Save the date! The Lesbian Strength March and Rally is back in Leeds, West Yorkshire, on Saturday 14th September 2024.
We would love for you to come and join us and we can show our strength and visibility in the centre of Leeds on a Saturday afternoon, having a march around the city centre, letting everybody know that we will NOT be complicit in our own erasure.
Above: Lesbians marching in Leeds city centre, 2019
The above is harassment of lesbians on the basis of sexuality. If a group like Westborough Baptist Church was openly organising like this and protesting against lesbians the authorities would see this for what is, lesbophobia. We are being targeted because we are women and because we are exclusively same sex attracted. They have framed our sexuality as transphobia which begs the question, does this mean transgender ideology is inherently homophobic? Recently lesbians who carried signs saying ‘lesbians don’t like penises’ were removed from a Pride March in Wales, and told that such statements erased the existence of trans people. It therefore seems ironic that when a group of lesbians try to form their own communities they are threatened and harassed in this manner. Trans activists targeted our first Lesbian Strength March in 2019, following us through the streets of Leeds, accusing us of hate whilst demanding we include men in our lesbianism. The political climate has heated up considerably since then with violence erupting at Speakers Corner events in the UK and the USA. But they couldn’t stop us meeting then and they won’t stop us meeting now. A lesbian gathering is joyful and powerful and something a man can never understand.
Saturday September 17th 2022, 2pm
City Square, Leeds
Here are the speakers at our Lesbian Strength March and Rally introduced by the one and only Aja, who will also be performing some of her “in yer face” poetry.
Come and hear about what is going on for young lesbians on and off social media, and how the fightback and resistance to Lesbian Erasure is growing daily. Hear about our Lesbian sisters oversees, the situation in Canada, Ukraine and the Kakuma refugee camp. Closer to home what’s going on in Scotland and Northern Ireland? And find out where we are making more and more Lesbian spaces and events.
Our first Lesbian Strength March took place on Saturday 7th September 2019 in Leeds.
Approximately 150 lesbians took part in the march through Leeds city centre to celebrate sisterhood and lesbian community, travelling from all over the country to attend.
There were lots of beautiful banners, plenty of noise and lesbian solidarity! The march was led by our Scottish sisters carrying banners celebrating Magdalen Berns. Magdalen’s video’s continue to inspire many lesbians to resist lesbian erasure and so the march was dedicated to her.