A change.org petition has called for UK media outlets to stop uncritically platforming the anti-trans group, LGB Alliance. The petition, created by Scottish actor, director and LGBTQ+ activist, David Paisley, has now amassed over 8,000 signatures, with the aim of reaching 10,000. It reads: “The LGB Alliance are widely thought of as an anti-LGBTQ+ hate group, as such any discussion in the UK media should frame them with respect to how they are perceived by the LGBTQ+ community.”
It urges media platforms to refrain from including comments from the LGB Alliance in articles on LGBTQ+ related topics: “They do not speak for us, and they should not be quoted or asked to comment on issues affecting the LGBTQ+ community without clear and unequivocal reference to their status as a perceived hate group…We reject anti-trans rhetoric & support our fellow community members. Trans rights are human rights.”
Paisley also condemned the LGB Alliance after finding evidence of it supporting trans-conversion therapy, which he described as a “form of torture”, adding: “Sexuality and gender are part of who we are as people, therapy that seeks to impose an identity on someone that doesn’t fit who they are isn’t theraputic, it’s cruel.”
The BBC were heavily criticised for including a comment from the LGB Alliance in an article about long waiting times for the NHS’s only gender clinic, which argued young people should not be able to ‘self-diagnose’ gender dysphoria. Ofcom chief executive, Melanie Dawes, criticised the broadcaster for ‘balancing’ out trans voices with anti-trans groups, saying it was “extremely inappropriate”.