LGB Alliance under fire after video of writer Jen Ives being verbally abused at conference

Shocking video footage is circulating on social media following the verbal abuse suffered by a comedian and writer at an LGB Alliance conference in London. The LGB Alliance, a controversial charity that says it is dedicated to lesbian, gay and bisexual people, held a conference in October last year where the incident took place. A warning trigger, the article contains embedded video of the agonizing altercation.

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In the footage, Jen Ives, a comedian and writer, can be seen being verbally assaulted by an event attendee and called “evil”. In the clip, she can be heard being verbally abused by an “enraged” man at the event and is deliberately misinterpreted on several occasions. During the incident, Jen was also called “mentally ill”.

The event, which took place on October 21 last year, was the charity’s first major conference, held at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Center in London. Journalist Owen Jones took to Twitter to show his support for Jen saying: “This is a truly disgusting transphobic rant, and underlines the kind of hate that ‘LGB Alliance’ nurtures and attracts.”

Founded in 2019, the LGB Alliance has been at the forefront of a number of controversies and public scrutiny. You can read more about it here. Many transgender activists and members of the LGBT+ community claim that the LGB Alliance is “trans-blind” and aims to keep the group out of LGBT+ activism. You can subscribe to our LGBT+ newsletter with news from across the UK here.

“One of the reasons I went there was because I found out they had just been given charity status,” Jen told WalesOnline. “I was shocked about that because I don’t think they demonstrated why they should be a charity. Although a lot of people are drawn to the video, I think for me the only thing that stood out was how great they were with their empathy.

“Usually most charities want to help people and pretty much everyone around me sort of sided with this guy instantly without any conversation with me. Ever since the event I’ve been accused of liar, for being a pervert for recording women in the restrooms and upsetting people at the event, which I didn’t do. I’m so glad this video came out because at least people can see that I wasn’t lying now.

“I mean the fact that it has charitable status is crazy to me because it’s literally designed and created as a way to exclude a certain group of people. Few charities do that They claim their conference wasn’t about trans people, it’s about inclusion and the rights of LGB people in particular, but I was there, I was sitting in the conference, I had access to their Literature. I spoke to all the booths that were there. It’s very clear that this main motive is to delegitimize trans people.

When asked to comment, the LGB Alliance praised security at the conference for intervening, but did not directly address the abuse allegations or condemn the actions. A spokesperson said: “All LGB Alliance events, including our annual conference, are open to everyone, regardless of political opinion or affiliation. We are of course aware that issues such as facilities segregated by sex evokes very strong feelings on both sides of the debate, and we would like to thank the conference participants and the security team who intervened to defuse the situation.