NSPCC cuts ties with trans activist amid safeguarding concernsVincent Alejandria
NSPCC cuts ties with trans activist amid safeguarding concerns.
The NSPCC has cut ties with transgender activist Munroe Bergdorf following safeguarding concerns.
Bergdorf – born male, but who has undergone extensive surgery to appear female – announced himself last week as Childline’s “first LGBT+ campaigner”.
But the children’s charity said the gender activist would have “no ongoing relationship with Childline or the NSPCC”.
Risk to children
Many complained to the charity that Bergdorf was not a good role model for children, having previously posed for Playboy, and frequently presenting an oversexualised image of women.
Others were concerned about widely-publicised racist remarks, which led to him being dropped from working for L’Oreal and stepping down as a Labour Party LGBT ambassador.
Last year, when a Twitter user raised concerns that transgender activists were inciting violent and intimidating behaviour against women who disagree with them, including posting photos of their children online, Bergdorf responded: “Nobody cares.”
It was also claimed that Bergdorf was a safeguarding risk, for allegedly inviting minors to contact him directly to speak confidentially.
Campaign group Safe Schools Alliance said: “Bergdorf encourages children to make contact privately on the internet, which goes against child safeguarding principles, and can create mistrust between parents and their children.”
Janice Turner, a columnist for The Times, called the original decision to use Bergdorf as an ambassador for Childline “astonishing”.
But Bergdorf dismissed the concerns as a “transphobic hate campaign” and encouraged supporters to respond by donating to Mermaids – the controversial transgender lobby group which encourages the use of hormone treatment and surgery for children.
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