The year Stonewall lost its halo

Dec 28, 2021 by

by Jo Bartosch, spiked:

This once-mighty gay-rights charity has sacrificed its reputation on the altar of trans.

’Tis the season of goodwill, a time to think of the less fortunate. So, dear reader, I ask you to turn your attention to poor Nancy Kelley, the chief executive currently balanced at the top of Stonewall’s rickety Christmas tree. 2021 has been something of an annus horribilis for Kelley as the big beasts in journalism and politics have begun to follow the trail against Stonewall laid by gender-critical campaigners.

As head of Stonewall, Kelley has been expected to perform a miracle more astonishing than the virgin birth. She has been tasked with convincing the British public that straight men can turn into lesbians by saying the magic words ‘I identify as’. This is because Stonewall’s insistence that ‘transwomen are women’ has opened the door for everyone from bepenised pantomime dames to Eddie Izzard to claim to be lesbians.

Having exited the stage with perfect timing back in 2019, Kelley’s predecessor, Baroness Hunt, is now secure in a new role running a management-consultancy firm. It was under Hunt’s leadership that Stonewall added the ‘T’ to the LGB acronym, pledging to ‘integrate trans-specific work’ into its campaigns. During Hunt’s tenure, the charity enjoyed a rise in income from £5.4million to £8.7million and staff numbers more than doubled to 160.

But what goes up must come down. This year Stonewall’s reputation has crashed to the ground, and the noise has reverberated across Whitehall and throughout civil society.

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