A 43-year-old lesbian has claimed she’s seen first-hand people who identify as trans women ‘bully’ and coerce ‘naïve and vulnerable’ lesbian girls as young as 14-years-old into a relationship.
Lucy Masoud, an ex-firefighter turned barrister who assisted with the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, from , made the comments following claims that lesbians have faced accusations as a sexual partner.
In total, 66 per cent said they felt intimidated or had received threats in their LGBT groups.
‘What I’m seeing in clubs are young lesbians, who are a bit naïve, essentially being bullied into having relationship with people who describe themselves as women, who clearly aren’t women,’ explained Lucy, speaking exclusively to FEMAIL. ‘And when they try and say no, or say that’s something they’re not interested in, they are accused of being transphobic, or of being bigots.’
Lucy Masoud (pictured), an ex firefighter turned barrister, 43, from London, has spoken out following claims that lesbians have faced accusations of transphobia and threats of violence if they admit they are not attracted to trans women.
Lucy (pictured) claimed she’s seen first-hand people who identify as trans women ‘essentially bully’ vulnerable lesbian girls as young as 14-years-old in clubs and bars into dating them
In reference to the survey, Lucy said ‘that’s exactly what’s going on’ – adding that it’s something she has personally noticed in the last six years or so.
‘You’re getting trans women who haven’t been through any kind of medical transition, who haven’t even attempted to change their appearances, who claim to be trans, or non-binary or gender fluid, who are self-identifying as lesbians.
‘You can self-identify as you want, it has no impact on my life.But the difficulty comes when these people, who are self-identifying as lesbians, then demand that lesbians accept them as lesbians and accept them into their dating circle.
‘My experience of what I’m seeing on the gay scene is that there are lots of very young lesbians, some very vulnerable at just 14, 15 or 16-years-old, who are obviously not attracted to biological men – hence they’re lesbians – who are being coerced into dating trans women.
Lucy continued: ‘I’m a 43-year-old woman and can tell someone to f*** off, whereas young lesbians, who are just coming out of the closest and want to be a part of the community – the gay community which has become the queer community – which is dominated by straight men…it’s those people I really worry for.
‘It’s those people who are being coerced, just like the article says, into having sex with people they don’t want to have sex with because they want to fit in.’
Lucy (pictured) said she finds it ‘really sinister’ and ‘rapey’ that if she doesn’t sleep with people who are biological men, she’s somehow labelled a ‘bigot’ or a ‘transphobe’
Discussing more of her personal experiences, Lucy noted how she was banned from Hinge after she said she was only interested in people who were ‘biologically female.’
She set up her profile to ‘women seeking women’, and found every third or fourth match was a trans-woman.
Lucy altered her profile to read: ‘All I ask is that you be on time, don’t moan about me getting overly involved in Love Island and that you’re a biological female.’
After declaring her preference, she was then permanently banned from the app for ‘transphobia’.
‘It was clear that a number of people had complained about my profile saying I was transphobic,’ she said.’You need to remember this is 2020. I’d been out of the closest since I was 16. When I was 16 I could happily say I’m a lesbian and same-sex attracted and that I’d only sleep with women.
‘Now, I can’t say that and if I do, I’m accused of being a bigot and a transphobe which just seems crazy to me that as a 43-year-old woman, I’m less safe now to say I’m same-sex attracted than I was when I was 16.’
Lucy also says she’s taken issue with some of the comments made on social media – and specifically referenced those written by journalists Owen Jones and Ash Sarkar (pictured)
Lucy continued: ‘If you’re an “out” lesbian who will sleep with a biological man, then you’re not a lesbian, you’re bisexual – and that’s fine.But there are people, like myself, who are same-sex attracted, who don’t sleep with people who have a penis.
‘That doesn’t make us a bigot, it doesn’t make us transphobic, that makes us lesbians – same sex attracted.’
Lucy also says she’s taken issue with some of the comments made on social media – and specifically noted those written by journalists Owen Jones and Ash Sarkar.
In reference to the survey, Ash took to Twitter and penned: ‘Nobody should be pressured into sex with anybody, for any reason.
‘I wouldn’t want someone to feel they had to have sex with me out of social pressure, but it’d be fair to ask whether racism plays a part in announcing every 5mins that they’d never sleep with a woman of colour.’
In response to Ash’s comment, Owen Jones wrote: ‘It’s beyond belief that the BBC published such unbelievably appalling journalism, based on no reliable data and the testimonies of anti-trans activists.You’d expect to find this sort of conspiratorial hate on the darkest recesses of the internet, not on the BBC.’
Lucy (pictured) branded the wide-spread criticism the survey has received as ‘nonsense’
‘They should be taking a step back and saying, “right, a big chunk of these 80 people have said this is happening and are essentially saying they’re being coerced into having sex with people they don’t want to – which is rape. What shall we do about that and how shall we protect these people?” said Lucy.
‘But they’re not doing that – they’re too concerned with throwing the word transphobe about.’
Lucy went on to recall one particularly memorable experience in a bar around three years ago when a trans woman was sexually touching herself inappropriately.
‘When it was raised with the staff they wouldn’t do anything about it,’ claimed Lucy.’If that was a man or woman who was acting that way you would throw them out. So why is it OK for this trans woman to do it just because they’re trans?
‘Why is it OK for me as a lesbian, who wants to use a lesbian-only space, for various different reasons, to have to share that space with biological men?
She continued: ‘Again, it’s not anti-trans at all.Many of my trans friends absolutely agree with me. Trans people should absolutely be respected and protected in society and have exactly the same rights as we have – and I would march in the street to support that.
‘However, biological man can not be a lesbian and I have absolutely the right not to include biological men in my dating circle, and I have the absolute right to say I would never date a trans woman because I never would.
‘That doesn’t make me transphobic, it doesn’t make me a bigot, it makes me a lesbian.’
BBC is accused of transphobia by more than 8,000 in open letter over ‘propaganda’ article about lesbians who said they felt ‘pressured into sex by some trans women’
By BHVISHYA PATEL FOR MAILONLINE
The is facing a backlash after it published an article about lesbians who felt pressured into having sex with trans women over fears of being branded ‘transphobic’.
More than 8,000 people signed an open letter to the broadcaster after journalist Caroline Lowbridge described the pressures three lesbian women had allegedly faced from trans women to have sex.
In the piece, Ms Lowbridge attempted to discover how ‘widespread’ the issue was across the country and said several people had contacted her about the pressures to ‘accept the idea that a penis can be a female sex organ’.
The author acknowledged it was ‘difficult to determine the true scale of the problem’ and referred to a survey carried out by the campaigning group Get the L Out – which reported 56 per cent of respondents had felt pressured or been coerced into accepting a as a sexual partner.
Now, more than 8,000 people have signed an open letter condemning the ‘propaganda’ piece and accused the BBC of transphobia.
The BBC is facing a backlash after it published an article by Caroline Lowbridge which described the pressures three lesbian women had allegedly faced from their trans partners into having sex
In her article Ms Lowbridge spoke to three women, who used aliases, and said they had experienced a backlash after stating they would not want to have sex with a trans woman.
Jennie, a lesbian who is only attracted to women who are biologically female, said she has been described as transphobic, a genital fetishist, a pervert and a ‘terf’ – website by Caroline Lowbridge titled ”We’re being pressured into sex by some trans women”.
More than 8,000 people have now signed an open letter condemning the article
‘The article headline may use the word ”some”, but the clear implication of the article and its headline is that transgender women as a minority group pose a threat to cisgender lesbians, and should therefor have their rights restricted in the UK.
‘The implications proposed by this article suggest that transgender women generally pose a risk to cisgender lesbians in great enough numbers that it is newsworthy, and something the general public should consider as a common occurrence rather than a matter of incredibly rare, isolated experiences.
‘The article uses a deeply flawed study that doesn’t meet BBC guidelines, and anecdotal accounts from known transphobic hate groups who actively campaign for transgender people to lose their legal recognition as their gender.’
The letter goes on to say that the article ‘dangerously frames this as a widespread issue’ while acknowledging that there is’ no actual evidence to that effect outside of isolated claims.’
It adds: ‘We do not dispute the claim that there are likely isolated cases of cisgender lesbians who have been pressured in the past into sex by transgender women who viewed their genital preference as transphobic, however to paint this as a widespread occurrence, or the norm, is incredibly dangerous.
‘It is obviously a tragedy any time any person is coerced into sex and their consent violated, but the answer to that is not to paint an entire minority group as potential rapists.’
The letter also criticised the recent survey carried out by Get the L Out and said the group surveyed had already believed transgender women are men.
In response to criticism about their coverage earlier this week, a BBC spokesperson said: ‘The article looks at a complex subject from different perspectives and acknowledges it is difficult to assess the extent of the issue.
‘It includes testimony from a range of different sources and provides appropriate context. It went through our rigorous editorial processes.
‘It is important that journalism looks at issues – even where there are strongly held positions.
‘The BBC is here to ensure debate and to make sure a wide a range of voices are heard.’
MailOnline has contacted the BBC for comment.