I know that sometimes it is hard to find good news amongst all the bad that keeps being thrown at us as a community. But this good news comes with a HUGE WARNING. This warning needs to be adhered to at all costs lest we lose this amazing ally. We must respect this ally and who they are as in the past MANY transwomen have assumed that being part of the greater community of women means that we should be treated 100% as such. Transwomen some who are same-sex attracted (i.e. attracted to women in this case) do not have the right to demand others who are same-sex attracted women be attracted to us and date us. That is VERY MASOGANISTIC so don’t do it.
This ally has stood in the face of bigotry with amazing strength, they have protected the Sydney gay community for as long as they have been in existence. They saw the need where the police were failing to protect gay men. We must respect that because they have earned it. Their willingness to allow Transwomen into their ever-growing community. Once again shows their kindness and compassion for the larger LGBTQIA community.
So here is the Good News…
Dykes on Bikes has an inclusion policy that is a wonderful thing to read. So I am going to paste it here.
“At our recent AGM, the Committee presented an inclusion statement to the Membership which sought to clarify our commitment to providing an inclusive club for our LBTQI community. Inclusion Statement Dykes on Bikes Sydney was originally established to provide a safe space for same-sex attracted women to participate in motorcycling and community events. Women have often been the marginalised, silenced or invisible part of the Gay and Lesbian community, and it’s important that we have a space where we can be loud and proud. Leading the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade is one of the few spaces where women are highly visible. Over the years our community has changed, and some of our members have changed how they identify as well. Younger LBTQI people in the community have more opportunities and support to explore their identity, which means simply identifying as a woman may not cover their gender experiences. We continue to welcome any member of the LBTQI community who identifies as a woman,who is non-binary or genderqueer (an identity which does not fit the male or female binary), and has a history of being assigned female and who is also attracted to the same.” [Link]
As a person who loves Motorcycles and the culture of inclusion that many clubs DO practice. All for the love of the ride love what they have done in this inclusion statement. Soon I will be riding again and enjoying the love of the road and the Brother/Sisterhood of those who enjoy the same. I am going to share the link to the Dykes on Bikes membership for those who ride and are in the LBTQI community. I would also like to say a personal thank you to these wonderful allies and all they do for our communities.
Dykes on Bikes membership [Link]
As always I am always happy to bring good news to the Transgender Community. But do please understand that this is not always possible to do. But the more we act with understanding of others’ needs and wants barriers to who we are will fall. Life will become just as it should be normal.