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Lesbians at London Pride protest trans folks, delay parade

"We don’t want any kind of penis in our bedroom."
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"During London Pride on Saturday, July 7, a group of lesbians delayed the start of the procession in protest of trans women.

European LGBT publication Gay Star News reports that a group of eight feminists draped a banner reading "Transactivism erases lesbians" over themselves and laid down in the street. 

The disruption caused a 10-minute delay in the parade as one of the protestors shouted: "A man who says he’s a lesbian is a rapist."

They were also armed with another banner which read "Lesbian = female homosexual" and flyers reading, "Get the L Out: The trans movement is… coercing lesbians to have sex with men. We firmly condemn this vicious form of anti-lesbianism disguised as progress."

Jan Williams who is part of the organization Object told GSN that transgenderism is conversion therapy and, "Conversion therapy is wrong. Only women can be lesbians," she said. "A man who has surgery can never be a lesbian."

Founder of Get The L Out Sarah Mason added to Williams' sentiment, "It’s a coalition of individual lesbians and feminists. It’s also feminist organizations such as Object, Mayday 4 Women, Critical Sisters and Lesbian Rights Alliance."

Mason said as a lesbian she is seen as transphobic and exclusive because she is attracted to women. "We don’t want any kind of penis in our bedroom," she said. 'I’m really sad I have to reassert this again. It’s everywhere online – it’s everywhere in LGBTQ centres."

Feminist lesbian protest groups are the minority in the LGBT spectrum, but they are growing in numbers. They believe that their rights as cis lesbians are being undermined by "biologically male transgender activists who self-identify as women." They believe that some trans women want "sexual access to lesbians," according to the UK organization Lesbian Rights Alliance.

The female trans community denounces these assertions saying they are not men and that women who have consensual sex with them does not equal sexual assault.

A parade spokesperson told GSN that they allowed the parade group to move ahead, but they don't condone their actions or their message, "and hope the actions of a very small number people does not overshadow the messages of the 30,000 people marching today."