DHSC Ends Stonewall Membership

The UK Department of Health (DHSC) has become the latest hottest body to end membership in the controversial LGBTQ + charity Stonewall.

Charities are being increasingly scrutinized this year for their profitable diversity programs, controversial advice to organizations, and allegations of impact on public policy.

Stonewall’s DHSC membership expired in February this year. In an email to The Epoch Times on Wednesday, the department confirmed that it would not renew its membership next year.

“Last year we conducted a full assessment of all diversity and inclusive membership. Stonewall was one of the members who decided not to renew. We were in October 2021. We have informed Stonewall of our decision, “said a spokesman.

Earlier this year, Women’s Equality Minister Liz Truss reportedly told authorities before becoming Foreign Minister that he was concerned that the accession of the government sector to Stonewall was of no monetary value.

Campaign group TaxPayers’ Alliance said in August that at least 327 public agencies had paid Stonewall over £ 3.1 million ($ 4.3 million) in membership fees and other program payments over a three-year period.

Fifteen percent of the funding (£ 466,065, $ 647,085) came from the National Health Service and related organizations over a three-year period, with 58 health service organizations being members of the Stonewall Diversity Champions Scheme. This is a paid program that provides diversity training to employees.

The organization also submits information to Stonewall for inclusion in the workplace equality index.

It was reported in June that Stonewall gave the following advice: Replace the word “mother” One of the things an organization can do to improve its ranking is the “parent who gave birth.”

NS BBCThe Nolan Investigates podcast last month ruled against broadcasters when British broadcast regulator Ofcom was asked to provide evidence of what it did to promote LGBT equality. Was submitted to Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index. Wider community. “

Ofcom denied being influenced by Stonewall, saying the index was “totally unrelated” to the broadcast standard decision.

The report also described Stonewall as a “workplace equality expert for LGBTQ + people” by senior BBC Diversity & Inclusion divisions and “played a role in drafting the latest BBC Newsstyle Guide. “. On sexuality and gender issues. “

“It is perfectly normal and appropriate for charities to work with public sector organizations to advocate for beneficiaries to improve public policy,” Stonewall told the podcast.

Stonewall commented on the withdrawal of DHSC, saying the organization would come and go like any membership program.

Lily Chow


Lily Zhou is a freelance writer who mainly covers the British news of The Epoch Times.