Starmer’s desperate attempts to appeal to bigotry see Labour voting to remove a condemnation of hate speech and bias against trans people and any mention of UK guilt
Keir Starmer’s delegates to a Council of Europe conference voted against including language condemning ‘anti-trans narratives’ – and any mention of the UK as a place where hate and discrimination toward people based on their sexual orientation and identity is an issue – in a Council report on LGBT+ rights.
The attempt to block the language was unsuccessful. The report condemns the growth in anti-trans and other anti-LGBT+ framing, citing the UK, Russia and Turkey as particularly problematic. A Council motion passed at the conference notes the prevalence :
highly prejudicial anti-gender, gender-critical and anti-trans narratives which reduce the fight for the equality of LGBTI people to what these movements deliberately mischaracterise as ‘gender ideology’ or ‘LGBTI ideology’…
Such narratives deny the very existence of LGBTI people, dehumanise them, and often falsely portray their rights as being in conflict with women’s and children’s rights, or societal and family values in general. All of these are deeply damaging to LGBTI people, while also harming women’s and children’s rights and social cohesion.
The Assembly deplores the fact that such discourse is leading to stagnation and even backsliding in progress towards LGBTI equality, sexual and reproductive rights and women’s and children’s rights – and in so doing, it poses a direct challenge to democracy and the rule of law. In many countries, legislative processes aimed at improving the protection of the rights of LGBTI people have stalled, and in some, progress previously achieved has been undone.
Labour’s attempt to block the language and remove mention of the UK as a problem area, apparently a part of Keir Starmer’s attempts to out-Tory the Tories on so-called patriotism and flag-hugging, has led some members, including Ell of the well-known @leftiestats site to resign, their party membership in disgust. She issued a statement on Twitter explaining:
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