It is now just over six months since Lesbian and Gay News was launched. This was only made possible because of the generous donations made to our initial Crowdfunder by lesbians and gay men, as well as heterosexual members of the gender critical community, who all recognised how important it still is for lesbian and gay people to have our own dedicated publication.
Our aim with Lesbian and Gay News has been to reflect the lives, politics and culture of same sex attraction and to report some of today’s major debates around sex and gender. Most importantly we’ve been determined to do so in a temperate, informed and respectful way.
Our right to our own lesbian and gay publication is something that our community should have been able to take for granted following five decades of struggle for our basic civil rights. Surely none of the early lesbian and gay rights campaigners would have imagined that the day would come when our right to organise, campaign and even meet according to our same sex attraction would end up under attack.
The “LGBTQIA+” lobby groups aggressively promote ideologies and causes that have nothing to do with same-sex orientation and which actively undermine the rights of lesbian and gay people, and women in general. This ideological capture has been facilitated by unrepresentative and ineffectual political parties, an unquestioning Government and Civil Service, and powerful “woke” corporations like the BBC.
Lesbian and Gay News is now virtually the only national publication in the UK – and possibly one of the few in the world – that is exclusively dedicated to the rights and interests of same-sex oriented people.
The seriousness of this development is reflected in the fact that Lesbian and Gay News is now virtually the only national publication in the UK – and possibly one of the few in the world – that is exclusively dedicated to the rights and interests of same-sex oriented people. Most UK and North American lesbian and gay news outlets now embrace the all-encompassing “LGBTQIA+” ideology as the only perspective through which they are prepared to report our community.
I therefore regard Lesbian and Gay News as crucially important, and I want to be able to continue publishing it. With the help of those contributing to our new Crowdfunder, Lesbian and Gay News will continue to represent the values of the historical lesbian and gay rights movement and the voices of lesbian and gay people.
My experience as an editor and publisher for the lesbian and gay community is pretty extensive. I co-edited The Pink Paper from 1989 to 1991 with the late Alison Dilly (then becoming the title’s managing editor for another 10 years), I was launch editor for the gay men’s magazine Boyz in 1991 but I was also managing editor for the HIV title Positive Times, the weekly newspaper The Gay Gazette and even the lesbian magazine Shebang. I hope that our readers will regard Lesbian and Gay News as being in safe and competent hands.
However, in these days of cancel culture, any gender critical publication is exposed to political attack, hostile propaganda, and homophobic bullying: and that also extends to those companies and organisations that would normally pay for advertising in such publications. When the British Film Institute booked banner adverts for “BFI Flare” – the LGBT+ Film Festival – earlier this year, it was soon targeted by a Twitter campaign. Within days, the BFI caved in and pulled their advertising from Lesbian and Gay News. These nasty Twitter campaigns cause us serious problems as advertising is usually the lifeblood of a publication like Lesbian and Gay News which can enjoy a wide readership by being free at the point of access.
I am very proud of what Lesbian and Gay News has achieved over the first six months of its existence.
Therefore we are hoping to be able to turn once again to the generosity of Lesbian and Gay News readers, and of the wider gender critical community, to help fund Lesbian and Gay News as an ongoing enterprise into 2022. This new Crowdfunder campaign launches six months after the initial funding campaign that enabled us to set up. The money you donate will be used to pay for our news reporter and to cover articles and features by our regular writers and columnists, stock photography to illustrate editorial posts, programming, technical and server costs, and website production and editing.
I am very proud of what Lesbian and Gay News has achieved over the first six months of its existence. We have published articles covering crucial issues such as LGB rights, gender dysphoria, the legal cases of Maya Forstater, Julie Bindel and Keira Bell, conversion therapy, Stonewall’s influence on public bodies, political parties and elections, education, local government and we have interviewed many important lesbian and gay people such as Kathleen Stock, Fred Sargeant and Simon Edge. One interview with Labour MP Rosie Duffield by our excellent reporter Jo Bartosch was even shared by JK Rowling with her 14 million Twitter followers – and has now been viewed over 45,000 times. We are having an impact, and we clearly have some very distinguished readers!
My conviction is that Lesbian and Gay News is providing an effective vehicle to challenge the disinformation and propaganda to which lesbian and gay people – and young people in particular – are now subjected and helping to create a new and welcoming lesbian and gay community of the kind we used to have.
To keep us going, our appeal for support is made not only to the lesbian and gay community, but also to the wider gender critical community. This is necessary, as the lesbian and gay community is comparatively small, and the gender critical section of it is even smaller. The assistance of the wider gender critical community will, I hope, facilitate the level of financial support that will enable us to continue publishing Lesbian and Gay News in its present form.
We also hope that the wider gender critical community will recognise the importance of our political contribution as a gender critical publication.
I hope that many members of the gender critical community will recognise the importance of supporting a lesbian and gay publication of the kind our community enjoyed for five decades. We also hope that the wider gender critical community will recognise the importance of our political contribution as a gender critical publication.
If we are able to raise the funds to do so, we also hope to expand. We would like to expand Lesbian and Gay News as a community network, encouraging social events and discussions where our readers can meet one another and make new friends, and in 2022 to support a Lesbian and Gay Film Festival and possibly even a Lesbian and Gay Theatre Season.
The generosity of those who kindly responded to our initial Crowdfunder enabled us to get Lesbian and Gay News off the ground, and we are now successfully established as a quality community publication with tens of thousands of readers. We are now seeking to raise a further £25,000 to enable us to continue providing this important service to our community.
Thank you for your support.
Founder, Lesbian and Gay News