QUESTIONS TO NEC CANDIDATES
1. Do you accept that trans women are women, trans men are men, and non-binary people are non-binary - and will you commit to respecting trans people as their self-declared gender – if so, how will you integrate this approach to tackle the culture of entrenched transphobia, from the grassroots membership up to the leadership?
"Yes, Yes and Yes! In my first NEC meeting I will raise the concerns of many of our trans siblings by the worrying level of transphobia in our movement. I will ensure that we have a zero tolerance approach to transphobia and a work towards creating a robust complaints process that is fit-for-purpose so many of our LGBT+ friends and comrades can trust that their complaints will be handled and dealt with, this also includes taking serious action against elected representatives who are found to like, share or say anything transphobic online or offline."
2. Will you defend the current Labour Party policy and principle of inclusion of Transgender women on All Women Shortlists?
3. How would you make sure all identities and all voices under the LGBTIQA+ umbrella are listened to on issues of homophobia, transphobia and transmisogyny, allowing for example, trans people to lead the way on their own liberation.
"If elected on to the NEC, I will work with and take lead from some of our amazing campaign groups such as the Labour Campaign for Trans Rights, Labour Party LGBT+ Network and more of the areas in which we need to improve which includes as LGBT+ Rep on the NEC.Within the first few months of being elected I intend to hold listening exercises with different groups to hear the issues and concerns you may have so I can take that forward to the NEC and leadership. "
4. Do you believe that trans liberation must be an objective of the Labour Party, and that transphobia is antithetical to our collective aims, and if so - would you support the expulsion from the Labour Party of those who express bigoted, transphobic views.
"Yes, we must have a zero tolerance to transphobia. I have made this statement publicly many times and happy to continue to do so. I would take lead from our Trans siblings on how we move forward on disciplinary action. Some groups who I have spoken to have thought of educational course being designed for members but also members who happen to misspeak or use incorrect pronouns. But ultimately, out right transphobia has no place in our movement and those found to be transphobic should be expelled."
5. Will you commit to a review of how complaints relating to transphobia are handled? and will you commit to in conjunction with LGBT+ Labour and trans-led organisations to develop a clear code of conduct that includes a workable definition of transphobia?
"Yes Yes and Yes."
6. When the ‘culture war’ tactic is used in the press etc and causes an increase in bigotry against certain gender identities and sexualities (often even further marginalising those with multiple minority identities) how would you ensure that these spikes in bigotry found in wider society aren’t found within Labour?
"Every level of our party and every corner of our movement should stand in solidarity and support first of all and that message of support must start from leadership. Secondly, we must not just tweet or post that we stand in solidarity but actually show that through putting forward policy motions, pledges and influence what we place in our manifesto. Thirdly we must have a complains procedure, clear codes of conduct within our movement to stamp out any bigotry found."
7. What structures, processes, and changes do you think are required to change the culture within the party to one where homophobia, transphobia, transmisogyny etc. is not permitted? – also how will you help to improve understanding of trans and non-binary people in the party.
"I believe we need to explore the creation of an LGBT+ Rep on the NEC. During my campaign I have made two pledges specific to this question, one of them being the need to change and improve our complaints process and the next one being political education conference around the country where we develop our understanding of our trans and non-binary members but also the inequalities, abuse and plights they face."
8. Why do you think there has never been a Trans person elected in the UK Parliament, or a Trans person selected for a winnable seat for Labour - and what measures do you think need to take place to ensure Trans people are represented within the party?
"I personally think many in our movement have been overlooked, marginalised and sidelined and that includes our trans siblings. We also need to look at the structural barriers that society, and our party, create and place in front of trans members which make it difficult to run. We must also look at the nasty transphobic culture infesting our society which could severely impact the likelihood of trans candidate standing but as a party we must be supportive, welcoming and encouraging of any trans member who wishes to stand, especially at a time when the trans community in the UK is growing but the issues and barriers they face aren't spoken about enough."
9. Do you support the reform of the Gender Recognition Act to improve transgender rights, as well as supporting policies which would improve trans people’s access to necessary healthcare, housing, and employment? And will you organise against and oppose any transphobic policies from our own party or any other?
"Yes Yes and Yes."
10. Name at least one LGBTIQA+ socialist who inspires you, and explain what inspires you about them.
"James Baldwin. At the time you rarely, if ever, saw a prominent Black man in the public eye and be openly gay. His bravery and unapologetic boldness to talk about issues on race, class, gender and the way we should see the world truly inspires me to be brave and unapologetically bold about who and what I stand up for too."