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 and yes. I will integrate this approach through Training for members in regard to trans rights and appropriate language to use around trans people and this training will be delivered by trans members. l will respect trans peoples self declared gender. I will not misgender any trans men or women and use the correct pronouns for non-binary people and will ensure that other Labour members from the membership to the leadership follow suite."
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.
"By holding regular zoom meetings.Consult with LGBTIQA+ labour members on the issues that affect them and making sure that they have a say over the policies which reflect these issues. Not justify transphobic comments or denigrate the concerns of transgendered people when members express transphobic views. Work with Labour Campaign for Trans Rights and individual trans rights to ensure we have policies which properly reflect the needs of trans members. Ensure that we have a sufficient number of people from the LGBTIQA+ community represented in the decision making process."
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 trans liberation must be an objective of the Labour Party as we can not be a truly socialist party if we continue to oppress and marginalise members of the trans community. I would support the expulsion of anyone who bullies, harasses, threatens or makes abusive comments about trans people."
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 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?
"Through education which will dispel transphobic and homophobic myths. By challenging homophobic and transphobic views rather than pandering to them. By ensuring that trans women are not excluded from Labour women’s meetings, Labour women's conference and all womens shortlists. Increase the representation of LGBTIQ+ people in Labour Party roles such as councillors and MP’s. Not support any policies which are transphobic or homophobic."
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.
"Ensuring that we don’t have policies or external rules that discriminate against gay and transgendered people. Through education and by arranging for trans and non-binary people to speak to CLP’s about their experience. Take all complaints of transphobia seriously and homophobia and follow through on any complaint of transphobia or homophobia. A review of party rules to ensure that trans women are not excluded from standing on all women’s shortlists, standing as women's officers or attending Labour women's events. By having people at the top of the party who are committed to trans rights and trans inclusion at all levels.Increase the representation of gay and transgendered people in MP and councillor roles"
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?
"The transphobic abuse that trans people are subjected to within the party and in wider society is likely a factor as this would put people off standing in elections. Labour must ensure that trans women continue to be allowed to stand on all women shortlists and women's training sessions. By publicly challenging the bullying and abuse of LGBTIQ+ candidates in the media. Trans people must feel that they are fully supported by those in the decision making process."
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 to all three."
10. Name at least one LGBTIQA+ socialist who inspires you, and explain what inspires you about them.
"Mark Ashton co-founder of the Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners. Despite facing some prejudice and hostility within the mining community Mark was able to demonstrate solidarity with striking miners passionately fighting their corner to the end. This helped change the way many people in that community viewed the LGBTIQA+ community and led to them supporting the LGBTIQA+ community at pride."