Stonewall’s new chief executive is set to steer the LGBT charity in a different direction in its battle to achieve transgender rights.
With the charity having previously been accused, under Baroness (Ruth) Hunt, of having “a militant trans agenda”, Nancy Kelley, who officially takes up the chief executive post this week, said in an interview with the Observer: “I’m really focused on the idea that we don’t have to convert everybody to our way of understanding gender.
“For Stonewall to succeed, it doesn’t have to make people believe as it believes. What it has to do is make people support changes that make trans lives easier.”
She continued: “There is a lot of debate on the theory of gender and sex, it’s all terribly interesting and there are a million PhD theses to be written about it, but for the experience of trans people’s lives to be more positive, and for them to have lower levels of hate crime, better access to health services and more inclusive schools and workplaces, we don’t need people to agree on what constitutes womanhood.
“We must come back to the basics of building empathy for the idea that we want our fellow humans to experience a dignified, positive life. And there are things that as a society that we can change to make that more likely.”
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