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Understand the LGBTQIA+ news this week: Allison Bailey, Stonewall, Tavistock, Monkeypox and more

Understand the LGBTQIA+ news this week: Allison Bailey, Stonewall, Tavistock, Monkeypox and more

Jamie Wareham
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Every Saturday QueerAF helps you understand the queer headlines and stay on top of the latest LGBTQIA+ content - all while we support queer creatives. It's written by me, Jamie Wareham, and a different queer creative each week.

πŸ’¬ This week:

  • Stonewall Wins. Founder of LGB Alliance Allison Bailey lost her attempt to 'sue' Stonewall this week - so why did the headlines say she won?
  • Tavistock Closes. The headlines might suggest this is because it was "not safe" - but when you look at the context, it's a different story.
  • Fiction. Author Harry Nicholas on why we need publishers to take chances on more queer fiction.

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πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ Stonewall wins: The headline you should have seen this week

The case has many parallels to the recent Maya Forstater employment tribunal that also received a disproportionately high amount of media coverage. This employment tribunal found Stonewall had NOT been found to have instructed, caused or induced Garden Court Chambers to discriminate against Allison Bailey.

An employment tribunal has ruled Allison Bailey, the barrister who co-founded gender-critical group 'LGB Alliance', was discriminated against. - BBC

However, for Bailey, the case was primarily about "suing" LGBTQ+ charity Stonewall. In fact, she raised over Β£500,000 in crowdfunding to do just that.

This week, though the employment tribunal awarded her Β£22,000 for "injury to feelings" it rejected the large majority of claims against her former employer and all against charity Stonewall.

Yet much of the coverage has claimed or implied that she won her claim against Stonewall. But by the barrister's own admission, she lost it.

It's a complicated case - so here is the TL;DR: