Conservative Equality Minister Kemi Badenoch has been exposed to questioning same-sex marriage, calling trans women “men” and using the offensive term “transgender” in a leaked recording.
The recording, obtained by VICE Global News, was made in Badenoch’s parliamentary office in 2018, a year after being elected MP for Saffron Walden.
A year later, she was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families by Boris Johnson, before becoming Equalities Minister last year.
In the audio recording, Badenoch said: “It’s not about minority rights anymore in terms of race or nationality, it’s now, you know, it’s not even about sexuality now, it ‘is now like the whole transgender movement, where, okay, we have same-sex marriage and civil partnerships, so what are trans people looking for? “
She continued, “Even when, you know, then, people hear about it, you know like the whole bathroom story, it’s actually more of an American thing but they have a similar problem, that, right now, it’s not just about being free to marry whoever you want, you now want men to use women’s bathrooms.
VICE reports that Badenoch, who was appointed minister of state for regional growth and local government this week during Johnson’s cabinet reshuffle while retaining her equality role, “also seems to mock same-sex marriage and the law of 2013 on marriage (same-sex couples) ”.
Kemi Badenoch’s anti-LGBT + comments were ‘taken out of context’, government spokesman said
Kemi Badenoch, as Minister of Equality, is responsible for “combating the discrimination and inequalities that LGBT people face”. However she quietly met the anti-trans hate group LGB Alliance last summer, recently refused to participate in an investigation in the reform of the law on gender recognition and has already faced repeated calls for resign from his post to “fail” to the LGBT + community.
Responding to her last words, a government spokesperson defended the Minister for Equalities in a statement to VICE.
They said: “The Equalities Minister is working hard to provide services to LGBT people, from modernizing the process for applying for a gender recognition certificate, to advancing LGBT rights in the workplace. or to ban conversion therapy.
“This 2018 comment was taken out of context as the Minister made it clear that a balance must be struck between equality and fairness when there are multiple and often competing demands between different groups. It should not be used to distort one’s opinions. “
But John Nicholson, vice-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on LGBT + Rights Around the World, said RoseNews: “The anti-LGBT + tirade leaked by the UK Equality Minister is deeply depressing.
“I feel sorry for the human rights defenders in pro-equality organizations who now have to sit in a room with the minister knowing what she thinks in private about trans and gay people.”