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Appeal against the LGB Alliance's charitable status will be heard in 2022

The charity Mermaids confirmed on Wednesday 22 December that a tribunal has agreed to hear their appeal.

2021-12-23

Words: Alastair James; pictures: Wiki

The charity, Mermaids, has confirmed that a tribunal has agreed to hear its appeal of a decision to grant the LGB Alliance charitable status in the UK.

A controversial decision was made by the Charity Commission, which grants charitable status, in April this year to name the LGB Alliance a charity.

The group, which was founded in 2019 purportedly to "advance the interests of lesbians, gay men and bisexuals", has publicly campaigned against reforming the Gender Recognition Act to make it easier for trans people to gain legal recognition.

"LGB Alliance does not stand for LGB rights"

Mermaids announced in June that they would appeal the Charity Commission's decision. It was confirmed on Wednesday (22 December) that an appeal will take place in May 2022.

In its statement, the Marmaids says: "We are pleased that the Tribunal has made the decision that there will be one hearing that deals with everything. We look forward to the hearing where the LGB Alliance will have to explain themselves. 

"To be registered as a charity, an organisation must be established exclusively for charitable purposes. [The] LGB Alliance does not stand for LGB rights, but exists to divide our community and denigrate trans people and those who support them."

The appeal is being supported by a number of LGBTQ organisations, including the Good Law Project, the LGBT+ Consortium, LGBT Foundation, Gendered Intelligence, and TransActual.

It's also being crowdfunded, which you can support here.

As well as campaigning against the GRA, the LGB Alliance has described the affirmation of transgender children by charities and medical professionals as "a form of conversion therapy." 

On its website, the group states they oppose trans women being admitted "into lesbian spaces" as well as trans men being admitted "into gay men's spaces".

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