Liz Truss has signalled her intent for government departments to pull out from “LGBTQ+” charity Stonewall’s employment scheme, which generates tons of cash for the culture cancelling organisation.
Stonewall reportedly nets £2,500 for each client on its vaunted diversity champion scheme which aims to ensure gay, trans and bi folk “are free to be themselves in the workplace”. But the charity has run into disrepute. Last week, the Equality and Human Rights Commission determined Stonewall’s programme “did not constitute best value for money” with its chairwoman, Lady Falkner asserting that women had a right to challenge transgender identity. Employment dispute service, Acas has also withdrawn for cost reasons.
A week before, Essex University apologised to two academics who had their reputations nearly ruined at the hands of brutal woke guidelines set out by Stonewall.
Under the diversity programme, the 800 plus enlisted public and private institutions are required to put in place trans policies outlawing “transphobic” teaching and research.
Academics, Jo Phoenix and Rosa Freedman fell foul of the woke policies for questionings certain trans rights in an entirely scholarly setting – Phoenix is a professor of criminology and has examined the suitability for male-born trans inmates to do time alongside female prisoners. Both were de-platformed with Freedman potentially missing out on a job because of her stonewall blacklisting.
The ensuing investigations recommended devising “a strategy for countering the drawbacks and potential illegalities” of the programme if it chose to stick with it.
Now Truss has taken on the mantel. According to the Times, a source close to the equalities minister – the other hat she wears in government alongside international trade secretary – wants the EHRC’s conclusions to be followed up across government, particularly given that Whitehall already has its own in-house diversity scheme.
However, in spite of holding the equalities portfolio, the Cabinet Office is reported to have the final say over whether to boot out stonewall and deprive it of taxpayer funding – government departments are said to account for a third of its clients.
The organisation’s chief executive, Nancy Kelley massively boobed last week for likening “gender-critical” views with antisemitism. Despite the gaff and the recent difficulties she insists its diversity scheme is “the leading employers’ programme for ensuring all LGBT staff are accepted without exception in the workplace.”
Going on the front foot, Kelley also insisted recently that freedom of speech is “not without limit.” She told the BBC: “With all beliefs, including controversial beliefs, there is a right to express those beliefs publicly and where they’re harmful or damaging – whether it’s antisemitic beliefs, gender-critical beliefs, beliefs about disability – we have legal systems that are put in place for people who are harmed by that.”