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Stonewall response to Kelvin Mackenzie

Stonewall comment:

The atrocities committed by terrorist organisations cannot be ignored but nor can they be conflated or confused with the Muslim faith. 

'By suggesting that we should 'fight Islam' Kelvin Mackenzie yet again spreads the false idea that religion and LGBT equality are not compatible. At Stonewall, we work with many people of faith and faith leaders - including many Muslims - who are LGBT or who believe in and support LGBT equality.

Next year we're hosting a programme specifically for people of faith who are LGBT to help empower them so they can create change in their communities and create a world where everyone is accepted without exception.

We also work with communities and activists across the world, supporting and sharing knowledge to help each other achieve progress for LGBT people in our communities. We're proud to work in faith schools, to help teachers tackle homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying, as we do in non-faith schools.

The atrocities committed by terrorist organisations cannot be ignored but nor can they be conflated or confused with the Muslim faith. That is Islamophobia.'

However, we also must not let casual homophobia slip past unnoticed. LGBT people hear this belittling 'banter' all too often. Hearing these 'jokes' from a TV presenter gives this bullying homophobia credence. We need to call it out. And we need to remember who the enemies of acceptance and freedom are - and that they can be of faith or not.'