LGBT charity Stonewall ‘dictated policy’ to Welsh government

Oct 18, 2021 by

by David Thompson, BBC News:

The Welsh government has been accused of being “dictated to” by an LGBT charity.

Labour MP Tonia Antoniazzi said the government promoted an “ideological culture” by adopting Stonewall’s interpretation of the Equality Act.

Her comments were in response to a BBC investigation which revealed the Welsh government had adopted Stonewall’s interpretation of equality law.

The Welsh government said its policy was in the “spirit of the law”.

It added that its inclusive workplace and policies did not disadvantage, undermine or exclude any colleagues.

Protections for people based on factors including age, disability, race, religion, sexual orientation, pregnancy and gender reassignment are enshrined in the Equality Act 2010.

However, in a document sent to Stonewall and seen by the BBC, the term “gender reassignment” has been replaced with the term “gender identity” in the Welsh government’s Equality and Diversity Policy.

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