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 I believe it is essential for our party to be at the forefront of all matters of equality. It is critical to listen to collective voice groups like LGBT Labour and Labour Party LGBT+ Network to see how best to support their members proactively and to tackle any discrimination."
2. Will you defend the current Labour Party policy and principle of inclusion of Transgender women on All Women Shortlists?
"Yes and I will continue to push for AWS to be a part of selection processes even when we reach 50%+ on representation."
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.
"For me, one thing the Black Lives Matters campaign has highlighted is that although we will often bring a number of groups together under a general equalities banner like BAME or LGBT it is essential that the component groups within have space to speak about issues which may relate to them specifically."
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.
"I think we should always aim to educate wherever possible but if views which are incompatible with Labour Party values continue after such education then it is completely appropriate for people to be taken through the disciplinary process which has sanctions up to and including expulsion. One of my key pledges for the NEC campaign is to have a well resourced, effective complaints process as we currently have some cases waiting a number of years."
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?
"As per my previous answer I want to see a well resourced, effective complaints process. I support the Labour Too / LWN call for sexual harassment cases to be dealt with independently and I am open, if practiable, for all complaints to be dealt with independently. As part of that process ensuring that equalities based complaints have the confidence of the relevant equality group is essential."
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?
"As mentioned earlier, education is key to tackling bigotry and for those who education doesn' move them from a position of bigotry then the disciplinary process would be appropriate."
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 would want to have education and support which means good engagement with LGBT+ Labour to ensure those programmes have their confidence."
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 think having support programmes similar to the Jo Cox and Bernie Grant programmes specifically targets at LGBT members, with potentially specific support for Trans members, to take on both elected representatives roles and also roles within the party at a local, regional and national level."
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?
"As someone who stood in the General Election I support the position the party took within it's manifesto."
10. Name at least one LGBTIQA+ socialist who inspires you, and explain what inspires you about them.
"The brilliant Hilary Cooke who is a member in my CLP who has not only been at the forefront of pushing for positive change in our community but also was the main organiser for our first Medway Pride this year."