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On Thursday 22 September, we were alerted to an upcoming piece in the Telegraph about Mermaids. We made the decision not to respond to the journalist’s request for comment but wanted to clarify our stance and offer some reassurance to anyone who might have concerns about some of the issues raised. Access to the forums We have robust security and moderation processes in place to ensure our forums are a safe space for trans, non-binary and gender diverse young people and their families. In August 2022, an individual – possibly a journalist – tried to gain access to the Youth…

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Day 5 concluded the witness evidence of the LGB Alliance (LGBA). Continuing with co-founder Kate Harris, the barrister for Mermaids questioned her on the articles of association of the LGBA, as well as her understanding of definitions surrounding same-sex attraction.  Mermaids’ barrister then questioned her on the activities of the LGBA after the granting of their charitable status and the nature of their public communications.  We then moved on to the witness evidence of Eileen Gallagher, the chair of the board of trustees of LGBA. This focused on the activities of LGBA, namely hosting their conference as well as other…

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On the fourth day of the hearing of Mermaids and the Charity Commission regarding the charitable status of the LGB Alliance, we heard evidence from LGB Alliance’s co-founders Bev Jackson and Kate Harris. The day began with the continuation of Ms Jackson’s evidence regarding the formation of the LGB Alliance, the initial documentation evidencing that formation, and the early campaigns and activities of the LGBA. The second witness of the day was Kate Harris who began by detailing the results of surveys regarding sexuality demographics of their subscribers. Ms Harris was then questioned on the founding of LGB Alliance, the…

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Today was the third day of the hearing of Mermaids and the Charity Commission regarding the charitable status of the LGB Alliance.  We heard evidence on behalf of Mermaids from John Nicolson MP and Chair of Mermaids Dr Belinda Bell, and from Bev Jackson, co-founder of the LGB Alliance.  The focus of the questioning of Mr Nicolson was on his experience of the reform of the Gender Recognition Act in Scotland. They then spoke about LGB Alliance’s campaign materials and what he found objectionable about those.  They also talked about Mr Nicolson’s tweets and his experience of social media “pile…

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Today was the second day of the hearing of Mermaids versus the Charity Commission regarding the status of the LGB Alliance. Paul Roberts, CEO of LGBT+ Consortium, gave evidence in support of Mermaids. LGB Alliance’s legal team cross-examined Mr Roberts on his Witness Statement for several hours, and under intense questioning, he was clear that Consortium’s view is that trans women are women, trans men are men, and trans people belong in the LGBT community. The tribunal also ruled in favour of publishing documents relevant to the case, including skeleton arguments and witness statements. Notes to editors 1. Read the appeal grounds in full…

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The hearing of Mermaids versus the Charity Commission regarding the status of the LGB Alliance began today with a two-minute silence to mark the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The judges decided on a number of administrative matters to do with the rest of the hearing.  It was decided that no witnesses would be called today (Friday 9 September) due to the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.  The judges also decided that attendees can livetweet a factual account of the proceedings.  Mermaids’ barristers took the court through a summary of the issues to be decided.  These…

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Mermaids is challenging the decision by the Charity Commission to award the LGB Alliance charity status. The hearing starts on 9 September 2022. Since 1995, we have supported thousands of transgender, non-binary and gender-diverse children, young people and their families, and hear all the time how vital our work is.  It’s hard to grow up trans. And sadly, it’s getting even harder as some groups and individuals seek to undo the work that has been done on trans rights and trans inclusion. That’s why Mermaids is challenging the decision by the Charity Commission to award LGB Alliance charity status and…

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Mermaids is a charity supporting trans, non-binary and gender diverse young people and their families. We always aim to ensure young people are central to the work we’re doing. With this in mind, we’re creating a Youth Advisory Panel to ensure the voice of those we serve shape the charity’s services.  The panel will made up by 12 young people, aged 16-18 (on 1 August 2022) and will meet quarterly from October 2022 to May 2023.  We are looking for applicants who:  Have a passion for sharing their views Have time to commit to quarterly online meetings from October 2022 –…

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Radio and TV presenter Stephanie Hirst takes a candid look into the unspoken issues surrounding transgender people.  Featuring: Paris Munro, Cleo Madeleine and several figures from the trans and non-binary community, we bust some of the myths and misconceptions about trans people and ask the difficult questions that need to be heard.  Plus, we join Lee Lester from the Mermaids, as he holds a discussion with members of the public. Listen to the full episode here. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Mermaids (@mermaidsgender)

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Today (10 August 2022), Suella Braverman QC MP, the Attorney General, made a speech for the Policy Exchange think tank on the affirmation of trans, non-binary and gender diverse children in school. The contents of Braverman’s speech do not reflect our understanding of the Equality Act 2010 or the realities of being a trans child in schools. Her speech is not legally binding on schools and does not mark a change in school’s duties toward trans children in their care.  What does the Equality Act say? Under the Equality Act 2010, people with the characteristic of “gender reassignment” are protected…

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