Beth Ditto Responds to London Pride TERF Controversy With Inspiring Instagram Post: 'We Keep Trying'
Indie rock singer-songwriter Beth Ditto has made a name for herself as an outspoken feminist lesbian. The Arkansas-born former frontwoman of Gossip has identified herself as a “fat feminist lesbian” since the start of her career. But Ditto wants to make it clear -- she is not a TERF.
Ditto posted a photo of herself and her trans bassist Teddy Kwo on Instagram late Thursday night (July 12), offering up a message of unconditional support for the LGBTQ community following an anti-trans protest at this year’s London Pride. “In the wake of London pride and with all of the anti trans rhetoric there that was trying to overshadow the beauty of our movement and celebration of our struggle," she said. Ditto added that working with Kwo is like having "a ray of sunshine at my side."
The post references a protest at London Pride on Sunday, July 7, in which a group of trans-exclusionary radical feminists (or TERFs) led the parade for its entirety, spouting anti-trans epithets and sharing transphobic pamphlets and messages with the crowd. “Transactivism erases lesbians,” one sign read.
Ditto elaborated in her post that in every fight for equality, there were times when those fighting felt discouraged and beaten down. But she emphasized the importance of persistence: “Yes, we do try and make sure everyone is respected and supported and still navigate an entire movement with so much at stake BUT WE KEEP TRYING,” she wrote.
The singer ended her post by saying that those fighting for LGBTQ equality must look back on past fights and use that as motivation to continue forward. “I need all of y’all,” she said. “Thank you for being out there and just fucking living your reality and truths.”
Ditto will join Sam Smith’s U.S. leg of his “Thrill of It All Tour” in August. Read her full Instagram post below:
In the wake of London pride and with all of the anti trans rhetoric there that was trying to overshadow the beauty of our movement and celebration of our struggle, with all of the anti woman, anti trans, homophobia , racism , classism (the list goes on )causing fear to surge through all of my friend’s and loved one’s veins right now. I am so proud to say I always have a ray of sunshine at my side . Being in the open. Being seen and heard. I remember we are strong and resilient human beings with a lot to lose. But also we’ve always had a lot to give. Yes, giving gets exhausting. Yes, it’s difficult to always be the ones to take the high road. Yes!we do try and make sure everyone is respected and supported and still navigate an entire movement with so much at stake BUT WE KEEP TRYING !I just want to remind US! that no one has ever given movements ANYTHING. We always had to take care of ourselves. And look out for each other until the battle was won. And although it feels so bleak, don’t forget that! Don’t forget all the movements that came before. We only can see the result of them. There was turmoil, infighting, debate, fall outs on the inside all the way. But still they pressed on. And succeeded. We have to do the same. I need all of y’all! Thank you for being out there and just fucking living your reality and truths. #visibility #strengthineachother