The national lottery has awarded £500,000 to a transgender lobbying group after it received backlash for granting a charity who support trans children funding.
The organisation has been accused of supporting political agendas, which it has a strict rule against, by giving two LGBT groups money to fund their media and influencing campaigns.
The grant has been slammed by ‘concerned’ feminists and academics who are demanding an inquiry into the influx of children who are pursuing medical assistance with gender issues, which has risen 25-fold, reports the Sunday Times.
Former cabaret dancer Morgan Page, who works for Stonewall and claims that bigotry against the trans community is rife in the UK, will help to decide where the grant is most needed.
Morgan Page works for Stonewall and manages their leadership programme which has received a grant of £500,000 from the Big Lottery Fund
Morgan claimed that trans discrimination is led by ‘conservatives dressed up as feminists’, adding that trans discrimination has long been a problem in the UK.
Tory MP for Monmouth David Davies insisted that although nobody objects to LGBT services receiving grants, his issue lies with donation’s being given for influencing, which he suggests is taking a stance in a political debate.
The Big Lottery fund have since decided to review the grant issued to Mermaids following the backlash from protest groups.
Debbie Hayton, who is herself transgender, told the newspaper of the Stonewall grant: ‘The rules say lottery money should not be used for ‘political activity’, but giving lobbying groups a grant for ‘influencing’ is funding political campaigning by another name.’
Morgan claimed that trans discrimination is led by ‘conservatives dressed up as feminists’, adding that trans discrimination has long been a problem in the UK
The grant has been slammed by ‘concerned’ feminists and academics who are demanding an inquiry into the influx of children who are pursuing medical assistance with gender issues
However the BLF insisted that they don’t finance political activities.
Stonewall reportedly claimed that the funding from the national lottery will help to reduce the discrimination faced in the trans community as well as helping to deal with the fear of violence that they suffer.
The BLF review into the grant given to Mermaids could prove vital to the future of political grants issued to groups.
It is the ninth largest backer of LGBT lobbyists in the world and the funding has been essential to the movement, reports the Global Philanthropy Project.
The BLF said: ‘National lottery funding is for everyone. Our decision-making processes are robust and designed to provide the appropriate levels of scrutiny for the applications we receive.’
LGBT organisations were awarded two per cent of their £500 million funding last year, they claimed.
The grant’s database suggests that the £5.5 million finance issued to women’s is at the lowest it has been since 2004 if you are to search the women’s, according to the news outlet.
The database also highlights that 11.6 million was seemingly given to the elderly, in comparison to the £21 million which was awarded last year.
Tory MP for Monmouth David Davies (pictured) insisted that although nobody objects to LGBT services receiving grants, his issue lies with donation’s being given for influencing, which he suggests is taking a stance in a political debate
However the BLF suggested that spending on these groups had in fact risen and that many of the organisations that benefit from their funding do not have the name of their cause in their summary, which is why it may appear that they are being neglected.
Dame Esther Rantzen expressed her dismay that her charity the Silver Line lost its lottery funding this year, which she believes is because people think that the elderly have lots of benefits these days.
It has been suggested that the funding for Mermaids and Stonewall may have been issued following a pitch from an LGBT activist attending an event held by the consortium last year.
One person in attendance said that they were told that donations from the public following the equal marriage vote had drastically fallen so the lottery needed to help out.
Following the event, the BLF’s portfolio development director, Gemma Bull, attended a course specialising in leadership and was later named as a role model for the community.
However despite the cry for help, neither Mermaids nor Stonewall were awarded the highest grants by the BLF this year.
Funding of £500,000 or more needed to be approved by an external board, while grants under this amount only need to be assessed by senior management, a former employee reported.