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To register as a charity, an organisation must be charitable: to benefit people and not harm them. Do the LGB Alliance, who seem to dedicate most of their output to denigrating trans people, meet that legal threshold? We’re supporting action to strip the organisation of its charitable status, and are awaiting the outcome.
Despite receiving charity status in 2021, the purposes of the organisation were set out in a speech by LGB Alliance director Bev Jackson in March 2020. She described their real goal as follows:
“We’re applying for charitable status and building an organisation to challenge the dominance of those who promote the damaging theory of gender identity.”
Their purpose is the denigration of trans people and the destruction of organisations that support them, in particular through political lobbying and campaigning for law change.
These purposes are reprehensible and they are not charitable; they are political objectives – to roll back legal protections for trans people.
So Mermaids, supported by LGBT+ Consortium, Gendered Intelligence, LGBT Foundation, TransActual, and Good Law Project, appealed against the Charity Commission’s decision to award the LGB Alliance charity status.
We instructed Bindmans to act as solicitors. Michael Gibbon QC and Ted Loveday at Maitland Chambers are acting as Counsel.
Witness evidence in the case concluded in September 2022, with the final stage in the hearing taking place in November. We are now awaiting a judgment.
We have launched a Legal Defence Fund for Transgender Lives to work in partnership with others where litigation can protect and defend the rights of transgender people to live as themselves. If you are in a position to donate, you can do so here.
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