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Why is the LGB Alliance film having its funding cut?

The charity is being hounded in the courts by TRAs, but cash is still making its way to the “Family Sex Show”

It doesn’t matter what the LGB Alliance do, the organisation could set-up a sanctuary for orphaned Ukrainian kittens and they’d be accused of farming their furry pelts to sell to Satan. From baseless accusations that they’re funded by evangelical Christians in the US, to smears that they’re in the pocket of Russian oligarchs, the charity’s detractors are determined to make them pay for daring to represent lesbian, gay and bisexual people but not those who identify as trans. 

The decidedly fishy trans group Mermaids

So much mud has been flung at the LGB Alliance, including by politicians, that some has stuck. Yesterday, a decision by London Community Foundation (LCF) to withdraw funding from the charity made this clear. For most of the day LGB Alliance was trending on Twitter as the vicious “be kind” brigade of woke activists crowed about having succeeded in getting the grant pulled.

The latest hate fest started earlier this month when the LGB Alliance announced that they had secured funding towards a film due to be titled Queens. The purpose of the short documentary was “celebrating gay lives and marking 70 years since Her Majesty The Queen ascended the throne”.  But this simple ambition, which has nothing to do with the ongoing debate around trans identities, was not to be tolerated. 

A swarm of activists descended on London Community Fund (LCF), who administer grants for the Let’s Create Jubilee Fund in partnership with Arts Council England (LCF). LCF and ACE received hundreds of tweets accusing them of “funding a hate group”. Fox-battering tax lawyer Jolyon Maugham QC joined in, posing the somewhat bonkers question, “How did you decide to fund a group that compares being trans to bestiality” (spoiler, LGB Alliance have done no such thing).

Just a week after the funding was secured LCF began to crumble under the pressure, stating on Twitter: “As of 11 April 2022, we have become aware that the charitable status of the organisation is being questioned. In line with our usual practice where a grantee is under investigation or review this grant is suspended.” Yesterday LCF publicly announced that they had withdrawn the funding. A spokesperson explained that this was “because we were not informed of the Charity Tribunal case, which was a material non-disclosure under the LCF Grant Conditions.” LGB Alliance have returned the funds.

This dry statement from LCF omits some juicy details. LGB Alliance was granted charitable status in April 2021 with the Charity Commission publishing a 4,000-word explanation to back up its decision. But the registration of LGB Alliance is being challenged at the Charity Tribunal by the decidedly fishy trans group Mermaids, with support from the aforementioned Maugham’s organisation, the Good Law Project. A full hearing is scheduled for September. 

There is an elegance to the strategy of the trans rights activists: first, the LGB Alliance was tripped-up with a case attacking their right to be registered as a charity. Secondly, the pending hearing is used as evidence of their unsuitability for charitable funding.

Katie Barker, chief executive of the LGB Alliance rejects the suggestion that the organisation’s charitable status is being questioned. She railed in a statement:

“The LCF’s social media post claimed our charitable status was ‘being questioned’ but this is untrue. Instead it is the regulatory body, the Charity Commission, who awarded us our charity status who are being taken to a tribunal by complainants who disagree with their decision. 

These critics argue an organisation like ours which focuses exclusively on the rights of the same-sex attracted is by definition hateful. Unlike them we support the fundamental right of people, within every protected characteristic under the Equality Act 2010, to have a voice. It is extremely telling that they will not extend us the same courtesy.”

The LCF might have a technical reason for withdrawing funding, but the underlying ideological battle is hard to ignore.

The Family Sex Show have not had to return their ACE grant

Interestingly, the LGB Alliance’s planned film Queens was not the only ACE funded project to have hit the buffers this week. The Family Sex Show — the beneficiary of nearly £40,000 of ACE funding over the past two years — was cancelled after organisers claimed to have received “violent and illegal threats and abuse directed at the company and venues by a small group of people with extremist views.” 

Guidance accompanying the show, which was aimed at youngsters from age five, included telling children to use Google to find out “which animals masturbate” and teaching them that “not all women have vulvas, and not all vulvas belong to women.”

The aim was apparently to offer an “intersectional, feminist, non-binary, anti-racist & sex-positive take on Relationships and Sex Education.” While there is no justification for sending threats, it’s hard to not have some sympathy with those who were concerned that the show would expose children to inappropriate content. Naturally, the Family Sex Show have not had to return their ACE grant.

Who would’ve thought that in 2022, it would be more acceptable to teach primary-aged kids about onanistic orangutans than to promote the message that gay men are male homosexuals? It is a sign of how far the woke have disappeared up their own rectums that the self-styed guardians of British culture ACE, and their administrative minions, are willing to fund a sex show aimed at children but draw the line of decency at a film about adult gay men.

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