Happy Lesbian Visibility Week from British Cycling

(27 Posts)
Feralgoose Mon 03-May-21 10:26:43

This arrived in my email for British Cycling ride leaders on the 'female only' Breeze rides program.

They say "This week is Lesbian Visibility Week which aims to show solidarity with all LGBTQI women and non-binary people in all communities, as well as celebrate lesbians. It is essential that Lesbian Visibility Week is a voice for unity and lifts up ALL women, especially those who come from marginalised communities.To help support the LGBTQI community in recreational cycling, we wanted to share a sports toolkit from Stonewall."

This has really got my goat. LVW wasn't even mentioned in the regular BC members emails or other things I get from them. Do they think lesbians never go to any of their other events or rides? Why do Breeze leaders have to promote a load of non-lesbians in LVW? Also I should check my emails earlier as the week is gone now, I know.

I just wanted a rant. I read the Breeze leader's submission to the WESC linked in another thread and thought I might get disciplined if I complained.

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Monicuddle Mon 03-May-21 10:29:57

For LVW could all lesbians stand at the back please because we can’t see everyone else when you’re in the way.

SaucyHorse Mon 03-May-21 10:34:56

That is so utterly bizarre... why should Lesbian Visibility Week be about ALL women?? Most women aren't lesbians.

Why can't something that is supposed to be for lesbians actually be for lesbians? Rhetorical question, I know the reason is 'so nobody hurts a man's feelings', but that is just so blatantly disrespectful.

AfternoonToffee Mon 03-May-21 10:39:09

Ahh yes Lesbian Visibility Week, so we'll just tag those pesky lesbians on the end after we have celebrated every man one else first.

ErrolTheDragon Mon 03-May-21 10:42:17

Disrespectful and disgraceful.

Feralgoose Mon 03-May-21 10:44:02

It shouldn't really surprise me. I've seen how BC treats women. It's all about centering men even in the women's program sad

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SaucyHorse Mon 03-May-21 10:44:47

I can't get over the way they put 'and also celebrate lesbians' as if that would be the secondary purpose!

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GCAcademic Mon 03-May-21 10:45:34

It seems they are desperate for it to be Heterosexual Males Week, just like every other week of the year.

InspiralCoalescenceRingdown Mon 03-May-21 10:54:18

I can't get over the way they put 'and also celebrate lesbians' as if that would be the secondary purpose!

I know, right? Bonkers.

It's a tissue paper pride flag veneer over bad old fashioned homophobia.

aliasundercover Mon 03-May-21 11:05:09

Cycling UK are no better, they've also been Stonewalled. If it wasn't for the cheap insurance I wouldn't go anywhere near them.

SirVixofVixHall Mon 03-May-21 11:09:42

GCAcademic

It seems they are desperate for it to be Heterosexual Males Week, just like every other week of the year.

This.

IheartJKR Mon 03-May-21 11:09:46

Yes those pesky lesbians.

Not only do they have the audacity of being born women, they reject cock.

There is no movement in the world controlled by men that will ever Centre lesbians or allow anyone else to Centre lesbians without disrupting at every available opportunity.

ArabellaScott Mon 03-May-21 11:13:36

What a fucking shitshow.

ChakaDakotaRegina Mon 03-May-21 12:54:14

It just reads like trolling.

Alternista Mon 03-May-21 13:06:39

God, that’s appalling.

ThomasPenman Mon 03-May-21 13:11:29

It reads just like the email we got at my work which is nothing to do with British Cycling. And now I'm thinking, of course! Everyone's received the same circular on how best to promote this week haven't they? It's just copy and paste.

SirVixofVixHall Mon 03-May-21 13:13:33

ArabellaScott

What a fucking shitshow.

Sums it up well.

Ereshkigalangcleg Mon 03-May-21 13:39:06

Everyone's received the same circular on how best to promote this week haven't they? It's just copy and paste.

Yes it does seem that way. Lazy corporate bollocks.

Wtfdidwedo Mon 03-May-21 13:42:19

ThomasPenman

It reads just like the email we got at my work which is nothing to do with British Cycling. And now I'm thinking, of course! Everyone's received the same circular on how best to promote this week haven't they? It's just copy and paste.

Yes I received something similar in my public sector job. I was confused as to why during LVW I was told to think about LGBTQ as a whole.

Ereshkigalangcleg Mon 03-May-21 13:49:22

Really disrespectful for lesbians, but we know which organisations it will have come from.

ErrolTheDragon Mon 03-May-21 13:58:12

* I was confused as to why during LVW I was told to think about LGBTQ as a whole.*

A quick Google for 'Lesbian Visibility Week' indicates it was ^ founded in 2020 by Linda Riley, DIVA magazine's publisher^

Go figure....

ChakaDakotaRegina Mon 03-May-21 13:58:27

I don’t know if it’s a global one but we had an article for trans visibility week but
absolutely nothing for this

Quadzilla Mon 03-May-21 14:15:27

Please do complain OP. I know two other Breeze volunteers who have also complained.

There are Stonewall’s tentacles all over BC. The pushback needs to happen.

IvyTwines2 Mon 03-May-21 14:24:37

This very much feels like the sexuality version of the #AllLivesMatter hashtag.

allmywhat Mon 03-May-21 15:28:15

Everyone's received the same circular on how best to promote this week haven't they? It's just copy and paste.

It seems ill-judged. Extremely aggressive messaging that’s likely to leave many people confused. And piss off a lot of lesbians. I know there’s a lot of lesbophobia out there, woke and old-school, but the message that Lesbian Visibility Week shouldn’t be about lesbians is still going to be jarring for many people. I hope being spammed with this aggressive bullshit has prompted more people to wake up.

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