We asked and you told.
We are so grateful to each and everyone of you who took the time to fill in our survey.
We have been completely overwhelmed with responses and can only publish some of your comments.
Here are the results:
If yes, why? (selected responses, not all)
It’s flooded with Straight people with gender identities or pseudosexualities
Transmen are now populating what once were gay/bi male spaces
Still seems very underground or overwhelmed by trans issues and events
any kind of gay event is always “lgbtqia+++++” and overtaken by straight people
I’m not allowed to participate with other same sexed individuals safely or politically without being labelled a bigot or without being abused
it always centres gender identity
Lesbian events now include men claiming to be lesbians, and sometimes lesbians choose to have these men and defend their rights
I find this difficult to answer, as I have an established friendship network. But if I was new in an area it would be difficult. If I was young it would be a problem. Going to lesbian bars and events was an important part of learning that being lesbian is not just ok, but great. I feel sad that young lesbians do not have this now.
Same-sex attraction is now seen as transphobic and the entire meaning of the community has changed.
None of them are really for same-sex attracted people, and instead seem inundated with opposite-attracted trans people. These also often come with disclaimers that are othering to actual same-sex attracted people, such as disdain towards ‘genital fetishism’ aka homosexuality.
Most, if not all, modern events and culture seem to be centred on gender identity and to be dominated by people who view attraction as based on gender rather than sex, and it’s hard to find other lesbian women in these spaces at all.
Not much around for Lesbians, that are women only.
They are unlawfull. And we all put into the one box lgbtiq++++++++ which i hate.
If no, why? (selected responses, not all)
LGB seem to be the bottom of the list in terms of rights.
There has been a shifted focus away from same sex attraction towards gender identity.
This has eroded the rights of women and homosexual people. The community has become so open that it’s only catering for the group which is the loudest, which is currently trans identified individuals. Trans rights are no longer about ensuring the protection of trans individuals, they are about gaining extra privileges which is harming SSA minorities and women.
They often don’t represent the views of lesbians.There is an enormous ideological and political divide that is wasting all our time.
LGB people have been sidelined in favour of the faux-sexualities and the attraction that isn’t a choice is being redefined as transphobic
Every LGBTIQA+ event is trans focussed
Would like a service that focuses on LGB people.
Anyone who acknowledges attraction based on sex not gender is an outcast to LGBTQ+ organisations. Gender critical people like myself are also regarded as bigots and transphobes by these organisations, because we acknowledge sex over gender.
Most events are directed towards gay men or trans-identified people. Very few events are female-focused and appropriate for (my) children.
Not happy with being associated with radical trans agenda. It is a completely different cause and not really about sexual orientation.
I’ve never been comfortable with the …TIQ+ – most of which has nothing to do with same sex attraction. I hate that they are represented as speaking for me when they don’t. We need our own voice.
These organisations now harm LGB people. They have redefined what it means to be lesbian or gay, to be ‘same gender’ attracted. They have removed our ability to describe same sex orientation. They have enabled a new kind of virulent homophobia in the form of abuse of lesbians and gay men for asserting same-sex boundaries. They have enabled the destruction of spaces where LGB could meet to socialise, including dating apps.
They have pushed the medical transitioning of children and adolescents, and now there are young detransitioners who realise they were simply lesbian or gay, and regret permanent changes to their bodies. This medical scandal is not just harmful to kids likely to grow up LGB, but to kids with other vulnerabilities (ASD, trauma, mental health issues).
They push an agenda that removes the ability of women to self-organise in our interests. An agenda that removes our ability to describe ourselves as women, to collect data related to our sex. and to fight for change – using that data. This agenda has unleashed a wave of misogyny, an attitude that women and girls do not have a right to speak in their own interests. This agenda has now gone so far that those who push it think it’s perfectly ok to put a man convicted of violent rape in the same room as a woman prisoner, turn the key, and lock the door.
I don’t think orgs that market themselves as LGBTIQ+ can be trusted to support young lesbians or gay men. Many of us, due to being gender nonconforming are being told we’re most likely transgender and straight. This does not help at all and only leads to more self-hatred.
They are throwing same-sex attracted people under the bus to validate gender ideology. It is no longer acceptable to be a lesbian. You can only be a lesbian if you validate the egos of men. I cannot even speak about my own experience with gender and sexuality without people chomping at the bit to tell me I’m hateful. Not even in my own family members. Not because they’re “anti-LGBT” but because they’re “pro-trans”
Do you have any suggestions about what LGB Alliance Australia could do in order to best support LGB people? (selected responses, not all)
fight for single sex spaces, sex based rights
Promote as an advocacy group for same sex individuals
Organise talks and events that are exclusively about same sex attraction. Spread awareness about the dangers of gender identity, the medicalisation of it and how it harms SSA people and youth.
Contest the inclusion of TQIA in with LGB. We are same sex attracted- they are not, necessarily. Most people think that so many law reforms being pursued (like anti-conversion) relate to LGB when in fact they relate to trans. And TRA are deeply homophobic. Like many G people I have had to disengage from a transman after discovering that I was with a woman.
Make mandate clear to everybody what gay people stand for and accept. Most of the issues classed as “LGBTQI+++++” have nothing to do with Same-Sex adult relationships.Provide information to the general public about the LGB communitysupport us and hear us and fight for us
Create some online spaces that meet using zoom/skype and create a safe space for people to get to know each other online to better create irl events/meet ups/support/friendships. I live 1.5hrs from a city. And I know a lot of other LGB people don’t have the time or the means to travel around to different events where they aren’t even sure of who will be there or if they will have fun.
Focus both on political lobbying and enhancing LGB social networking
Definitely rebuilding LGB culture away from Trans and queer straight people etc.
Create safe spaces we can be in
Help show people that the LGB is being oppressed and silenced within our own community. Help show that our LG are once again afraid. That the dream our elders had for the younger generation is falling apart all in the name of being “gender inclusive”. Help centre us once more in our own liberation movement, or if that is not possible, show that LGB Alliance is not hateful. Show that an LGB community is essential!
I think the first thing is to represent our needs so that the perspective of LGB interests is not conflated with a gender ideology agenda. This is in large part because I fear a backlash on LGB people if our wagon is hitched to a falling star. I think becoming an alternative voice is probably what I most want to see so that we can distinguish our interests and publicly represent what our concerns are for LGB people and youth from both sides.
Build capacity of grass roots people to learn about issues
Protect single sex spaces. Protect same-sex attraction. Provide spaces for LGB people to meet up and get together. We need so much. Our rights have been taken away.
Maybe hold some events or something to get the name out there more, so that more LGB individuals can find this org as I personally did not know there was an Australian LGB Alliance until very recently.
Political advocacy – meeting MPs. Important they see LGB people who reject queer ideology. Focussed meetings with briefing notes.
Media – getting LGBA known as a ‘go-to’ organisation. Developing relationships with journalists. Building media skills amongst organisers.