Bisexual woman ‘kicked out’ of Glasgow queer club over LGB Alliance t-shirt reports incident to the police
The bisexual woman who was asked to leave an LGBT+ club after refusing to hide the ‘LGB Alliance’ slogan on her t-shirt has reported the incident to the police and is considering legal action.
In a video posted to Twitter over the weekend, the woman said it was “absolutely ridiculous” that she was kicked out of The Polo Lounge in Glasgow in the early hours of Sunday morning.
The woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, has now reported the incident to the police, according to The Times, and is considering legal action.
She said that she was thrown out after refusing to reverse her t-shirt, which would have hidden the LGB Alliance slogan.
The LGB Alliance is an anti-trans groups whose mission statement explicitly seeks to remove the ‘T’ from ‘LGBT+’. It has crowdfunded more than £46,000 so that LGB people can “define ourselves as same-sex attracted”.
Joanna Cherry, the SNP MP for Edinburgh South West, said: “Throwing someone out of a bar and refusing them a service on grounds of their sexuality is a breach of the Equality Act.
“Basically saying you can’t be a lesbian unless you’re my kind of lesbian, from a man, is unacceptable.”
Anti-trans groups have crowdfunded hundreds of thousands of pounds to launch legal action, which does not always come to fruition.
After the video of the woman’s outburst, the group bizarrely suggested that fighting transphobia is forcing bisexual people “back in the closet”.
But LGB people have distanced themselves from the group, which has been branded a “transphobic hate group” by many.
The 'LGB Alliance' is a hate group. It was set up purely to agitate against the rights and dignity of trans people and to drive them from the LGBTQ movement. If people promote bigotry against L, G, B, T or Q people in LGBTQ spaces, they should expect to be asked to leave.
— Owen Jones🌹 (@OwenJones84) January 19, 2020
“Don’t I have the right to support lesbians, gays and bisexuals?” the woman asked in the video. “But they’ve [trans people] got some weird ultimate power where they can get me kicked out of a club because they don’t like an acronym on a t-shirt.
“I’ve just been removed because trans people – who I didn’t even see – said I was threatening to them or something,” she said.
“I don’t see what the problem is?” tweeted political journalist Marie Le Conte in response.
“If you go into an LGBT space wearing clothing that purposely marginalises the T, you know exactly what you’re doing.”
— Katy Montgomerie 🦗 (@KatyMontgomerie) October 24, 2019
In the video, the woman says she’s “just been to the LGB Alliance” – referring to the group’s event at Òran Mór, a church turned conference venue, in Glasgow on January 18.
The LGB Alliance held the event to launch its opposition to proposed reforms of gender recognition laws in Scotland.
Attendees sang songs with the lyrics “We are women with vaginas… what the f**k is wrong with you” and listened to panellists saying that “LGBT clubs in schools are negatively impacting girls“.
It was later that evening that she wore her LGB Alliance t-Shirt to The Polo Lounge, one of Glasgow’s biggest LGBT+ clubs.
In the video, she expresses her bewilderment at being kicked out of an LGBT+ club for wearing a t-shirt that explicitly excludes trans people.
Avery Edison, a transgender comedian, tweeted: “Wow, an explicitly transphobic hate group’s merchandise is not tolerated in a LGBTQ space, what a shock. Nice work, Polo!”
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The thing is, this is exactly how organisations like #lgballiance work. They do something provocative on purpose, hope for a reaction and when they get it they make a martyr of themselves because the truth is, they need an anti-lgb narrative that doesn't even exist. https://t.co/w52C89Ta0l
— SHANE (@shane_reaction_) January 19, 2020
The video has been watched more than 600,000 times.