The children’s charity the NSPCC has an increasing number of people in the LGBT community asking it to take the Pride colours off its logo.
Requests for them to stop using the rainbow flag started to appear after the charity severed all links with a trans activist, days after launching an awareness campaign with her for Pride.
Munroe Bergdorf was featured in Childline’s pages, and made a video with the charity to launch their Pride presence.
News of Munroe’s appointment as an “LGBT+ campaigner” for the charity was met with attacks online, on sites including Mumsnet and Twitter.
The Times columnist and feature write Janice Turner tweeted the NSPCC to ask “can you please explain why a children’s safeguarding charity has hired a porn model as a Childline ambassador?”.
“It’s an astonishing decision. Is it worth the cancelled direct debits?”, the journalist asked.
The “porn” the post mentioned was a feature in Playboy.
lead by example
Munroe believes the charity responded to “anti-LGBT hate and overt transphobia” when they severed all links with her after just a few days. Their brief statement online gives no clear explanation of why the decision was taken.
Munroe says Childline “had the opportunity to lead by example and stand up for the trans community”.
“But instead they decided to sever ties without speaking to me, delete all the content we made together and back-peddle without giving any reason why.
The NSPCC statement confirming the severing of links with Munroe Bergdorf gives no clear reason.
It speaks of her being referred to as an Ambassador when she was not one. Although Munroe only caller herself a campaigner, the same phrase used by the charity.
The brief announcement also says the charity does not support or endorse personal statements by those who campaign for it. When TransNews asked for clarification the charity declined.