Local musician Toya Delazy has been criticised online for a series of tweets she posted last week that have been labelled as transphobic towards transgender women.
The openly gay artist, however, claims she was misunderstood when appearing to suggest that transgender women are not real women because they don’t have vaginas and wombs.
As reported by MambaOnline, in a now-deleted tweet, Delazy asked: “How can a women be transphobic for wanting to pee in a toilet with no male energy. I respect who people think they are but not at my inconvenience the world is going mad (sic). Females bleed, we have a womb & vagina, can we please not share this with the male species WHAT IS WOMAN? (sic)”, she concluded.
One follower tweeted at her, saying that “some females don’t bleed nor have wombs. Whoever identifies themselves as females, they are females. You are being transphobic vele because you are ignoring and disregarding trans woman since most don’t have wombs nor get periods (sic).”
When, as a result, Delazy further got accused of being a TERF (trans-exclusionary radical feminist), she insisted that was referring to straight cisgender men using unisex toilets, and not transgender women.
“I NEVER MENTIONED TRANS – I SAID NO TO UNISEX TOILET I EXPLAINED MY POSITION – YALL DRAGGED TRANSPHOBIA IN … I AM A PROUD MEMBER OF THE LGBTQI BUT I CAN’T EVEN GET A WORD IN ON MATTERS THAT ACTUALLY AFFECT US – THE TOILET SHOULD BE A SAFE SPACE FOR THE WOMB. PLEASE LISTEN,” her official response read in all capital letters (sic).