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London Community Foundation suspends grant to LGB Alliance

The London Community Foundation suspended a grant to the LGB Alliance, following online criticism of the decision.

The grant would have been funded by a Arts Council of England program.

But the CFL said in a statement today that it became aware that the organisation’s charitable status was in question and that the suspension of a grant was “in line with our usual practice when a beneficiary is the subject of an investigation or examination”.

The LCF awarded the LGB Alliance £9,400 to fund his film ‘Queens – 70 years of queer history’ at the end of last month. The project was one of 73 initiatives to receive a share of £621,041 from the LCF as part of ACE’s Let’s Create Jubilee Fund celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee this year.

Following the announcement of the funding allocations earlier this week, LCF and ACE have come under fire on social media, with several Twitter users describing the LGB Alliance as an anti-trans hate group and questioning how diligent reasonable had been made before the grant. was awarded.

The LGB Alliance, which describes its mission as “to advance lesbian, gay and bisexual rights”, was created in 2019 by a group of activists and former supporters of the LGBT+ charity. Stone wallwho opposed Stonewall’s work on trans rights.

The alliance registered as a charity in April last year, but the Charity Commission’s decision to register it is currently being appealed to the Charity Tribunal. The case is due to be heard in September.

The call was funded by crowdfunding launched by the charity for young transgender people Sirens and nonprofit campaign organization, the Good Law Project. The LGB Alliance is also doing crowdfunding to fight the case.

In a statement released today, the CFL said: “On March 30, 2022, following standard review of applications and due diligence, the CFL awarded the LGB Alliance a grant for its ‘Queens – 70 Years of Queer History” as part of the Arts Council England Let’s Create the Jubilee Fund.

“To date, we have become aware that the charitable status of the organization is in question. In accordance with our usual practice, when a recipient is the subject of an investigation or review, this grant is suspended. »

The LGB Alliance did not respond to Third sectorrequest for comment.