Stonewall boss defends new strategy amid criticism

May 29, 2021 by

By Jessica Parker & Eleanor Lawrie, BBC News:

Stonewall head Nancy Kelley has defended the organisation’s position amid a freedom of speech row and criticism from a founder.

Matthew Parris said in the Times that Stonewall had become “tangled up in the trans issue” and “cornered into an extremist stance”.

But Ms Kelley told the BBC she was “really comfortablewith the direction the charity was going in.

She likened so-called “gender critical” beliefs to anti-Semitism.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has said its defence of the right to hold “gender critical beliefs” – that sex cannot be changed – “does not have an impact on our commitment to uphold the rights of transgender people”.

Freedom of speech ‘has limits’

The new EHRC chair, Lady Falkner, has said women have the right to question transgender identity without being abused, stigmatised or risking losing their job.

Ms Kelley said that while Stonewall believed in freedom of speech, it was “not without limit”.

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