Bi+ Ireland has joined the Trans Writers’ Union boycott of the Irish Times. The Trans Writers’ Union demands that:
We fully support these demands and in our roles as Bi+ Ireland volunteers we will not share Irish Times articles from the Bi+ Ireland social media accounts; speak to or write for the Irish Times, and when we issue press releases they will not be sent to the Irish Times. We ask that you, our community members, support us in taking part in the boycott by not sharing content from the Irish Times in our community group.
Transphobia has no place in Ireland and it is unconscionable that the Irish Times has taken an anti-trans editorial stance. The lives of trans and non-binary people should never be up for ‘debate’.
In recent weeks we have seen an increase in anti-trans activity globally, including; the UK government’s decision to exclude transgender people from a ban on conversion therapy; the implementation of anti-trans legislation in multiple US states; attacks on trans and non-binary people taking part in sports, and the exclusion of non-binary people from our census.
We have also seen an increase in violence against LGBTQIA+ people in Ireland, with the killing of Aidan Moffitt and Michael Snee in Sligo which Gardaí suspect were hate-related crimes, the assault of Evan Somers in Dublin, the killing of a non-binary person in Down, and the assaults of Callum Kenny, a trans man, in Louth and Saoirse Mackin, a trans woman, in Cork. These are, of course, recent incidents that have been reported in the media. You are likely also aware of attacks that have not made the news.
We must be clear that the LGBTQIA+ community in Ireland includes our trans and non-binary siblings. We must be clear that we are in solidarity with each other. We must be clear that transphobia, in all its forms, will be challenged.
In joining the Trans Writers’ Union boycott Bi+ Ireland reiterates our support for our trans and non-binary community members.
The Trans Writers’ Union boycott petition is here
More information can be found on the Trans Writers’ Union website
Bi+ Ireland Volunteer Team
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Bi+ Ireland reiterates our support for our trans and non-binary community members. We understand and appreciate that there's a lot of transphobia on social media and the media regarding statements JK Rowling has made over the last few days.
There is so much stress and difficult news surrounding us all at the minute, so we understand that we're all struggling - in ways big and small. Let's be kind and look out for one another - and know that trans identities are valid as hell and Bi+ Ireland will always be fighting for you. Trans Rights are Human Rights.🏳️
We wanted to take this time to flagpost you towards some of the amazing trans, nonbinary and/or intersex specific organizations and supports across the island of Ireland.
We believe that regardless of your gender identity you should consider liking some of these pages or donating if you have the means to do so.
As always, please do let us know of other organisations we have missed.
TENI - Transgender Equality Network Ireland
Irish Trans Support Alliance - ITSA
This Is Me - Transgender Healthcare Campaign, Ireland
Small Trans Library
Belfast Trans Resource Centre
Gender Rebels Cork
Gorey Trans Support Group
Meath Transgender Info & Support Page
Trans & Intersex Pride Dublin
Trans Kerry Support Group
Trans Pride Cork
Find your nearest trans peer support group here.
Lots of love and solidarity,
The Bi+ Ireland Coordinator Team