Carrie Johnson speaks at 2021 Conservative Party conference
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The Prime Minister’s wife was the main attraction on Tuesday at a gathering outside of the official Tory conference timetable. Johnson was introduced by the 23-year-old chair of LGBT+ Conservatives Elena Bunbury who set the tone on her organisation’s views.
“Trans people’s rights that exist is not a topic up for discussion,” she said.
“If you feel disenfranchised or distant from the trans community … if you’ve forgotten the struggle that we ourselves felt, campaigning for equality, then truly that’s a shame.
“But it’s your choice.
“If you wish to ignore our shared struggle then that is on you.
“Trans people are not dangerous, they’re not scary, and they’re certainly not a threat to women and children – although the other event titles [at the conference] might think they are.”
The young activist was referencing the presence of the LGB Alliance, a group that does not recognize trans rights and gender identities, at the Tory conference.
Mrs Johnson then took the stage and expressed her support for all LGBT+ individuals.
“Whether you are LGBT+ or an ally like me, we are all committed to equality and acceptance for everyone, whomever you are and whomever you love,” she said.
“For all the progress we’ve made as a society we know there is still a long way to go.
“The LGBT+ community still faces stigma, harassment and discrimination, with hate crimes still a fact of life.
“I heard myself from the victim of such a crime at the Pride reception we held in Downing Street earlier this year, and I have to say I was moved to tears.”
Her comments arrive a week after health secretary Sajid Javid, appointed by Mrs Johnson’s husband, said: “Only women have a cervix.”
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His statement sparked outrage among trans activists and LGBT+ organisations who claim trans men can have a cervix too.
Carrie Johnson also made a reference to LGBT+ issues from an international perspective.
“Around the world, being LGBT+ is still a crime in 71 countries.
“In 11 countries it is punishable by death, just because of whom you love.
“None of this is acceptable, obviously, and it is up to all of us to stand up and say so as loudly as we can.”
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