Charity watchdog in talks with anti-trans LGB Alliance after ‘hateful’ bestiality tweet

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08/19/2021

The anti-trans group gained charitable status earlier this year in spite of fierce objections from multiple LGBT+ charities and a petition signed by more than 44,000 people. Further concerns were raised last week when the LGB Alliance posted a tweet that violated Twitter’s policy on hateful conduct. It read: “Adding the + to LGB gives the green light to paraphilias like bestiality – and more – to all be part of one big happy ‘rainbow family’. Wake up policy makers. “LGB people refuse to be used in your artificial and dangerous argument that we must all be lumped together. #NoToHomophobia.” The LGBT+ acronym is used to describe all people who fall under the queer umbrella, including the intersex, asexual and aromantic communities. The LGB Alliance’s offensive tweet has since been deleted and in its place a message says: “This tweet is no longer available because it violated the Twitter rules.” The Charity Commission, the official regulating body for charities in England and Wales, said it was aware of the issue and is in now talks with the LGB Alliance. A spokesperson said: “We are aware of concerns about recent social media activity by the LGB Alliance, and are engaging with the charity’s trustees on this matter. We cannot comment further at this time.” Bev Jackson, co-founder of LGB Alliance, told the Civil Society: “It is never our intention to cause offence but to robustly speak out on issues of concern to LGB people. We believe in free speech and respectful debate and take our responsibilities as a charity very seriously.”

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