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GAY WOMEN’S NETWORK CONDEMNS HATEFUL, TRANSPHOBIC VIEWS

London, 09 July 2018 – The Gay Women’s Network (GWN), a network of c.1,500 LGBTQ+ professional women in London, was shocked and concerned that an unregistered, hateful anti-transgender group was able to hijack the Pride in London parade.

GWN totally condemns the views expressed by this group and their hate-filled, offensive transphobic leaflets.

GWN is proud to support Pride in London and very much welcomes their statement of apology, their denouncing of the views of this group and that they are reviewing procedures to prevent this from happening again.

Zoë Chowney, the first openly transgender co-chair of GWN added: “GWN proudly welcomes and supports all LGBTQ+ women however they gender identify. Pride is a very important and powerful movement to promote love and acceptance for everyone, regardless of their gender identity or sexuality. The Pride movement can trace its roots back to the trans women of colour that stood up for equal rights at the Stonewall Inn, New York in 1969.”

Jemima Jefferson, who founded the GWN in 2008 added “I am saddened that the spirit of Pride can be diverted to focus on a tiny minority of transphobic women and I am keen to ensure that the GWN remains open and welcoming for all LGBTQ+ women.”