It is with regret that I’m resigning from the Liberal Democrats and therefore as Membership Development Officer of the LGBT+ Liberal Democrats.
The past fortnight has driven home in the hardest manner possible that trans and non-binary people in the UK stand alone with almost no political support from Parliamentary Parties across the board.
This isn’t my first time speaking at Conference. But it is my first time where I’ve felt upset and worried about talking. Not because of you fine people, but because of the subject matter. It hits a little too close to home.
I speaking in favour of the motion, and specific lines, because it’s important that the voices of trans and non-binary people are heard in this. That our fears are heard that when a Conversion Therapy ban is brought in, we’re going to be left behind.
Back a while ago I interviewed by What The Trans!? and was asked where I thought this transphobia had come from and my reply was that it’s always been there in the UK because an awful lot of bigotry has always been here in the UK and routinely ignored because we’re constantly fed a lie that is not what we’re like as a country
But the reality is that the UK is a hostile place to live if you don’t tick all the right boxes. The UK is riven by class and socioeconomic divisions, as well as divisions based around every kind of separator you can think of