Open letter in support of Graham Linehan’s challenges to gender identity ideology

One thousand women have signed on to a letter in support of Graham Linehan, who has been subject to a vicious smear campaign led by trans activists.

Graham Linehan (Image: Wikimedia Commons/re:publica)

We are a group of women from all walks of life who are united in our concerns about the effects of gender ideology on the wellbeing and autonomy of women and girls. We wish to find a reasonable solution to the now acknowledged conflicts between the rights of women, both heterosexual and lesbian, and the rights of transgender people.

In recent times Graham Linehan (best known as co-writer of sitcoms like Father Ted, Black Books, and The I.T. Crowd) has been one of the few public figures to stand up for women. He has listened to us, spoken up in support, and used his platform to amplify women’s voices. He’s been an ally to lesbians who are usually marginalized within “LGBTQ” and who are experiencing particular types of sexism and homophobia as a result of gender ideology.

In return, Mr Linehan has been subjected to repeated smears and abuse, most recently by Paris Lees in British Vogue. Regrettably, Stonewall’s chair of trustees, Jan Gooding, has joined in with the smearing of Mr Linehan on Twitter, supported by Guardian commentator Owen Jones and Anthony Watson, a trustee of Stonewall’s US equivalent, GLAAD and donor to Stonewall.

Women have been protesting, challenging, and writing about this issue for years, but until relatively recently have been largely ignored by mainstream media. Mr Linehan chose to offer his platform and his public profile to boost the concerns of women, despite the personal cost to him and his family. We welcome his involvement in this debate and thank him for listening and being steadfast in his support.

Signed

Janice Williams

Emily Sawyer

Kay Stokes

Nina Malik

Kirsty Willing

Lowri Brueton

Maureen Deacon

Jen Gourley

Tara Kaufman

Cathy Sorenson

Bibi Jaspert

Caroline Spry

Kathryn Congdon

Lisa Marchiano

Heidi Siggers

Dr. Katie Clyde

Diane Jones

Coral Casey

Jo Clayton

Nikki Finch

Mary Hickman

Cathy Boardman

Esther Giles

Jayne Egerton

Dr. Louise Moody

Miriam Ben-Shalom

Catherine Drury

Jennifer Miller

Isabelle Tracy

Emma Jane Dolan

Monika Neall

Terry Sharp

Louise Paine

Emma Johnson

Gaye Chapman

Chiara Canaan

Tracey Smith

Lynne Walsh

Bronwen Davies

Rosemary Aikman Bull

Lorrie Hartshorn

Catherine Connor

Olivia Smith

Vikki Edwards

Alison Wren

Marie Almond

Tracey Gardner

Susan King

Julie Timbrell

Jan Oliver

Inji Duducu

Jean Molloy

Juliette Sergeant

Heather Moore

Amber Ravenscroft

Helen Wheatley

Ashley Braman

Diane McGowan

Shelley Williams

Irene Starace

Dr Tracy Mitchell

Kate Jerrold

Holly Brewer

Rachel King

Maria MacLachlan

Debbie Dowler

Jessica Newbold

Laura McColm

Debbie Galton

Katy Brown

Jo Boyd-Woolley

Janine Pike

Justine Kreher

Jacky Hollyoake

Nichole Watts

Susan Harris

Sasha Stephens

Charlotte Edwards

Helena Coates

Bev White

Kathleen Stock

Dr. Jane Clare Jones

Helen Bailey

Lisa Ware

Jenny Ross

Jane Harris

Sara McGrail

Natasha Chart

Jo Bartosch

Helen Watts

Dr. Lesley Semmens

Steph Fullerton

Stephanie Davies-Arai

Meg Shivelight

Shelley Charlesworth

Kate Scottow

Rachel Rooney

Bo Novak

Helen Staniland

Susan Matthews

Jane Galloway

Lily Maynard

Nicky Wallace

Julia R

Cath McGee

Anya Palmer

Hazel Archer

Juliet Oosthuysen

Olivia Fletcher

Helen Saxby

Kate Styles

Arielle Scarcella

Amy Dyess

Rona Stewart

Zoë Lafantaisie

Alison Simona

Barbara Lapthorn

Ophelia Benson

Sarah Wilson

Caroline Farrow

Amanda Bickerton

Melissa Mallows

Victoria Pritchard

Rhonda Thompson

Ruth Haynes

Alison Morris

Ruth Dineen

Danielle Mansfield

Maya Bowen

Michaela-Clare Addison

Angela Grier

Carrie Bednarski

Stacy Dianne Kennedy

Penny MacArthur

Barbara Hughes

Barbara Lapthorn

Tessa McInnes

Lucia Donovan

Rebecca Pennington

Wendy Lisa Gibbons

Alice Bondi

Meghan Murphy

Cathy Love

Kate Jerrold

Angela Grier

Jennifer Miller

Rebecca Harrison

Ali Ceesay

Julian Vigo

Matesa McKeefery

Louise Somerville

E Parry

Will Clark

Cerian Smith

Gemma Griffiths

Imogen Saiz

Ann Sinnott

Rosie Kerr

Lynne Alderton

Magi Gibson

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Kate Harris

Eleanor Pickets

Stella O’Malley

Nicola Wallace

Alicia Hendley

Marina Strinkovsky

Vicki Edwards

Mandy Tevendale

Angela Dixon

Louise Cairns

Liz Vickers

Marion Calder

Leya Terra

Liz Pitt

Dianne Vine

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Lynne Thomason

Lauren Bryce

Lindsey Cooper-Brown

Anna Hillier

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Jane Loe

Claire Holmes

Kirsty Johnston

Susan Smith

Maggie Melon

Lauren Leeman

Melissa Kramer

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Sarah Johnson

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Rebekah Wershbale

Jeni England

Beth Connolly

Darina Roche Kiang

Sally E Grummitt

Claire Graham

Angela Styles

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Karen Kruzycka

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Karen McInnes

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Leanne Bentley

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