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LGBT groups including Mermaids and Stonewall appeal decision to make LGB Alliance a transgender charity | UK News

A group of LGBT charities have appealed against the Charity Commission for its decision to make a controversial lesbian, gay and bisexual group a charity.

The LGB Alliance became a charity in April after the commission decided the group was benefiting the public through its education and awareness activities on discrimination based on sexual orientation.

The LGB Alliance has already stated that there is a conflict between the rights of LGB people and those of transgender people.

Transgender children’s charity Mermaids on Tuesday appealed against the Charity Commission’s ruling in the lower court.

In court documents seen by the PA news agency, Mermaids argues that the commission was wrong to make the LGB Alliance a charity because it offers no positive benefit to the public.

The call is supported by other charities and groups, including Stonewall, Gendered Intelligence and the Good Law Project.

Gay Pride events take place every year across the UK
Gay Pride events take place every year across the UK

Charities argue that one of the goals of the LGB Alliance is to oppose changes in the law or to lobby government agencies to restrict the rights and legal protections of transgender people.

The charity’s appeal reads: “In reality, the LGB Alliance seeks only to operate for the benefit of lesbians and gays who are not both transgender and share LGBA beliefs.”

Susie Green, Managing Director of Mermaids, said: “Mermaids supports transgender youth, children and their families who face overwhelming hostility simply because of who they are.

“The work of the LGB Alliance is clearly designed to divide the LGBTQ + community with the goal of undermining and isolating trans people.

“Mermaids is proud to defend the rights of trans people in court, with the unwavering support of our LGBTQ + charitable family.”

Following its decision in April, the Charity Commission said the LGB Alliance’s goals were to “promote …

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