The NSPCC has offered Munroe Bergdorf “full, frank and unreserved apology” for the way they broke links with her.
The charity abruptly dropped her as an LGBT campaigner for Childline last week, days after appointing her.
The ending of the newly announced campaigning partnership came after a stream of angry comments online attacking Munroe. She accused the NSPCC of giving in to “anti-LGBT hate and overt transphobia”.
“she deserved better”
The NSPCC didn’t contact Munroe before issuing a cryptic statement which dropped her, and deleting the content they’d made together.
Five days later, in their apology, the charity say they tried did try unsuccessfully to get hold of her to tell her personally. They admit they were wrong not to wait to go public.
“The NSPCC announcement should have been delayed”, says the NSPCC’s Chief Executive, Peter Wanless.
“We have let Munroe down in not supporting her through a process with us and in ending the relationship abruptly. It was our decision not hers and she deserved better from us”.
The announcement that she was to be an LGBT campaigner for Childine (which is run by the NSPCC) had been timed to coincide with Pride month.
When the partnership was suddenly cancelled Munroe said she was unbelievably sad. “Pride is about resisting this kind of hate, not giving into it”, she said.
Now a growing number of Twitter users are messaging the charity, asking it to remove the Pride colours from its logo.
The NSPCC deny that what they did was anything to do with Munroe being trans.
“The driving force of the decision the Board took was concern around the lack of process that our organisation used when deciding to work with Munroe”, Peter Wanless said.
The charity’s Trustees thought it was inappropriate to work with Munroe because of statements on “safeguarding and equality”, which would put her “in breach of our own risk assessments and undermine what we are here to do”.
The charity will not say which statements they are referring to.
stressful and unnecessary
In the past Munroe has been dropped by L’Oreal over Tweets she had made. And she resigned shortly after being appointed as an LGBT adviser to the Labour Party, because of online abuse centred on those same Tweets.
Following the apology from the NSPCC Munroe said: “this situation has been extremely stressful and unnecessary. I just want to move on from the whole ordeal”.
staff embarrassment and shame
Earlier this week the Guardian newspaper reported that almost 150 members of staff at the NSPCC had written to the charity’s management, condemning what had happened and expressing “embarrassment and shame”.
The paper said it had seen a copy of the letter, and that the staff had written: “We are deeply disappointed about the treatment of Munroe by the organisation. In particular, we are concerned at the NSPCC’s decision to replicate the experience that many trans children and adults experience in being subjected to abuse and ridicule and subsequently abandoned.”