In a significant move during International Lesbian Day on October 8th, UN Women, an international organization dedicated to gender equity and empowering women, unequivocally expressed their support for trans lesbians. Through a social media post, UN Women delivered a simple yet powerful message: “Remember, trans lesbians are lesbians too. Let’s uplift and honor every expression of love and identity. Happy International Lesbian Day.”
This inclusive message was met with jubilation and appreciation from members of the LGBTQ+ community and their allies. However, it also drew the ire of anti-trans activists, who predictably lashed out with a barrage of transphobic rhetoric.
Outcry from Anti-Trans Bigots
Notably, self-proclaimed theocratic fascist Matt Walsh used this opportunity to engage in derogatory name-calling, referring to trans women as “pervert men” and perpetuating harmful stereotypes. On a similar note, ‘gender-critical’ pundit James Esses falsely claimed that “trans lesbians are straight men,” ignoring the lived experiences and identities of trans individuals.
Some critics accused UN Women of “virtue signaling” and diverting attention from other important issues. However, the reality is quite the opposite. On the very same day, UN Women’s executive director, Sima Bahous, expressed heartfelt condolences for the earthquake in Afghanistan, where the organization is actively supporting Afghan women and girls during this crisis. Additionally, Bahous addressed the escalating conflict in the Middle East, emphasizing the need to protect civilians, including women and girls.
Support from Pro-LGBTQ+ Advocates
Despite the backlash, supporters of LGBTQ+ rights praised UN Women’s message as a vital show of solidarity for a marginalized group. Many users expressed their appreciation for the organization’s stance on social media, highlighting the importance of standing up for trans individuals in the face of bigotry.
In an era marked by increasing visibility and acceptance of diverse gender identities and sexual orientations, UN Women’s support for trans lesbians sends a clear message that inclusivity and love should always prevail over prejudice and discrimination.
UN Women continues to champion gender equity and human rights, including those of trans individuals, even as they face opposition from bigots. Their unwavering commitment to empowerment and inclusion serves as a beacon of hope for a more equitable world.