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Carrie Lyell

To mark the State Opening of Parliament 2022, we teamed up with Drag Race royalty River Medway for a Queen’s Speech with a difference! And our Queen has one message for Boris Johnson and his Government: #KeepTransInTheBan.

River, who appeared on season three of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, says: “There are many misconceptions about support for trans youth, which is why now more than ever it is more important to continue to use our voices to educate and make a change.

“The dangers and long term effects of conversion practices are far worse and more damaging than any support young trans people will receive. I will always support my trans siblings and put pressure on those in power to do what is right and have equality for EVERYONE in the LGBTQ+ community.”

Filmmaker Ian Yarwood says: “Working with Mermaids and River Medway has been fantastic fun and I’m delighted to have been able to support the community through my passion for filming and editing.

“The decision to exclude trans and non-binary people from the ban is baffling. I hope this piece will encourage the public to write to their MP to support a trans-inclusive ban on conversion therapy.”