Stonewall CEO Ruth Hunt has responded to a letter published in last week’s Sunday Times from academics accusing the LGBT charity of stifling debate around trans equality.
Throughout the last week, thousands of academics and university staff have signed open letters signalling their support for trans inclusion.
Writing in yesterday’s Sunday Times, Ruth Hunt said: “Stonewall's work with universities and other organisations to ensure lesbian, gay, bi and trans people can be themselves and succeed is evidence-based, robust and effective. It is also very much needed.
“As an undergraduate at St Hilda’s College Oxford in 1998, I was one of few lesbian JCR Presidents and in 2001 was the first openly lesbian president of Oxford University Students Union. Homophobia was rife then and I was grateful for the work of students and tutors who advocated for acceptance then, and now. They made a positive difference to my experience.
“18 years on, at Stonewall we are surprised that some academics (including from my old college) would like us to stop working with universities because they disagree with what Stonewall, and our friends in Gendered Intelligence and Gires, have to say. Their concerns - loudly expressed via a range of platforms without any suppression - provide ample evidence that there is so much more for Stonewall to do.”
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