Women’s rights: cross party concern and Conservative electioneering

On Monday 11 July Merched Cymru and LGB Alliance Cymru were honoured to attend a cross-party event in the House of Lords, celebrating the vital importance of free speech. We were delighted to talk to MPs, including our own Tonia Antoniazzi (Gower) and Alex Davies-Jones (Pontypridd), Rosie Duffield, and Joanna Cherry, and meet in person many of the women we admire.

We couldn’t help contrasting the welcome and open discussion we enjoyed to the stonewalling we experience from the Senedd. Take note, please, Mark Drakeford, Hannah Blythyn, Jeremy Miles and other Senedd Members. The rest of the country is waking up to the importance of open debate and Wales risks being left behind in a quagmire of its own making. Continue reading “Women’s rights: cross party concern and Conservative electioneering”

Great news for lesbians over 50!

The Lesbian Reconnection programme is live!

Last week I wrote about some research into the lesbian experience during the pandemic – and showed how little real information there is about our experiences. I promised some action.

Three of us got together and won a grant from Swansea Council (good on them) for a series of events and activities during March, based on the fragmentation and isolation we documented. The programme is called Lesbian Reconnection, and it’s being run by WomanZone, which some of us will recall from Surfcamp days. Continue reading “Great news for lesbians over 50!”

Lesbian experiences of the pandemic

It’s become a cliché. We’re all in the same storm, but not all in the same boat. We know that some people have made a lot of money out of Covid, while many have got much poorer. A few had parties while we missed our families, endured sickness and bereavement, learned, or did not, to live with loneliness.

I was interested to know about the specific experiences of lesbians – that class of humans constituted of adult human females sexually attracted to other adult human females. Experience in my networks suggested that there might be some trends that were exaggerated in our community and I wondered if anyone had taken a rigorous look. Continue reading “Lesbian experiences of the pandemic”

Let’s talk about sex!

The Welsh Government’s ‘LGBTQ+’ Action Plan is allegedly for lesbian, gay and bisexual people as well as those falling under the trans umbrella. We disagree with the government’s approach; this Plan has disturbing implications for all of us who believe that sex is real, immutable and important.

We refuse to be silent when we see the rights and protections based on sexual orientation and sex trashed by a Government which dares to call itself feminist.

Continue reading “Let’s talk about sex!”