THE Labour party has threatened a member with disciplinary action for referring to a transgender woman as “a man”.
Janey Hutton made the comment on a closed Facebook group, writing: “Its (sic) painful to see biological women say trans women (men) are sisters. The desperation to appear PCWOKE is vomit inducing. These are MEN.”
She then received a letter from Sophie Goodyear, head of complaints of Labour’s National Executive Committee, describing the remarks as “offensive” saying “abuse of any kind, whether direct attacks or pejorative language which may cause offence is not acceptable and will not be tolerated in our party.”
The letter, sent on October 18, added: “I am therefore writing to remind you that describing those who identify as transgender women as men is not what we would expect from a member of the Labour party and ask that you refrain from making comments of this nature in the future. Please be aware that any repeat of this conduct may lead to formal disciplinary action.”
Ms Hutton has responded by making a complaint to Labour that her human rights have been breached. In a letter to Ms Goodyear, she wrote: “I am not under the delusion that humans can change sex. This is my belief and therefore I have this right not to have my belief invalidated by your dogma. This is also ECHR Article 9 as my FREEDOM NOT TO BELIEVE in your ideology.” She has not yet received a response.
The row erupted on the closed Labour Women’s Network Facebook group, when fellow member Jes Phillips (not Jess, the MP) challenged Ms Hutton’s language, saying: “This is a space for all women regardless of how they identify. If you don’t like it, leave.”
Ms Hutton responded: “I’m not leaving. I’m a woman and and a lesbian and if that’s a problem for other women then that says something about what’s going wrong with Labour.
She added: “Only MEN can be ‘trans’. What dont (sic) you understand about this fact Jes? When you ‘welcome’ transvestites – which are what trans women (men) who have not had the GRS (gender realignment surgery) are then why bother have any women at all? The fact you cannot see the insidious and appalling MISOGYNY going on here is disturbing, you are gaslighting yourself and us.”
In December, Venice Allan, 42, was asked to leave another Labour Women’s Network Event because her views made a trans party member “feel unsafe”.
The feminist single mother from Lewisham, known for her outspoken views on trans issues, accused the Labour Party of “an appalling, Orwellian betrayal of women” when she was made to leave the Christmas party by chair Olivia Bailey because her presence was making Lily Madigan – the first transgender person to be elected as a women’s officer – feel uncomfortable.
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