Blade Silvano: Woman who pretended to be man guilty of sex assault
Phil Shepka for BBC News, Cambridgeshire
A woman who pretended to be a man in order to deceive a woman into having sex with her has been convicted.
Blade Silvano used an unknown object and wore boxer shorts when she sexually assaulted the victim whom she met online, Cambridge Crown Court...
Lesbian groups are being banned from female-only spaces in bid to include men who identify as women, report claims
Sanchez Manning for Mail Online
An article about our report Lesbians without liberty.
• Gay women said to be meeting in secret to stop events being 'invaded by men'
• Research featured women's testimonies in survey about single-sex spaces
Lesbians without liberty
With a foreword by Joanna Cherry, this document investigates how the UK denies freedom of association to women who love women.
Discriminating against people because of their sexual orientation is a violation of their fundamental human rights. Alongside comments from many lesbians, we explain how the law needs to...
Joanna Cherry KC speaks about the importance of sexual orientation under the Equality Act
For LGBT History Month 2023, Joanna Cherry speaks in the House of Commons.
Read a transcript.
Registered charity set up in 2019 to advocate for the rights of gay, lesbian and bisexual people. Founded by two lesbians, Bev Jackson (who in 1970 was a founding member of the UK Gay Liberation Front) and Kate Harris (who was formerly an active supporter of, and fundraiser for,...
Freedom of belief matters
Sex Matters’ response to a call for input by the United Nations’ Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Sex Matters responds to CPS consultation
Sex Matters has responded to the Crown Prosecution Service’s public consultation on its proposed revision to the section on “deception as to gender” in its guidance on prosecuting rape and serious sexual offences. In fact what the chapter should be called is “deception as to sex”. The case law...
19th December 2022
Response to the Crown Prosecution Service’s consultation on deception as to sex
Sex Matters examines the proposed revision to the CPS’s legal guidance on Rape and Serious Sexual Offences, Chapter 6 – Consent
Gay Men’s Network: Deception as to biological sex in cases of rape and serious sexual offences
Response to the Crown Prosecution Service’s consultation.
"We urge a radical and comprehensive re-think reflecting the law in this area and properly weighing in the balance the interests of victims."
The Lesbian Project
Founded in March 2023 to highlight and champion the experiences, insights and sensibilities of lesbians in all their diversity. Intended to give voice and influence to women whose stories are too often overlooked. Works to build a knowledge base about lesbian lives, promote sensible and evidence-based policy, and contribute...
Converting minds or bodies?
A riposte to the Good Law Project’s published advice on conversion therapy
16th August 2022
Trans Widows Voices
A trans widow is a woman (usually heterosexual) whose male partner or husband believes that they have a gender identity other than “man” or who cross-dresses. Often women also report having experienced that their husband or partner has autogynephilia (AGP). Women in this situation report feeling as if their...
Groups defending sex-based rights
Overview of groups opposing sex self-ID in the UK, set up by individuals and collectives concerned by the failure of established third-sector organisations to defend women’s sex-based rights, child safeguarding and evidence-based policymaking. Also listed on our website.
What is conversion therapy?
Stella O’Malley of Genspect explains… “Gay conversion therapy” is the term given to attempts to change a person’s sexual orientation from gay to straight. This includes demeaning and painful practices such as electric shocks, forced watching of pornography and, in extreme cases, “corrective rape”. Such abhorrent practices are now...
15th June 2022
Sex Matters briefing for conversion therapy debate
On Monday 13th June there will be a Westminster Hall debate on introducing “gender identity” into the planned government bill to ban gay conversion therapy. This is a debate following a public petition. It is not a government motion, but a government Minister will respond. This is Sex Matters’...
11th June 2022
“Conversion” therapy or just therapy?
On 23rd May 2022 an article appeared in the i news stating that Dr Az Hakeem was under investigation for attempting to “practise transgender conversion therapy”. Dr Az Hakeem is a psychiatrist now in private practice after more than 15 years working in the NHS. He is Fellow of...
8th June 2022