A lesbian, gay and bisexual equality charity is expanding its remit to campaign for transgender rights.
Stonewall will increase its campaigns following a review of its relations with the trans community. It had previously been criticised for marginalising and even denigrating trans people.
Ruth Hunt, the charity’s chief executive, said: “Whether we’re challenging bullying in our schools, tackling hate crime on our streets or working to make our public services truly equal for users, we have a responsibility to use our voice and share our 25 years of experience.
“This change marks a significant moment in Stonewall’s history. As a community we can achieve much more by standing together. This is an exciting but huge undertaking – we recognise that we are not instant experts, and will work closely with the trans community to achieve real change for LGBT people.”
As part of its new direction, Stonewall will appoint advisers including a trans expert board member.
Stonewall was founded 25 years ago, taking its name from the anti-homophobic Stonewall riots in New York’s Greenwich Village.