Major public sector bodies quit Stonewall diversity training as trans rights row intensifies

May 30, 2021 by

by Jessica Steinman, The Daily Political Press:

A number of high profile public sector employers are breaking ties with LGBT charity Stonewall amid growing concerns about their diversity training on transgender rights.

Activists have warned of a “spate” of withdrawals from the Stonewall Diversity Champions program after the Equal Opportunities and Human Rights Commission, the Equality Oversight, failed to renew its membership on grounds of “value for money”.

The Telegraph has learned of at least five other major public institutions that have quietly withdrawn since 2019.

The system has 250 government departments and public institutions among its members. They pay thousands for advice on gender neutral spaces, pronouns, and trans-inclusion and are ranked on the charity’s Workplace Equality Index.

A lawyer last week accused Stonewall of providing potentially unlawful advice to the University of Essex in a report on the “no-platforming” of two professors who were excluded from on-campus talks amid protests against their views on the trans debate were.

As the review of the program increases, its list of 850 members disappeared from public view on the Stonewall website last week.

But several big names on the list confirmed to this newspaper that they were gone, although unrelated to the EHRC’s decision, and they all emphasized their commitment to inclusion and equality.

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