Tory equalities minister Kemi Badenoch criticised for calling trans women ‘men' in leaked tape

© PA

The government responded saying that Ms Badenoch’s comments had been taken out of context

– PA

Minister for equalities Kemi Badenoch called trans women “men” and questioned their campaign for equal rights in a leaked audio recording.

Ms Badenoch, who has just been given a key ministerial position in the housing ministry, reportedly made the comments in her parliamentary office in 2018, a year after she was elected as an MP.

In the conversation, which was reported by Vice World News, Ms Badenoch seemed to suggest that transgender people had campaigned for increased rights because they wanted to pick a cause. Ms Badenoch argued that politics had moved on from debates about the rights of ethnic minorities, adding: “It’s not even about sexuality now. It’s now like the whole transgender movement, where, OK well we’ve got gay marriage, and civil partnerships, so what are transsexuals looking for?”

The phrase transsexual, like transvestite, is considered outdated and offensive by some transgender people.

She then went on to talk about the debate over gender-neutral bathrooms, saying: “Even when … people hear about … the whole bathroom thing, its actually more of an American thing but they have a similar problem, that … now it’s not just about being free to marry who you want, you now want to have men using women’s bathrooms.”

A government spokesperson defended the comments by saying that Ms Badenoch, who has been minister for equalities since February 2020, was talking about balancing competing demands from different groups.

They said: “The minister for equalities is working hard to deliver for LGBT people, whether that is modernising the process of applying for a gender recognition certificate, driving forward LGBT rights in the workplace, or banning conversion therapy.

“This 2018 comment has been taken out of context, with the minister making a clear point about striking the balance for equality and fairness when there are multiple and often competing demands between different groups. It should not be used to misrepresent her views.”

Angela Rayner, shadow chancellor of the duchy of Lancaster, called the comments “disgusting”. She said: “With hate crimes and transphobia on the rise we need an equalities minister who will stand up for trans people.”

She added: “Everyone should be able to be themselves and be celebrated, supported and loved for who they are. The equalities minister should not be in the job if she does not believe that. Solidarity with my trans brothers and sisters today and always. The Labour Party is absolutely committed to advancing trans rights and updating the GRA to introduce self-declaration for trans people and upholding the Equality Act. Your fight is our fight.”

Ms Badenoch is currently tasked with putting together the UK’s first ever global LGBT+ conference, which aims to celebrate “kindness, tolerance and openness”.

John Nicolson, the SNP’s shadow culture secretary and deputy chair of the all-party parliamentary group on global LGBT+ rights, told Vice News that Badenoch had “no credibility” as equalities minister.

LGBT+ charity Stonewall responded to the revelations, saying: “We’re shocked to hear of the comments attributed to the minister, which are both hurtful and harmful to LGBTQ+ communities.”

From news to politics, travel to sport, culture to climate – The Independent has a host of free newsletters to suit your interests. To find the stories you want to read, and more, in your inbox, click here.

Internet Explorer Channel Network
News Related


Inside Dwight Yorke's lavish jet-set life after abandoning Harvey Price, facing bankruptcy and relocating to Dubai

KATIE Price’s eldest son Harvey has seen many father figures come and go over the years, including Peter Andre and Kieran Hayler. But the 19-year-old hasn’t spoken to his biological ... Read more »

We starred in Harry Potter, Mr Bean & a Little Mix McDonald's ad as kids: here's what really went on behind the scenes

BEING on TV is what many children dream of – and for a lucky few, that dream came true. Earlier this year TikTok star Meghann Cooke, now 25, from Bishop ... Read more »

This Is How She Does It: This Interior Designer Launched Her Own Firm Right Before the Pandemic and it Brings in 200K Per Year

© Lauren Miller Tiffany sitting on a brown couch Tiffany Piotrowski may only be 31, but the interior designer is already running her own design firm, Tiffany Leigh Design. With ... Read more »

Fortnite 18.30 Update Secretly Adds Two New Weapons

Fortnite’s latest update has secretly added two new weapons into the mix. Here’s what you need to know. Fortnite’s 18.30 update went live yeterday after a short period of downtime. ... Read more »

Queues at airport to be slashed as Rishi Sunak confirms £628million for digital overhaul at border

BRITAIN'S creaking borders have been handed a £628 million upgrade to slash waiting times. The Chancellor confirmed he will plough millions into a new digital travel pass scheme to boost ... Read more »

Best mattress deals for October 2021: single, double, king and super king beds

(Bensons for Beds) They say you should never skimp on quality when it comes to shopping for two things: a mattress or shoes. Because you’ll probably spend your life in ... Read more »

Rishi Sunak confirms £74million for new Navy cutters to crackdown on illegal migrants

BRITAIN'S borders will be beefed with a new fleet of cutters to curb illegal immigration, Rishi Sunak confirmed. The chancellor unveiled cash to buy a brand new fleet of 11 ... Read more »

Cricket-England rout Bangladesh, inch closer to semis in T20 World Cup

1 / 5Cricket-England rout Bangladesh, inch closer to semis in T20 World CupICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 – Super 12 – Group 1 – England v Bangladesh By Amlan ... Read more »

Rishi Sunak vows to make it his ‘mission' to cut taxes on Brits by the next General Election in 2024

RISHI Sunak today declared he'll make it his “mission” to cut taxes again before the next General Election. The Chancellor insisted he's committed to reducing the amount paid by ordinary ... Read more »

Triumph reveals limited-run Bonneville Gold Line editions

Triumph has revealed a series of special edition motorcycles that will only go on sale for one year. Called the Gold Line Editions, they’ve been designed to celebrate the hand-painted ... Read more »

Universal Credit taper rate cut to ‘reward work' of low-income families

Universal Credit claimants will be able to keep more of the benefit as they earn more, as part of a £2 billion tax cut to help low-paid families with the ... Read more »

Sunday Brunch host Simon Rimmer reveals daughter had drink spiked

Sunday Brunch host Simon Rimmer has recalled feeling “terrified” after his daughter’s drink was spiked. The TV chef, 58, said his 24-year-old daughter Flo was targeted around five years ago ... Read more »

US Marshals raid wrong apartment, hold mom and baby at gunpoint: video

US Marshals searching for a murder suspect in Florida knocked on the wrong door – and forced a mother holding her child out at gunpoint, intense video shows. Kada Staples, ... Read more »

Sudan's PM detained at home of coup leader ‘for his own safety'

The Sudanese military leader who took power in a bloody coup on Monday has said he is keeping the deposed prime minister detained at the general’s personal residence “for his ... Read more »

Scottish MP visited bar and leisure centre while suffering from Covid, court hears

Margaret Ferrier, a former SNP MP turned Independent, has been charged with culpable and reckless conduct by Scottish prosecutors – Jane Barlow/PA Wire An MP accused of illegally travelling by ... Read more »

Novavax seeks UK authorization for COVID-19 vaccine

(Reuters) -Novavax Inc said on Wednesday it had completed the real-time submission of an application for the authorization of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate in the United Kingdom. The submission is ... Read more »

Bharat Biotech's US partner Ocugen files request with FDA for Covaxin trials

Vial of Covaxin (File image) Ocugen, Bharat Biotech’s US partner for COVID-19 vaccine Covaxin, on Wednesday said it has submitted Investigational New Drug Application (IND) to the US Food and ... Read more »

Loudoun County school board member calls for superintendent to resign for pushing trans policy

A member of the Loudoun County School Board in Virginia has joined concerned parents and students in calling for the resignation of Superintendent Scott Ziegler in the wake of an ... Read more »

PHT Morning Skate: Blackhawks reaction; O'Reilly in COVID-19 protocol

Welcome to the PHT Morning Skate, a collection of links from the NHL and around the hockey world. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at phtblog@nbcsports. © Provided ... Read more »

Mithali Raj to be Conferred With Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award

© Provided by News18 Mithali Raj to be Conferred With Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award India women cricketer Mithali Raj will be conferred with Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna ... Read more »

ADGP Jammu administers oath at 'observance of vigilance awareness week' ceremony

© Provided by The Times of India JAMMU: As a part of the observance of Vigilance Awareness Week (Oct 26-Nov 1), ADGP Jammu Zone Mukesh Singh-IPS administered oath to the ... Read more »

UFC 267 Clash: Makhachev Vs. Hooker!

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Lightweight contenders Islam Makhachev and Dan Hooker will face off this weekend (Sat., Oct. 30, 2021) at UFC 267 inside Etihad Arena on “Fight Island” in ... Read more »

FSSAI planning risk management system for domestic sector

© Provided by The Times of India CHENNAI: FSSAI planning to launch a risk management system for the domestic sector similar to the system already in place for imported products ... Read more »

NEET candidate alleges tampering with OMR sheet, Kerala HC orders probe

© Provided by Zee News New Delhi: A NEET candidate moved the Kerala High Court alleging that her OMR sheet tampered with. The petitioner pointed out several things including mother’s ... Read more »

Are you suffering from high blood pressure? THIS exercise can lower it immediately

© Provided by Jagran English New Delhi | Jagran Lifestyle Desk: High Blood Pressure also known as hypertension is a very common disease nowadays. In hypertension, there is an excessive ... Read more »

BSF's assistance essential to maintain peace in Punjab : Amarinder

© Provided by The Statesman BSF’s assistance essential to maintain peace in Punjab : Amarinder Slamming the state government over its repeated denial of any serious security concerns, former Punjab ... Read more »

Emma Raducanu admits to 'learning one big thing' since stunning US Open triumph

Emma Raducanu has opened up on what she has learned since her historic US Open victory, as she recorded her first match win since lifting the trophy. The 18-year-old became ... Read more »

Budget 2021: Sunak cuts draft beer duty in most radical reforms in 100 years

Sunak said the measure was a ‘long-term investment’ in UK pubs, amounting to £100m a year and a permanent cut in the costs of a pint by 3p. Photo: Andy ... Read more »

Christine Lampard asks Coleen Nolan why she's not included in her book

© Provided by Daily Mail MailOnline logo They’ve starred together for years on ITV daytime show Loose Women. So it was little wonder why Christine Lampard aired her confusion as ... Read more »

China's PLA shrouds military movement by restricting use of homegrown navigation system

Amid a ramp-up of India’s surveillance to get a clearer picture of Chinese activities and movements close to the Line of Actual Control (LAC), China has restricted the use of ... Read more »

Unions attack lack of detail on public sector pay

Unions representing public service workers have attacked the lack of detail in the Budget despite confirmation of an end to the freeze on pay. One official said it was “meaningless” ... Read more »

Scottish giants become latest club interested in Derby man

© PA Images Lee Buchanan, Kamil Jozwiak and Louie Sibley celebrate their side scoring. Celtic have joined the race for the signature of Derby defender Lee Buchanan, per a report. According ... Read more »

Weather Alert: Heavy Rainfall, Thunderstorm Likely in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry Till Oct 31, Predicts IMD | Check Forecast For THIS Week

© Victor Dasgupta | News Desk The Regional Department issues weather forecast till Nov 1. New Delhi: The India Meteorological Department(IMD) on Wednesday said that a low-pressure area has ... Read more »

Richard Madeley asked if he's ‘stupid' as he clashes with Insulate Britain campaigner on Good Morning Britain

© Good Morning Britain / ITV Good Morning Britain – Insulate Britain Richard Madeley clashed with an Insulate Britain protester on Good Morning Britain amid protests that saw two major ... Read more »

You [inflation] get [bills] a [tax hike] pay [UC cut] rise!

(West End Final) Most of the time, you can safely switch off when any politician deploys the word ‘real’. Think phrases such as giving ‘real help’ to ‘real families’. Total ... Read more »

Danny Mills caught in live TV gaffe calling Manchester United ‘s**t'

© Sky Sports News final_617935e8e2318e00de3677e2_577955.png Danny Mills has made a live TV gaffe with his blunt take on Manchester United’s recent form saying: “Basically, United are s**t” The former Manchester ... Read more »

Prince William is 'frustrated' by The Crown's plans for next season

Photo credit: Chris Jackson – Getty Images As fans of the (loosely based on real life) royal drama, The Crown, will know, the series certainly doesn't shy away from storylines ... Read more »

CBSE Class 12 Mathematics sample paper in MCQ format with solutions

CBSE Class 12 Mathematics sample paper in MCQ format with solutions: Solve this CBSE sample paper to know if you can score 100% The CBSE sample papers for the Term ... Read more »

India Hits Out at China Over Attempt to Alter Border Situation With New Land Boundary Law

© Kritika Bansal | News Desk File photo New Delhi: Hitting out at China over its new Land Boundary Law that the country has adopted for the protection and ... Read more »

Google to let you request to remove images from search results

© Provided by Zee News Tech giant Google has launched a new safety feature that lets under-18s request the removal of images of themselves from the company’s search results. According ... Read more »
On you will find lots of free English exam practice materials to help you improve your English skills: grammar, listening, reading, writing, ielts, toeic