The silencing of the LGB

I’m a professional, 30-something gay man who lives in South Wales. And for my own safety I’m unable to reveal my real identity.

So why the anonymity?

Because I stated that homosexual people are exclusively same-sex attracted, that sex is real and immutable, and that a man will never be a woman. I also said that the actions of many LGBTQ organisations and their supporters display a cavalier attitude towards child protection and the most basic of safeguarding principles.

It’s been an interesting journey from inclusion to exclusion, from someone who cheered when Get the L Out were excluded from London Pride – something I’m now rightly ashamed of – to being kicked out of my own community.

The attacks started around two years ago on social media after I said that, as a gay man, I could never be attracted to a transman. I was called a genital fetishist and asked to examine my preferences. And removed from the various LGBTQIA+ groups I’d been part of.

This was a wake-up call. I began paying attention to what the so-called TERFs were saying, and how organisations like Stonewall were responding. Then my hero, JK Rowling, voiced support for a woman called Maya Forstater who had been fired for saying completely reasonable things regarding the reality of biological sex. She was vilified and threatened.

When LGB Alliance was set up. I saw that friends of mine were tweeting the hashtag #LGBAllianceisaHateGroup, but I couldn’t see what was wrong with wanting to advocate for the rights of LGB people on the basis of their sexual orientation.

Like so many before me I fell down the Youtube rabbit hole, eventually discovering Magdelen Berns. I remembered the name from earlier in the year when I’d had seen people on social media gloating over her death; they talked of pissing on her grave… and worse. This kind, courageous and brilliantly funny lesbian was being described as scum, simply for standing up for the rights of women, children and homosexual people.

I started a new anonymous Twitter account, and began to follow the gender critical people I had once dismissed as bigots. I began to educate myself.

I learned that, according to Stonewall, there were 600,000 trans people in the UK but that only around 5,000 had a gender recognition certificate. I learned that the vast majority of those who call themselves transwomen were fully intact biological males, heterosexual men who were now ‘identifying’ as lesbians. And I learned that the majority of ‘trans kids’ who were being put on puberty blockers were gender-non-conforming kids growing up in an increasingly homophobic culture.

At this point, I started a blog on substack and wrote about Mr Gay England, a gay male beauty pageant. One of the contestants was a heterosexual woman who identified as a gay man. She had been repeatedly sexually assaulted from the age of 6 and was clearly traumatised by the experience. On every level this seemed wrong.

I was angry and upset at the way LGBTQ organisations were gaslighting young gay teenage boys, demanding that they should accept females as sexual partners if they identified as men. I was also angry at the way in which this vulnerable young woman was being used to validate the gender narrative. I wrote what I thought was a reasonable, compassionate article that no-one would object to. I was wrong.

I was attacked. First by the owner of a gay lifestyle magazine, then by twitter accounts claiming to be employees of Stonewall UK. And then the Mr Gay England twitter account was used to orchestrate a co-ordinated attack on me. They said my article was a hate crime, they reported me to the police, and they encouraged their followers to do likewise.

This led to a deluge of abuse from Mr Gay England supporters. I received threats to my job, my wellbeing, and my life, as angry gender activists said they would find me and kill me. I deleted my substack and decided to speak to my employer, telling them of my ‘crime’ and that activists wanted me to be fired. Luckily my employer supported me, but they also advised me not to use my real name online, not wanting my views on the rights of women and gay men to be associated with them.

Eventually I started writing again. One article was about the normalisation of child abuse and the breakdown of basic safeguarding principles being promoted by LGBTQ organisations and gender advocates.

Once again a co-ordinated attack began, this time organised by a verified blue-tick trans activist who called for me to be reported to the police and to my employer. And once again the death threats ensued. Under siege from repeated police reports and relentless abuse, I came off social media, genuinely fearful for my safety.

It is abundantly clear to me that gay men and lesbians are despised by the LGBTQIA+++ community. If we dare to assert our same-sex attraction, or express the need for even the most basic safeguarding principles, we are threatened, vilified, and reported to the police. There is no longer a community.

LGB people are hated, and we are silenced.

Merched Cymru and LGB Alliance Cymru are working together to respond to Welsh Government’s LGBT+ Action Plan. See our page here.