The LGBTQ+ support charity Stonewall has accused The Times and the Daily Mail newspapers of participating in “threadbare attacks” on its work.
The charity highlighted that the two titles, along with The Sunday Times, ran five negative articles about Stonewall over the weekend.
Stonewall also said in other messages on Twitter that it was “deeply disturbing to see co-ordinated attacks on LGBTQ+ equality organisations and anyone trying to make their community more inclusive”, and it was important to shine a light on it.
“Just this weekend there have been five national newspaper stories making threadbare attacks on our Diversity Champions programme, which helps 850+ employers create an inclusive environment for their LGBTQ+ colleagues,” it said.
The charity was referring to reports that the Equality and Human Rights Commission had pulled out of Stonewall’s Diversity Champions programme, citing concerns about value for money.
“We’re proud of all the progress we’ve been part of since we were set up in 1989,” Stonewall said.
“But look at some news outlets today and you’d think we were still in 1989, with the same narratives trying to drive fear and division in communities.
“We stand for all LGBTQ+ people, for our freedom, equity and potential. We won't be silenced.
“Not until all of us are free to be proud, free to be loved, free to be together, free to be who we are. Our work continues until the world we imagine is the world we live in.”