Labour MP Stella Creasy has been targeted with a slew of transphobic abuse over the weekend after she came out in support of trans activist and model Paris Lees.
Creasy drew unwanted attention from TERFs after tweeting in support of Lees’ appearance on the cover of British Vogue.
The pair both appeared on a recent cover of the famous magazine, which was commemorating 100 years since women won the right to vote in the UK.
After appearing, Lees tweeted about her pride over appearing on the magazine.
Lees wrote: “April Ashley modelled for Vogue in the 50s. She was too scared to tell people she was trans. When she was outed by tabloids in the 60s her career was ruined.
“Same happened to Caroline Cossey in the 80s. All my life people have told me I’m not a woman. Thank God times are changing.”
Creasy then wrote that she was “proud” to have been on the cover with Lees.
“No one said change was easy and change is imperative for each and all of us to live in a world where everyone is free to be who they are.
“However hard the road ahead know we can do it…even in overly high heels,” she said.
Trans-exclusionary radical feminists then took aim at Creasy, attacking her for her support for trans rights.
The vile abuse misgendered Lees and claimed that Creasy’s support for trans people went against the fight for women’s rights.
One person wrote: “So, Ms Creasy … you think a male pretending to be a female is appropriate for associating with the history of the Suffragettes?”
“Absolutely shameful abandonment and insulting of women by @stellacreasy. Labour really doesn’t give a sh*t,” another added.
A third said: “The proud Labour MP who pretends she doesn’t abandon lesbians (since it’s transphobic to be one now), abandons the proud history of suffragettes (transwomen could vote, as they still keep their peerage).”
Another wrote: “Calm down, Stella. Please. You’re coming across as an unstable, impartial, nobbled woman on the edge of a laydeepeen chokedown. Get yourself together. No backhanders. If women can’t trust you, your career is ruined. And we wouldn’t want that, would we?”
Hundreds of abusive tweets were sent to Creasy degrading the experience of trans women and accusing her of being a “lesophobe” and a “handmaiden scumbag”.
However, Creasy took it all in her stride and quickly hit back at the trans-exclusionary abuse.
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The MP for Walthamstow wrote that there was “no one universal experience of being a woman” and so excluding trans women from the fight for equality was wrong.
Many of the abusers wrote that her support for LEes was unjust because trans women could vote – however, Creasy debunked this, explaining that they clearly did not “know history” if the thought that “trans women were free to exercise rights post the great war”.
“Before you unquestioningly idolise the Suffragettes and use them to denigrate other people, check out Christabel and Emmeline’s politics,” she wrote.
She went on to add that if her critics wanted to be heard then they should not “make presumptions about what I think”.
Creasy wrote: “I don’t subscribe to notion that it’s either trans rights or women’s rights. I don’t suggest its easy to navigate either.
“No one says these issues are easy – what is needed is light not heat and a commitment to make progress rather this kind of commentary…
“Lesbians and suffragettes I am really not abandoning you,” she added.