'Menstruation is not just a women's issue' say Lib Dem activists

'Menstruation is not just a women's issue' say Lib Dem activists

August 27, 2023

‘Menstruation is not just a women’s issue’ say Lib Dem trans rights activists ahead of party conference vote

  • Members asked to agree periods ‘also affect some trans and non-binary people’

The Liberal Democrats will vote on whether to agree that menstruation is ‘not just a women’s issue’ but also one that affects trans people.

Members at its annual conference in Bournemouth next month will be asked to agree that periods ‘also affect some trans and non-binary people’.

The position is part of a wider conference motion on period poverty that includes a call for better access to sanitary products.

It also wants better education for children and teachers ‘to ensure an appreciation for the lived experience of menstruation’.

It comes after party leader Sir Ed Davey made headlines in May by saying a woman can ‘quite clearly’ have a penis, in a discussion on trans rights. 

Members at the event in Bournemouth next month will be asked to agree that periods ‘also affect some trans and non-binary people’.

It comes after party leader Sir Ed Davey made headlines in May by saying a woman can ‘quite clearly’ have a penis, in a row over trans rights.

Sir Ed was asked for his views on the issue as he took part in a wide-ranging radio phone-in.

A caller named Mary asked him on LBC to explain ‘what is a woman’, saying she was a tactical voter asking ‘on behalf of 51 per cent of the population’.

Sir Ed told her ‘the vast majority of people whose biological sex is a woman when they were birth (sic), they feel they’re women … but there’s this very small number of people who don’t feel like that’.

Presenter Nick Ferrari then twice asked: ‘Can a woman have a penis?’ Eventually, the Lib Dem leader replied: ‘Well, quite clearly.’

The conference motion was brought forward by the party’s branch in Lambeth, south London  and the Young Liberals.

It states: ‘Menstruation is not just a women’s issue, and also affects some trans and non-binary people.’

Elsewhere it asks the conference to note that ‘period products are a human right, not a luxury’, and demands the government ‘introduce a right for people in England to access a choice of free period products’.

A Lib Dem spokesman said: ‘Period poverty is an issue that needs addressing urgently. At Liberal Democrat conference, we will be debating policies to deal with the cost-of-living crisis and the crisis in our NHS both caused by this chaotic Conservative Government.’ 

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