- The UK Equality Minister reportedly referred to trans women as “men” in a leaked audio recording obtained by VICE World News.
- Kemi Badenoch is also said to have made fun of same-sex marriage, the outlet reported.
- A spokesperson for the UK government told VICE World News that the 2018 comments were “taken out of context.”
According to a leaked audio recording obtained by VICE World News, the UK Equality Minister allegedly mistreated transgender women and made fun of same-sex marriage in an “anti-LGBTQ rant.”
The outlet reported that Kemi Badenoch, Tory MP for Saffron Walden, made the comments in her parliamentary office in 2018 – a year before she was appointed Equalities Minister by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
“It is no longer about minority rights in terms of race or nationality,” Badenoch said in the recording, according to VICE World News reporter Ben Hunte. “It’s now, you know, it’s not even about sexuality now, it’s now like the whole transgender movement, where, okay, we have same-sex marriage and civil partnerships, where the transsexuals? “
The term ‘transgender’ is considered outdated and offensive by many trans people, and HuffPost has reported that it could be seen as going against UK equality laws.
Badenoch also appeared to call trans women “men” in the leaked audio recording, Hunte said on Twitter.
“Even when, you know, people hear about it, you know like the whole bathroom story,” the MP said in the recording, according to the outlet. “It’s actually more of an American thing, but they have a similar problem, which is that right now it’s not just about being free to marry whoever you want, now you want men use the women’s restroom. “
VICE World News also reported that MP Saffron Walden allegedly mocked same-sex marriage in the audio recording, but gave no further details about the exchange.
The Badenochs have been condemned by charities for LGBTQ rights. Stonewall, Europe’s largest LGBTQ rights organization, called his comments “hurtful and damaging.” The LGBT Foundation called his comments “archaic and offensive.”
-Stonewall (@stonewalluk) September 17, 2021
-LGBT Foundation (@LGBTfdn) September 17, 2021
Angela Rayner, deputy leader of the Labor Party, called Badenoch’s comments “disgusting”.
-Angela Rayner (@AngelaRayner) September 17, 2021
A government spokesperson told VICE World news: “The Equalities Minister is working hard to help LGBT people, from modernizing the process for applying for a gender recognition certificate, to advancing rights. LGBT people in the workplace or to ban conversion therapy.
“This 2018 comment has been taken out of context, with the minister making it clear that a balance must be struck between equality and fairness when there are multiple and often competing demands between different groups. used to distort his point of view. “
Badenoch did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.