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So, a couple weeks back, the BBC's LBGT+ support page quietly dropped three trans-specific helplines:

At the time, the reason was unknown even to the corporation's internal Pride Network.

Now, we hear the reason has been officially given - confirmation that they were 'dropped due to “audience complaints” relating to the “increasingly contested issues relating to trans issues and children”'.

Fuck that with a rusty chainsaw. Removal of those support lines gives clear support to those who *don't need those helplines*, and unambiguously aligned management against trans people. It's not coincidental that with the ramping up of TERFs in the press has come a sharp rise in harassment and violent attacks against trans people; either the BBC supports that, or they oppose it.

Their complaints page:

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Put in a complaint with the BBC about this ⬆️ - after all, if a few complaints are enough to get the links taken down then surely a few more will be enough to get them put back up again 🤔

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@ghost_bird Likewise. The charities involved seem commendably furious, so hopefully what some TERF in BBC management may’ve thought they could quietly sweep under the rug is going to prove anything but. The FOIA-ish request filed could prove illuminating, too.

“Increasingly contested” my fluffy hind.

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@porsupah Yeah, that’s a giveaway. Create a narrative of “controversy” and use it as a wedge.

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@ghost_bird Just so. I ought to've enquired if they'd abandon global warming resources if enough denialists shouted at them.. ugh.

"Oh, but we've given them links to the NHS' trans info!" Oooh, brilliant idea. It'll only take them a few years to get around to seeing those minors, by which time first puberty's liable to be largely done, unless the family's got the means and knowledge to hook up with GenderGP. (Still the only one that takes under-18s, ne?)

Really, that single word says *so* much. =:P

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@porsupah @ghost_bird The "stealth protests" of these anti-rights groups are so infuritating.

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@celesteh Nicely done! Briefer than mine, but I think we all saw that coming. =:)


I've been waiting, patiently, to see trans helplines reinstated to the LGBT+ support page. As you may know, there were three trans-specific charities removed from that page a few weeks ago, and not even the BBC's internal Pride Network knew why, or had apparently even been informed or consulted.

Those erased include: Mermaids, The Gender Trust, and The Gender Identity Research and Education Society (GIRES).

Now, we learn this was indeed made in deliberate support of anti-trans bigots, citing the removal 'due to “audience complaints” relating to the “increasingly contested issues relating to trans issues and children”'.

Let me be clear: if you received a barrage of complaints against Black helplines being listed, would you listen and remove them? Perhaps some people might argue against the BBC being seen to support Jewish or Muslim helplines. Would you listen to those and act to remove your support there too?

Trans people in the UK are under quite literal attack - police figures for anti-trans hate crimes, including violent assault, are sharply up in the last couple years. Removal of these charities' presence is *not* neutrality.

The BBC must urgently take a stance in support of *all* of the LGBT community, specifically including trans people. We are, in very real terms, dying because of a lack of will in those with power to help us.

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@celesteh Ugh. Sounds like the canned reply they seem to've prepared for public release - think Mermaids had it up, side by side with the rather more frank version circulated internally, which admitted to that damnable "controversy" shit.

This isn't over by a long chalk, much as they may wish to dismiss criticism of their abandonment.

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@porsupah yeah, of course it was because of "audience complaints" and not at all in direct reprisal for the BBC being called institutionally transphobic immediately beforehand

auntie's turned into a spiteful bigot in her old age

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@thamesynne Meanwhile, complaints against the documented bias toward Tory guests over Labour (by about 2:1, IIRC) on Question Time are roundly ignored. Funny how that works! Must be some accidental oversight. /s

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@porsupah complaint fucking sent, that's fucking disgusting

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@PsyChuan Thanks. Wish it hadn't been necessary. "Controversy" my fluffy rear..

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