#UK Gay rights group say ‘anti-lesbian prejudice’ is making teens think they have gender identity issues #UKnews
The co-founder of a homosexual rights group claims ‘anti-lesbian prejudice’ and ‘concern’ is making many youngsters wrongly imagine they have ‘gender identity issues’ when they are actually grappling with their rising sexuality, a tribunal heard.
The LGB Alliance has defended its views ‘that sexual orientation is about organic intercourse’ after its charitable standing was challenged by a transgender rights group.
Mermaids, a group which helps transgender kids and their households, launched an attraction in opposition to the choice of the Charity Commission to grant LGB Alliance authorized standing final 12 months.
It is believed to be the primary time a charity has sought to take away the charitable standing of one other charity.
Bev Jackson, the co-founder of LGB Alliance, instructed a listening to on the General Regulatory Chamber in London as we speak she was involved in regards to the ‘penalties for younger homosexual males’ resulting from ‘issues being conflated as if LGBT was all one factor’.
In a witness assertion, Ms Jackson mentioned the organisation shared the view of Harry Potter writer JK Rowling that ‘with out intercourse there is no identical intercourse attraction’.
LGB Alliance co-founder Bev Jackson (pictured) mentioned: ‘Anti-lesbian prejudice and concern is main many teens, particularly lesbians, to imagine that they have ‘gender identity’ issues when they are actually grappling with their rising lesbian/homosexual sexual orientation’
In a separate assertion submitted as a part of the proceedings, Dr Belinda Bell, the chair of the trustees of Mermaids, mentioned: ‘One of the explanations Mermaids has been particularly involved by LGB Alliance is that, since its basis, it has repeatedly targeted its efforts on kids.
‘As far as I can inform, LGB Alliance seems to simply accept that grownup trans folks exist and that they needs to be allowed to entry gender affirming healthcare.
‘However, primarily based on its public communications, LGB Alliance seems to take the view that trans kids don’t exist, or that they can not know they are trans earlier than maturity.’
In response, Ms Jackson submitted to the court docket: ‘At current, teens combating issues regarding sexual orientation have nowhere to go to debate identical intercourse attraction not primarily based on gender identity.
Ms Jackson mentioned the LGB Alliance shared the view of Harry Potter writer JK Rowling that ‘with out intercourse there is no identical intercourse attraction’
‘On the opposite hand, there are many sources, together with Mermaids, for many who are affected by gender identity issues.
‘Anti-lesbian prejudice and concern is main many teens, particularly lesbians, to imagine that they have ‘gender identity’ issues when they are actually grappling with their rising lesbian/homosexual sexual orientation.’
But Dr Bell’s assertion claimed LGB Alliance had sought to ‘undermine’ the work of charities resembling Mermaids and Stonewall.
It learn: ‘A central purpose of LGB Alliance is looking for to undermine the work of all kinds of organisations which it says have promoted trans rights to the detriment of girls, kids and LGB folks.
‘After Stonewall, Mermaids has been the second greatest goal of its efforts, and we have been relentlessly subjected to a few of its worst remedy.
‘I have already mentioned how LGB Alliance has repeatedly acknowledged in public boards that Mermaids seeks to inappropriately push LGB kids into figuring out as trans.
‘Such allegations are false and dangerous to Mermaids’ ongoing work.’
Dr Belinda Bell, the chair of the trustees of Mermaids, mentioned: ‘LGB Alliance seems to take the view that trans kids don’t exist, or that they can not know they are trans earlier than maturity’ (inventory picture)
Defending her organisation’s place, Ms Jackson mentioned: ‘We imagine that the LGB rights motion has been largely changed by the LGBT rights motion, which is ruled by the idea that gender identity quite than intercourse is definitive of what it means to be lesbian, homosexual or bisexual.
‘As far as I perceive it, all or practically all of those organisations now propagate the view that everybody has a gender identity, which ought to take priority over organic intercourse in all areas of public life and in legislation.
‘LGB Alliance rejects this view. LGB Alliance maintains, and promotes the view, that sexual orientation is about organic intercourse.
‘To my information we’re the one charity for LGB people who does so, while there are various charities that undertake the view that sexual orientation is primarily based on gender.’
The listening to is scheduled to conclude on Friday, when a choose will rule on whether or not LGB Alliance ought to preserve its charitable standing.