Trans ideology has ruined the credibility of gay activism: Stonewall founder

Trans ideology has ruined the credibility of gay activism: Stonewall founder

One of the co-founders of the far-left LGBTQ charity Stonewall has accused the group of discrediting equal rights activism by embracing far-left ideology about transgenderism, such as claiming there is no difference between the bodies of men and women.

The LGBTQ activists in Stonewall have lost the plot, according to Simon Fanshawe OBE, who was one of the group’s six founders in 1989. Fanshawe, an openly gay man who has spent decades campaigning for equal rights in Britain, said he and others have made gains by engaging with others of different opinions.

In contrast, the Stonewall co-founder accused the current group of trans activists of treating their ideology as “non-negotiable.”

“All this work is now in danger of being ruined, Stonewall’s reputation discredited and its credibility squandered by trans activists – not all trans people, I hasten to add – who believe they can dictate what everyone can say and think. ” Fanshawe wrote on daily mail.

“A small minority of activists, including those who took over Stonewall, do not want to extend that decency and tolerance to the rest of the population,” he said.

“Equality, for them, means imposing their views on everyone else, without debate. This should worry anyone who believes that free speech is sacrosanct.”

Fanshawe said his ‘chin dropped to the floor’ when Stonewall’s ‘inclusion of the Head of Trans’, Kirrin Medcalf, 24, told the court on Tuesday that “bodies are not inherently male or female. They are just their bodies.”

The activist made the statement during a discrimination lawsuit brought against the LGBTQ charity by attorney Allison Bailey, who claimed her chambers, Garden Court, were influenced by Stonewall, who serves as a consultant to the law firm, to reduce her salary and work after she criticized transgender ideology.

Medcalf, 24, who earlier this week refused to testify without his mother and a “support dog,” said Bailey’s opposition to transgender ideology put trans people “at risk of physical harm.”

The Stonewall co-founder responded to the allegation by saying that “[p]People like Kirrin Medcalf imagine that reality can be reshaped to suit their needs.

“A difference of opinion is being painted as a physical threat. According to Medcalf, any transgender person who encounters Bailey is at risk of being attacked. This is a completely imaginary scenario.”

In May of last year, then Equality Minister Liz Truss, now Secretary of Foreign Affairs, asked the government to end its relationship with Stonewall because of its increasingly radical positions on transgenderism.

Despite being ruled by the so-called Conservative Party, around 250 government bodies paid Stonewall to “educate” them on issues such as gender pronouns.

Despite Truss’ call to stop funding the far-left charity, it was discovered in January that the Foreign Office she leads gave Stonewall more than three-quarters of a million pounds between 2020 and 2021.

In total, the government provided the charity with £1.2 million in taxpayers’ money during this period.

The LGBTQ activist organization often finds itself at odds with other seemingly progressive voices in Britain, such as Harry Potter author JK Rowling, on women’s issues, with Stonewall deriding critics as TERFs (trans-exclusionary radical feminists).

Simon Fanshawe argued that Stonewall should not play down the concerns of women who oppose transgender people competing in all-female sports or oppose allowing biological men into female-only spaces such as locker rooms and bathrooms.

“Speaking women, even those as respected as JK Rowling or Martina Navratilova, are vehemently told to shut up,” Fanshawe wrote.

“It often feels like the trans debate has taken us back to an era before feminism, when women were often treated as airheads with nothing to contribute to social discourse.”

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