phénomène que j’avais déjà relevé à propos de l’autopartage (carsharing): https://swissroll.info/blog/droit-politique/1719/
While I can still post on G+, this old little gem found through serendipity…
“Socialism,” George Orwell famously wrote in The Road to Wigan Pier (1936), draws towards it ”with magnetic force every fruit-juice drinker, nudist, sandal-wearer, sex-maniac, Quaker, ‘Nature Cure’ quack, pacifist and feminist in England.” His tirade against such “cranks” is memorably extended in other …