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Lesbian speed dating event is accused of transphobia for saying only ‘adult human females’ can attend – after concern when would-be matchmaker ‘turned up in a purple latex outfit… with an erection’

Lesbian speed dating event is accused of transphobia for saying only ‘adult human females’ can attend – after concern when would-be matchmaker ‘turned up in a purple latex outfit… with an erection’

  • Organiser Jenny Watson posted: ‘If you are male, please refrain from coming’
  • She said this was for ‘protection of sex-segregated spaces for lesbian women’
  • Stonegate Group, owners of pub where the event is held, is now investigating

A lesbian speed-dating event is at the centre of a transphobia row after the organiser insisted that only ‘adult human females’ can attend.

It follows outrage from attendees at the popular weekly £15-a-head event, held in Bloomsbury in London, after trans women tried to join. 

Last week, Jenny Watson, a town planner who runs the nights, posted on her website to share her rules. 

‘If you are male, please refrain from coming to the events, you are not a lesbian,’ she wrote. 

Ms Watson told The Mail on Sunday: ‘Last year, a person turned up sporting a purple latex outfit… and an erection. 

Organiser Jenny Watson, 31,  is at the centre of a transphobia row after she insisted that only ‘adult human females’ can attend a lesbian speed dating event

Organiser Jenny Watson, 31,  is at the centre of a transphobia row after she insisted that only ‘adult human females’ can attend a lesbian speed dating event

Members of an activists’ group reported Ms Watson to her London council employers as transphobic for insisting on social media that only ‘adult human females’ should attend and ‘lesbians don’t have penises’

Members of an activists’ group reported Ms Watson to her London council employers as transphobic for insisting on social media that only ‘adult human females’ should attend and ‘lesbians don’t have penises’

‘Another time, a trans woman came into the female toilet and pushed their body at a woman who was upset and told me after. It got me thinking that this isn’t fair on women.’

Ms Watson, 31, added: ‘Transgender individuals deserve respect. But there is a need for protection of sex-segregated spaces for lesbian women.’

Members of an activists’ group reported Jenny to her London council employers as transphobic for insisting on social media that only ‘adult human females’ should attend. 

They also accused her of being transphobic for saying that ‘lesbians don’t have penises’. 

An inquiry into the get-togethers was last night under way by Stonegate Group, the owners of the College Arms, the pub where the event is held.

Stonegate Group, the owners of the College Arms in Bloomsbury, is now looking into claims that the event is not trans-inclusive

Stonegate Group, the owners of the College Arms in Bloomsbury, is now looking into claims that the event is not trans-inclusive

The row about lesbian speed dating comes just days after large chain Costa Coffee faced backlash over a cartoon they advertised seemingly featuring a transgender man with mastectomy scars. 

The illustration was branded ‘crass and irresponsible’ and ‘absolutely bonkers’ by gender-critical campaigners. 

Some people found the sign offensive towards women who have had to undergo double mastectomies while suffering with breast cancer.  

 The chain defended its use of the image to promote ‘inclusivity and diversity’.

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