At midday today it was announced by the Charity Commission that the LGB Alliance had been granted charitable status following a rigorous, investigative process. The 4,000+ word report accompanying the announcement made it clear that a number of objections were raised, all of which were comprehensively considered before being dismissed. This has left a number of politicians and minor celebrities looking rather silly.
The Charity Commission “concluded that the purposes of LGB Alliance, as properly construed in accordance with the legal framework, are charitable and beneficial.” This is at odds with the ‘sinister’ ‘hate group’ described by John Nicolson MP, a politician who alongside Baroness Barker urged the BBC not to offer a platform to the LGB Alliance. Nicolson and Barker are not the only politicians sheltering behind parliamentary privilege, Kirsty Blackman MP and Jamie Stone MP have also smeared the LGB Alliance as hateful and transphobic.
The Charity Commission “concluded that the purposes of LGB Alliance, as properly construed in accordance with the legal framework, are charitable and beneficial.”
The report from the Charity Commission “looked at whether LGB Alliance’s purpose invariably involves the denigration of the rights of transgender people and considered that it did not.” Presumably, the public figures who smeared the LGB Alliance as transphobic are now drafting apologies.
The LGB Alliance have been dogged by baseless accusations of funding from US-based conservative groups. This runs counter to the findings of the Charity Commission who were clear that they “found no evidence to support allegations of dishonesty or a sham.” Now that the LGB Alliance are a registered charity they will be able to publish their accounts in 2022.
The report from the Charity Commission “looked at whether LGB Alliance’s purpose invariably involves the denigration of the rights of transgender people and considered that it did not.”
When it was revealed that the LGB Alliance were applying for charitable status, a petition was started demanding that the application be rejected. Addressed to Baroness Tina Stowell, former chair of the Charity Commission, amongst other accusations the petition criticised the LGB Alliance for believing in “the concept of ‘adult human female’.” A further petition drafted by high profile anti-LGB Alliance activist and former Holby City actor David Paisley was entitled: ‘UK Media: Stop Uncritically Platforming LGB Alliance “Hate Group”.’
Despite today’s victory, it remains unclear why a group advocating for the rights of those who are same-sex attracted should attract such hostility. This question is particularly relevant when one considers that this was the default focus of all the main organisations until the granting of same-sex marriage forced them to widen their remit. Furthermore, many groups exist to support and advocate for those who identify as trans.
It is clear that the big beasts of the LGBT world have their snouts in the trans trough, promoting a questionable ideology in order to keep the funds rolling in. Furthermore, some such as Stonewall have lent their support to controversial campaigns such as the full decriminalisation of the sex industry. It is fair to ask how their current preoccupation with people who identify as asexual, non-binary or ‘sex workers’ serves those who are same sex attracted. LGB people deserve and need an organisation that is solely focused on our rights and needs.
The Charity Commission noted “Evidence of public benefit was presented by LGB Alliance in support of its application to include raising awareness and educating the public about equality and diversity issues and providing support to lesbian, gay and bisexual people.”
The Charity Commission noted “Evidence of public benefit was presented by LGB Alliance in support of its application to include raising awareness and educating the public about equality and diversity issues and providing support to lesbian, gay and bisexual people.” Given this, it will be much harder for those with ideological motives for criticising the LGB Alliance to hide behind parliamentary privilege.
Ultimately, this ruling is not just a victory for the LGB Alliance, it is a vindication of the workings of the state. The ideological creep that has seen the adoption of de facto self-identification across civil society is now being scrutinised by those with the authority to challenge it. Upcoming legal challenges including Allison Bailey’s case against Stonewall and Garden Court Chambers, Keira Bell’s against the Tavistock and Maya Forstater’s against her former employer are forcing these issues into the sunlight. Decisions such as that made by the Charity Commission today are tugging at the curtain hiding the great and terrible Wizard of Oz, revealing him as his true authentic self; a withered old fraud with a loud hailer.
You can donate to the LGB Alliance, registered charity number 1194148, here.
You can read the full Charity Commission decision confirming the registration of the LGB Alliance here.