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, I do accept Yes, I do commit. In terms of my 'integration' work, you will see from my statements that, as treasurer, I would push for a much greater devolution of funding to CLP level, and with that encourage a 'kitemarking' process in which CLPs engage so as to assure themselves that they are as inclusive and non-discriminatory as they can be, and where this is not the case, to engage with learning programmes. Such a process will include tackling entrenched transphobia."
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.
"It will not be within my power to "ensure" this within Labour, but my specific contribution will be as at 1 above, as well as keeping a critical eye on other aspects of the NEC's work so as to acr in soldiarity with others committed to the liberation agenda you rightly promote. Please also see chapters 7 & 8 of this essay on my overall attitude to equality of voice "
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, I support this. In terms of expulsion, I see this as a final step where people refuse to engage with the processes I outline, and seek to make funding available for, at Q1."
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?
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?
"See my aforementioned essay, but more specifically this essay on how the right win culture wars, which focuses initially on the problems faed in respect of defending gay rights on the culture war/freedom of speech terrain, and moves into proposals for a strategy based on equality of voice, as opposed to rights "
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.
" See Q1 on the need to fund and develop a coherent kitemarking and learning programme at CLP/branch level as a fundemental building block to a party with a culture which does not allow of homophobia, transphobia, transmisogyny etc."
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?
"It is most likely that this has not happened because of the embedded culture you have described here. Measures needed are a) the process I suggest at q1, and the funds needed to do it; b) the development by CLPs of job descriptions and person specifications for the candidate they want to be their MP, reflecting specific job requirements whereby any remaining prejudice is 'outweighed' by the points awarded to job capability, and in a way which in any event reflects improving cultural norms."
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. I do not have the skills or knowledge to organize on this myself. I am best as a supporter and facilitator of funding."
10. Name at least one LGBTIQA+ socialist who inspires you, and explain what inspires you about them.
"Niamh Ralph, UK activist and trainer, for her clarity of analysis linking capitalism to LGBTIQA+ discrimination."
Thank you for the opportunity to answer your questions