(Photo: Venice Allan /Facebook)
Venice Allan, a 43-year-old from South London, has had her membership of the Labour Party suspended for reasons including posts on social media.
Allan is also known as ‘Dr Radfem’ and is highly vocal with her opposition to transgender rights.
Her social media feeds frequently feature transphobic memes and statements.
Taking to Twitter on Monday evening, Allan said that one of these transphobic memes was used in evidence against her in regards to her alleged suspension.
(Photo: @DrRadFem / Twitter)
She posted the meme in question, which she claimed was partially responsible for her suspension, on her twitter.
Allan then continued to say that she hoped she was suspended if the Labour Party continued to support trans rights and prohibit her transphobia.
“If stating that males are men means that Labour don’t want me, quite frankly I hope they chuck me out,” she said.
(Photo: @DrRadFem /Twitter)
Allan has been involved in the organising of a national tour to discuss potential changes to the Gender Recognition Act, as well as running a regular video blog on trans issues.
Her online presence frequently attracts criticism, with her tweets frequently called ‘bigoted’ and ‘hateful’ by other Twitter users.
Allan is also one of the people involved in a recent campaign to eliminate transgender women from all-women’s shortlists, stating her alleged involvement in the Lewisham and Deptford constituency Labour Party (CLP.)
A crowdfunding initiative began earlier this month to launch a legal challenge against the potential inclusion of trans women within the all-women’s shortlists.
There are zero openly transgender MPs in Parliament, but the campaigners have so far raised more than £18,000 to pursue legal action against the party, claiming that “transgender-identified males” were pushing “biological” women out of their roles.
Over 1,000 people have contributed to the campaign, with several people using the names of prominent trans people and allies to falsely donate to the campaign.
As gender identity is a protected characteristic, it is likely that any legal challenge would fail immediately.
In response to the crowdfunding campaign, a Labour Party spokesperson told PinkNews: “All women shortlists in the Labour Party have always been open to all women, which of course includes trans women.”
The ‘Keep All Women Shortlists Female’ campaign has been condemned by several councillors and MPs.
Allan responds to her suspension (Photo: @DrRadFem / Twitter)
A meeting of the Labour Party’s national executive committee (NEC) is expected on Tuesday to clarify Labour’s policies regarding gender and self-identification.