||[Nov. 7th, 2030|04:50 pm]
Attended gathering outside the V&A to protest Stonewall being a bit crap on the T part of LGBT and especially for nominating Julie Bindel for journalist of the year. (Protip: if you are an LGBT organisation do not offer to give shiny prizes for writings that actually fit your own definition of transphobic.)
Did the usual pre-protest thing of angsting over whether to would be okay for me to go or not ie am not trans/queer etc, have not Done As Much For Feminism as ppl on the other side of the debate; am interloper/traitor/general badperson; should not be involving self in political discourse anyway as am madhead* and should never talk about anything ever except madheadery with other madheads.
Then I said LOL emo and got on the coach.
The turnout was nicely chunky, with about 150+ folks showing up on the protesty side. It was great that people focused on the S'onewall issue rather than falling into the trap of making it about Bindel herself and thus giving the anti-trans side more ammo. There were blogospheric mutterings of ONOES counterprotest, but in the event the other side of the debate barely scraped into double figures and went home early, taking their "Julie Bindel Fan Club" banner with them. And the Heroine of the Hour wouldn't even sign their glossy photos of her! Dawwww.
*Srsly. Don't know if this is largely a UK sort of thing but there is definately a largish camp which insists that unless one is a secular humanist one is plainly too irrational to have an opinion on anything and must SHUT UP. X-ref psychiatric diagnosis. I swear, I'll internalise anything.