A Call for Accountability and Respect

9 Feb 2024
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Amidst the reverberating support and, unfortunately, abhorrent transphobia and hate on social media surrounding the Prime Minister's recent comments, we wanted to take a moment to reaffirm our proud commitment to trans rights and equality.

Addressing trans individuals as a punchline, especially when a grieving mother was visiting parliament, was undeniably insensitive, though sadly not unexpected from this government. In addition, the media must end their daily disrespect and dehumanisation of trans individuals, and recognise that it is their clickbait coverage of trans issues which has set the tone for the prime minister's callous remarks.

We join many in urging the Prime Minister to offer an unreserved apology, particularly to the family and friends of Brianna Ghey, but also to our trans communities, and the widerLGBTQ+ community, and to acknowledge the harm caused by careless words from those in power. Our thoughts are with Brianna's loved ones and the trans community. Let's focus on fostering respect in politics and society, especially in political discourse and preventing the weaponisation of trans lives for political gain.

It is crucial that the rights of all, especially trans rights, are not exploited as a political tool to perpetuate hate and division - something we’ve seen growing ever more apparent in the UK and around the world. Politicians should be held accountable for their actions, rather than using this as an opportunity to boost their profile. 

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