LGBT charity hits out at split reports

Stonewall

Stonewall has said that reports of a major split are inaccurate 

24th October 2019 by Gareth Jones 1 Comment

An equality charity has hit out at reports of a major split.

Stonewall has called claims that it is splitting due to a row over inclusion for transgender people inaccurate.

The Telegraph reported that, following a meeting this week, a breakaway group entitled the LGB Alliance has been formed to “counteract the confusion between sex and gender which is now frequent in the public sector and in several places”.  

However the charity has highlighted that none of the people involved in the new group are staff or trustees.

Paul Twocock, Stonewall interim chief executive, said: “There is no truth to reports of Stonewall ‘splitting’, so please ignore the alarmist headlines.

“These stories don’t refer to any current Stonewall staff or trustees. There is no equality for lesbian, gay and bi people without equality for trans people. We’re all united in our mission to achieving acceptance without exception for all LGBT people.”

Speakers at the LGB Alliance event included Stonewall co-founder Simon Fanshawe and Miranda Yardley. The alliance describes its mission as “asserting the right of lesbians, bisexuals and gay men to define themselves as same-sex attracted”, saying: “Gender is a social construct.”

30th November 2019 by Paul Brownsey

One need not be hostile to trans people to be puzzled by the relentless lumping together of trans people and gay people as "the LGBT community".To be gay is not as such to be trans. Neither I (I am male) nor my husband conceives himself to be a woman. And while being gay is a matter of the sex of the people to whom you are attracted, being trans is not a sexual orientation but is a matter of the sex you conceive yourself to belong to. When public announcements are made about "LGBT health needs", I am always very puzzled, because the health needs of those seeking to transition are likely to be very different from those of gay people. When I hear talk of "LGBT relationships" I am still more puzzled, because while LG and B are by definition to do with relationships, T isn't.