Trans comedienne shares disturbing clip showing victim of verbal abuse at LGB Alliance conference
Disturbing video footage has emerged showing trans comedian Jen Ives being verbally abused and called a ‘pervert’ while attending the LGB Alliance conference last year.
The event organized by the controversial political group took place on October 21 and brought together figures such as comedian Graham Linehan and Labor MP Rosie Duffield.
Attendees at the Queen Elizabeth II Center in London were invited to watch panels on ‘freedom of speech’ and the alleged threat of ‘transgender ideology’.
LGB Alliance founder Malcolm Clark also shared a photo of himself posing with a cardboard cutout of Harry Potter author JK Rowling, which drew criticism for his stance on transgender rights. Rowling did not attend the conference and had no connection with the cut. She has repeatedly denied allegations that she is transphobic.
Ives, a bisexual trans woman whose stand-up comedy has been championed by stars such as James Acaster, first spoke out about the incident last year.
She said New roses that she paid for a ticket and had a “good conversation” with two men, one of whom respected her pronouns after revealing that she was trans. However, the other man reportedly left after learning this, then returned with a camera pointed at her.
“He was much taller than me, leaning over me with his camera,” Ives said at the time. “He called me a nuncio, fucking pervert. He was talking about estrogen, hormones and all kinds of things.
Video footage of the incident was shared from Ives’ Twitter account on Wednesday, March 23. In the clip, which was reportedly shared and then deleted by the man who filmed it, Ives can be seen standing with a friend while the man yells at him and repeatedly says, “You’re a man.”
A woman present told Ives that she was “provocative” by attending the conference.
“I’m raging”, can we hear the man who is filming say. “You are a mentally ill autogynephilic pervert.”
“Video footage has surfaced (recorded by author) of me being harassed at the LGB Alliance conference,” Ives wrote in a tweet sharing the video. “Look how long it takes for QE2 security to get involved.”
In a response tweet, she remarked, “What this video doesn’t demonstrate much, and is for me the most frightening aspect, is the lack of empathy from the women around me. They emboldened , supported and relished my harassment and continued to blame me as the victim long after.
Journalist and LGBT+ activist Owen Jones was among those who voiced his support for Ives, tweeting: “This is a truly disgusting transphobic rant, and underlines the kind of hate the ‘LGB Alliance’… attracts.
“The trans woman is called mentally ill and perverted because she is… a trans woman. This is horrifying and untrue,” author and activist Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu tweeted.
The Independent contacted representatives of Ives and the LGB Alliance for comment.
The LGB Alliance was founded in 2019 and is a registered charity. It has been the subject of much controversy and has been called “anti-trans” and “dangerous” by critics including comedian and actor Matt Lucas.
“The LGB Alliance is an anti-trans group,” he wrote on Twitter. “That’s all it is. It does not represent me, nor the homosexuals I want to know.
On its website, the LGB Alliance says accusations that the group is transphobic are a “myth”.
“The issues and priorities of people who are attracted to the same sex (gay/bisexual) are different from those of transgender people, and so, with a number of organizations focused on trans people and trans issues, we focus on lesbians, gay men and bisexual people and their issues,” they said in a statement.