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A new lesbian, gay, and bisexual alliance group was blasted by on social media for excluding trans and nonbinary communities.
The "LGB Alliance" group launched Tuesday evening with "gender critical feminist" (another term for the so-called trans exclusionary radical feminists or TERFs) and lawyer Allison Bailey calling it a "historic moment for the Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual movement" on Twitter. Bailey has since privatized her account as a result of backlash.
Members of the community took to social media to blast the group under the hashtag #LGBTQFamily. Broadcaster Sarah O'Connell called LGBT Alliance an attempt to divide the larger community.
\u201cA small but highly-funded hate group are obsessively trying to divide the LGBTQ community & push everyone out of society. Let\u2019s get #LGBTQFamily trending to show that we\u2019re ALL in this together! (Allies too!)\u201d— Sarah O'Connell (@Sarah O'Connell) 1571870442
"A small but highly-funded hate group are obsessively trying to divide the LGBTQ community & push everyone out of society," O'Connell tweeted. "Let's get #LGBTQFamily trending to show that we're ALL in this together! (Allies too!),".
The LGB Alliance Twitter page had amassed a following of 6,073 as of Friday and describes itself as "Asserting the right of lesbians, bisexuals and gay men to define themselves as same-sex attracted. Gender is a social construct."
A user by the name of Casey Explosion took to the social media platform to reveal that the group had with Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank based in Washington D.C.
\u201cIf anyone was wondering if this "LGBAlliance" thing was yet more astroterfing from US religious fundamentalists, there's your obvious Heritage Foundation connection.\u201d— Casey Explosion (@Casey Explosion) 1572015688
"If anyone was wondering if this 'LGBAlliance' thing was yet more astroterfing from US religious fundamentalists, there's your obvious Heritage Foundation connection," they tweeted
LGBTQ+ rights activist Alok Vaid-Menon, took to Instagram to condemn the group.
"A new trans + non binary exclusionary alliance organization between cis lesbian, gay, + bisexual people was just announced in the UK as a reaction to the quote rise in 'gender extremism.'" they wrote. "Let's be clear: the real extreme gender ideology is the colonial gender binary forcibly imposed on indigenous peoples across the world, erasing thousands of alternative gender-sex systems, responsible for countless murders of trans + gender variant people + spreading the pervasive myth that we are 'new.'"
"Feminism without respecting trans women & nonbinary people is just patriarchy," they continued. "Reducing women to their genitalia & reproductive capacity is just misogyny. Fortifying gender and sex binaries is not progressive, it is racist and conservative."
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\u201cThe LGBT community is at its strongest when we stand together \ud83c\udff3\ufe0f\u200d\ud83c\udf08 Let\u2019s raise each other up today and every day. We are one #LGBTQFamily\u201d— Stonewall (@Stonewall) 1571904372
Stonewall, a U.K. based LGBTQ+ charity group called on the community to "stand together."
"The LGBT community is at its strongest when we stand together," they wrote. "Let's raise each other up today and every day. We are one #LGBTQFamily."
Others have reported that the group largely consists of cishetero people.
\u201cLGB Alliance of mostly cis-hets. \ud83d\ude02\n\nTransphobes are ridiculous.\u201d— \ud83c\udff3\ufe0f\u200d\ud83c\udf08 Izzy Rizinti \ud83c\udff3\ufe0f\u200d\ud83c\udf08 (@\ud83c\udff3\ufe0f\u200d\ud83c\udf08 Izzy Rizinti \ud83c\udff3\ufe0f\u200d\ud83c\udf08) 1571825344