“Queens of Pop are the antithesis of Pride. They are a DISGRACE.”

Stay classy QOP

Stay classy QOP

I’m writing this at 5am because I could not sleep. Last night someone brought the latest ‘parody’ by Queens of Pop to my attention. This self-proclaimed ‘sensation’ from Manchester has been booked to play the Main Arena at Pride 2013 and claim to produce ‘ultra glamourous caricutures…[with] a deliciously original edge’. Watch the video below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TD8e4CMJbBI :NOW REMOVED
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Now tell me how this is in any way parody? I’m at a loss when typing this, because I’d find it hard to imagine something more overtly homophobic and racist if I tried. There is nothing ironic about it. In fact this is EXACTLY what a racist homophobic bigot would find funny and would share in order to spread discrimination and ridicule amongst our communities.

So when gay marriage got shoddily passed through Parliament this year did you really think, just like when Obama became President, that we now live in a ‘post sexual orientation world?’ WRONG.

Just three weeks ago I had to call someone out for using the word faggot in a pub in Manchester. Hate crimes against LGBT people and Black people are being committed on a DAILY basis. Manchester is twinned with the city of St Petersburg, where last month over 60 people were arrested simply for trying to attend a Pride march. Need I go on?

I have seen a few people complain about this video and say ‘if they play at Pride I’m going to heckle them’. DON’T LET IT GET TO THAT STAGE. If they are put on at Pride they are legitimised and given the stamp of approval by an organisation that supposedly represents LGBT culture. What’s more, they would have already taken your pink pound and be laughing all the way to their next gig.

Ask yourself, does this represent YOU?

Queens of Pop are the antithesis of Pride. They are a DISGRACE.

I have great memories of going on anti-Section 28 rallies when I was a kid, yet in 2013 members of my family are STILL being challenged for putting up Stonewall posters in schools that are representative of all families, including those that have LGBT members and include mixed ethnicity relationships.

This video is disgusting. It is divisive to the Black and LGBT communities, and those who are members of both. It is harmful to everyone. Will.i.am is not out and his sexuality is his own business, but he is a widely known personality. What would he think if he saw this? Would this encourage him to come out? Would this make him feel safe? Would it make young LGBT people feel that they can be who they want to be?

Alan Turing must be turning in his grave right now.

(Reproduced from https://www.facebook.com/notes/georgina-sullivan/queens-of-pop-are-a-disgrace-get-them-out-of-manchester-pride-2013/10151738560112042)

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TERFs attempt to sabotage the long standing Glasgow Feminist Network

You wanna hear some massive ‘feminist’ bullshit?

Feminists are people who stand in solidarity with other women, right? Who don’t shit all over other’s feminist work, no? And Radical Feminists, why they are so *fucking rad* that they gotta be the feministest, eh?

Ahahahahahahahahaha. Ahahahahaha. Let me tell you a fucking story.

A while ago a bunch of feminists put together the Glasgow Feminist Network. Some were younger feminists, some were older feminists, some were for sex workers rights, some were abolitionists, some trans allies and some transphobic but overall it was not an actual radfem hideout. There were some tendencies within the group, but it was not the intent of it as a collective.

There’s a website, a FB like page, and a closed Facebook Group.In the closed group, we recently had had a bunch of  butting heads on sex work issues. Meanwhile, some people tried to revive it GFN as a functioning offline group by hosting a meeting. Me and a friend were banned from the event’s FB page for being confrontational. In other words, we asked if it was a trans inclusive event.

There were 4 people at the meeting. One of them was Megan Brayton, a  proper hardcore sex work abolitionist and transphobe. Conflict really explodes this past week when Megan Brayton posts a link to Ann Tagonist’s article which says not only that pornography is inherently violence against women, but that the practice of transsexuality is just the same. A shitstorm ensues (with Ann Tagonist, real life name Nic Nesbitt, making an appearance). Many people (myself included) leave the group.

This woman who is a long time feminist but new to the GFN gets made admin for being someone who was disagreeing with Megan Brayton but in a calm and collected manner (which many of us didn’t manage, due to her being extremely aggressive to us in the first place).

In the interests of ‘fairness’, Megan Brayton was made admin too. The aforementioned trans ally feminist posted some basic rules (basically no hate speech, no transphobia/homophobia/racism etc etc) for this, Megan Brayton removed her from being an admin.
And then she removed ALL other admins from the group.
This included the founders of the group. Who had organised numerous events, paid the web hosting out of their own pocket. And whose only ‘crime’ was to try to foster an inclusive ethos in A FEMINIST GROUP.Here’s some proof. Megan Brayton goes back to Palpatine herself, Cathy Brennan, and iscongratulated on a job well done crushing those pesky rebels. She basically admits to the whole thing and is patted in the back for a job well done. FOR SUBVERTING A FEMINIST GROUP.

The Glasgow Feminist Network issued a statement (cameo appearance in the comments by one Cathy Brennan):

Regarding the recent posts on the Glasgow Feminist Network group i’d like to point out that those who originally created the group have all been removed as moderators and have no power to moderate any of the posts there. I’d sincerely apologise to all the women reading those recent posts, particularly trans women, who have been made to feel unsafe and unwelcome.

Myself and and few other women here who have also been removed as admins worked really hard in the first days of GFN organising a fundraising gig for the Women’s Support Network, several meetings at Glasgow Women’s Library, Film Nights, Book Groups and Feminist Socials. It’s really unfortunate and frankly upsetting to see that hard work go to waste and have GFN’s reputation as a trans safe space destroyed in this way and the wishes of the majority of its members disregarded.

This is what transphobic, whorephobic, radical ‘feminists’ do: they destroy women’s communities. Spread the word. This happened in Scotland. It can happen in your town.

Reproduced fromhttp://rebelpachelbel.tumblr.com/post/54758657771/you-wanna-hear-some-massive-feminist-bulshit

Secondly the apt and positive response from the original founders of Glasgow Feminist Network:

“Regarding the recent posts on the Glasgow Feminist Network group i’d like to point out that those who originally created the group have all been removed as moderators and have no power to moderate any of the posts there. I’d sincerely apologise to all the women reading those recent posts, particularly trans women, who have been made to feel unsafe and unwelcome.

Myself and and few other women here who have also been removed as admins worked really hard in the first days of GFN organising a fundraising gig for the Women’s Support Network, several meetings at Glasgow Women’s Library, Film Nights, Book Groups and Feminist Socials. It’s really unfortunate and frankly upsetting to see that hard work go to waste and have GFN’s reputation as a trans safe space destroyed in this way and the wishes of the majority of its members disregarded.

The Glasgow Feminist Network group does not speak for GFN and isn’t representative of what those who engaged in GFN organised activism with us wanted it to be about.at one of the first meetings it was decided overwhelmingly that GFN should be a trans safe space and I believe that should include online spaces.

Again, if you’ve been made to feel unwelcome here or that GFN is a space where you will have your status as a ‘real’ woman called into status I am really truly sorry. A statement on the fan page, website and twitter will follow.”

My own view : Firstly I have to say that I wouldn’t call the women described in this article just as “radfems”, my own personal opinion is that they are essentially radfems who are TERFS & who don’t mind increasing harm to sex workers, and harrassing their allys online in their pursuit of their own brand of “true feminism”, whatever that is. I don’t find all radfems objectionable and have worked successfully with several – VE

If you are a feminist in Glasgow who has been affected or harassed by the women mentioned in this article, I’d like to hear from you, email thevenusenvy@live.com or feel free to join Glasgow Feminist Collective where a supportive & Inclusive environment awaits. https://www.facebook.com/groups/149706178521427/

Links :
Glasgow Feminist Network : https://www.facebook.com/glasgowfeministnetwork
Glasgow Feminist Collective : https://www.facebook.com/pages/Glasgow-Feminist-Collective/572422316102431
Ariel Silvera : https://www.facebook.com/ariel.silvera.1983