Stonewall has denied it is splitting in the wake of newspaper reports that a faction of former supporters had created a new group opposed to the charity’s stance on transgender rights.
Reports in The Times and The Daily Telegraph newspapers said a new organisation, called the LGB Alliance, had been set up by prominent activists and former Stonewall supporters opposed to the charity’s work fighting for transgender rights.
The newspapers reported that the LGB Alliance was formed at a meeting in London on Tuesday and would be launched formally in the New Year.
But in a statement posted on its website, Stonewall said there was no truth in the claims that it was splitting and pointed out that no current staff or trustees at the charity were involved in the LGB Alliance.
Paul Twocock, interim chief executive of Stonewall, said: "There is no truth to reports of Stonewall ‘splitting’, so please ignore the alarmist headlines.
"These stories don’t refer to any current Stonewall staff or trustees. There is no equality for lesbian, gay and bi people without equality for trans people.
"We’re all united in our mission to achieving acceptance without exception for all LGBT people."
A letter to The Sunday Times newspaper on 22 September had criticised Stonewall’s approach, which the letter says had in some aspects undermined women’s rights and protections.
The letter, which was signed by 22 people, including a former Stonewall trustee, concluded that "if Stonewall remains intransigent, there must surely now be an opening for a new organisation committed both to freedom of speech and to fact instead of fantasy".