Following further vitriolic attacks on trans people in our media, the world’s leading publications for lesbians have come together to send an unapologetic message of support and solidarity to the trans community.

The joint statement reads as follows:

“DIVA, Curve, Autostraddle, LOTL, Tagg and Lez Spread The Word believe that trans women are women and that trans people belong in our community. We do not think supporting trans women erases our lesbian identities; rather we are enriched by trans friends and lovers, parents, children, colleagues and siblings.

“We strongly condemn writers and editors who seek to foster division and hate within the LGBTQI community with trans misogynistic content, and who believe “lesbian” is an identity for them alone to define. We condemn male-owned media companies who profit from the traffic generated by these controversies.

“We also strongly condemn the current narrative peddled by some feminists, painting trans people as bullies and aggressors – one which reinforces transphobia and which must be challenged so that feminism can move forward.

DIVA Editor, Carrie Lyell

“We are really concerned about the message these so-called lesbian publications are sending to trans women and to young lesbians – including trans lesbians – and we want to make in clear this is not in our name.

“As the leading publications for queer women, we believe it is our responsibility to call out scaremongering conspiracy theories levelled at the trans community, and make it clear that DIVA, Curve, Autostraddle, LOTL, Tagg and Lez Spread The Word will always be safe spaces for the trans community.

“Forty years ago, to be a lesbian was to be questioned and persecuted. Today things are better for cis lesbians but there are still places where to be a lesbian is impossible.

“So it is for trans men and women, as well as non-binary people, many of whom identify as lesbian, bisexual, gay or queer. We know something of these struggles. And just as they and other allies have supported us, so we must support those among us who are trans, or risk ending up on the wrong side of history.

“The sooner we stop focussing on what divides us and instead focus on our commonalities, the stronger we will be to confront the other injustices imposed on us.

“We won’t be divided.”

Signed,

Carrie Lyell. Editor, DIVA magazine

Linda Riley, Publisher, DIVA magazine

Riese Bernard, Co-founder and editor-in-chief, Autostraddle

Merryn Johns, Editor, Curve

Silke Bader, Publisher, Curve and LOTL

Eboné F. Bell, Editor-in-chief, Tagg Magazine

Florence Gagnon, Founder and president, Lez Spread The Word

For further comment please contact DIVA magazine at editorial@divamag.co.uk

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