Boris Johnson wades into culture war by backing controversial LGB Alliance group


Culture war hits Boris Johnson as he backs ‘LGB Alliance’ accused by opponents of transphobia

  • Boris Johnson congratulates LGB Alliance on eve of inaugural annual conference
  • Last night, the charity also said it had been invited to a Downing Street summit 
  • But critics have accused group of campaigning against the rights of trans people


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Boris Johnson has waded into the culture war by praising a gay group accused by opponents of transphobia.

The Prime Minister wrote to the LGB Alliance to congratulate it on its ‘incredible hard work’ and send his ‘best wishes’.

Last night, the group said it had also been invited to a meeting in Downing Street, where members had been told they had ‘a lot of support really high up’.

Critics accuse the LGB Alliance of campaigning against the rights of trans people.

But the group says it is standing up for the rights of women who believe it is not possible to change biological sex.

The support from the PM came after the LGB Alliance, which says it aims to advance the interests of lesbians, gay men and bisexuals, invited him to attend its first national conference yesterday.

The Prime Minister wrote to the LGB Alliance to congratulate it on its ‘incredible hard work’ and send his ‘best wishes’. Pictured on Thursday in Armagh, Northern Ireland

Around 50 trans rights activists gathered outside the venue in central London shouting: ‘Trans rights are human rights’, as three ‘gender critical’ female MPs addressed attendees. 

Gender critical is used to describe those who believe people cannot change biological sex.

Inside, the group hailed the letter from No10, projecting it on a big screen to cheers from supporters.

The letter, written by Mandy Godridge, from the No10 communications unit, said: ‘The Prime Minister is delighted to learn of this ground-breaking event.

‘Unfortunately, it will not be possible for [him] to attend, due to pressures on his diary. 

The support from the PM came after the LGB Alliance, which says it aims to advance the interests of lesbians, gay men and bisexuals, invited him to attend its first national conference (pictured) yesterday

Critics accuse the LGB Alliance of campaigning against the rights of trans people. Above: Protesters outside the LGB Alliance’s annual conference in London on Thursday

‘However, on his behalf, I would like to thank the LGB Alliance for their incredible hard work and send my best wishes for a successful conference.’

Asked about the letter, the PM’s spokesman said: ‘The Government is clear that biology matters and there are different health needs between the sexes. 

‘We are clear that all transgender people should be treated with dignity and respect.’

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