Nov 27, 2021

Two prominent women have spoken on Stonewall’s influence. The first is Boris Johnson’s former director of legislative affairs, Nikki da Costa. The second the journalist, Melanie Phillips.

Nikki da Costa says that Stonewall is dictating government policy on transgender rights. The former senior aide, who quit in August, says that a group of Boris Johnson’s most senior advisers are acting as mouthpieces of the LGBT lobby group, presenting him with “skewed” advice and refusing to arrange meetings with people who disagree.

“There is no other organisation – no business, or charity, no matter how big – that can pick up the phone to a special adviser sitting outside Boris Johnson’s office and get that person to speak directly to the prime minister,” she said. “But that is the kind of access that Stonewall has.”

How did a lobby group set up in 1989 and pushing a scientifically illiterate ideology come to exercise so much influence over our institutions? Times columnist Melanie Phillips has a compelling explanation. In a searing article summing up the way the LGBT agenda has piggybacked on the sexual revolution of the 1960s to capture the institutions of the West, Phillips explains how “marriage lost its sacred status” and “sex became little more than a recreational sport”.

The change in our culture’s understanding of marriage lies beneath all the other changes, she argues:

“Easier divorce, the rise of cohabitation and the indulgence of elective single parenthood redefined marriage as a merely transactional contract, diminished the importance of biological parents and transformed parenthood from a duty to a right. As such, it was easy to argue that these benefits should apply to gay people too. Under the rubric of ‘lifestyle choice’, gay equality was unarguable and axiomatic. What was once forbidden became tolerated and then turned into an ideology that brooked no dissent.”

In taking up the trans cause, she says, Stonewall is merely taking the sexual revolution’s radical principles to the next level – though ironically is upsetting many gay and lesbian people as it does so.

Real marriage between man and woman is the bedrock of society, and Phillips is right: once you abandon it in favour of an ideology of ‘lifestyle choice’, it’s not long before you lose sight even of what it means to be male and female.

If you redefine marriage then the redefinition of biological sex soon follows.