NSPCC cancel Mumsnet child abuse live chat after flood of transphobia

NSPCC Cancels mumsnet child abuse chat transphobia

The NSPCC canceled a Facebook Live discussion on child abuse prevention with Mumsnet after a slew of transphobia from users.

Britain’s leading child abuse charity, the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), attempted to set up a Facebook Live discussion on Thursday 30 August with Mumsnet.

The chat hoped to help parents talk to kids about staying safe from abuse, as they promote two of their recent campaigns Speak out. Stay safe, and PANTS.

However, nearly every single question posed to the NSPCC concerned trans children identifying as female. In them, the adults misgender trans kids, as well as conflate trans girls with rapists.

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After delaying the chat, the charity pulled out of the event, before releasing this statement to Mumsnet: ‘The NSPCC doesn’t consider there to be specific child protection concerns in relation to trans-inclusive policies.

‘Any space and activity involving children should have strong safeguarding policies in place, with a proper risk assessment to minimise the risks to all children involved.

‘And every adult working with children should undergo rigorous safety checks and vetting procedures to ensure that young people are safe in their care.

‘Trans young people are at particular risk of physical, sexual and emotional abuse from peers. This can heighten the risk of abuse by adults as children turn online for support and access to networks of those sharing similar views and feelings.

‘There should be high-quality, statutory relationships and sex education, alongside strong school safeguarding policies to ensure that all children are kept safe in school.’

Mumsnet and Transphobia

Earlier this year Channel 4 was accused of encouraging transphobic speech during a debate, though the channel categorically denied that was the case.

During their televised Genderquake show – which aired in May 2018 – audience members hurled abuse at trans speakers Caitlyn Jenner and Monroe Bergdof.

Trans Media Watch cited a Mumsnet forum where Posie Parker claimed producers encouraged them to heckle.

Posie Parker was interviewed by police earlier this year in connection with alleged abusive postings about the CEO of a trans support group.

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Grindr looks to go public on stock exchange

Grindr is likely to offer shares to investors in an Initial Public Offering

Popular gay dating app Grindr may soon being going public, according to a filing with the Shenzhen Stock Exchange.

Tech entrepreneur Joel Simkhai launched Grindr in 2009. One of the first geosocial networking sites on the market, it benefited from the explosion in smartphone use and quickly became one of the most popular dating apps for gay and bisexual men. It says it has over 2million daily users.

In 2016, it sold a majority 61.5% shareholding to China’s Beijing Kunlun Tech for $93million. This was followed last year by the gaming company buying the remaining 38.5% for $152million – given it overall ownership.

Now, according to the Financial Times, the board of Kunlun have unaminously agreed an initial public offering (IPO).

According to a filing with the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, Grindr accounted for 4% of Kunlun’s overall profits last year, and the app has been ‘continuously profitable’ for three years.

Kindr to debut in September

Money raised from the IPO will go towards further expansion and development.

Although primarily used by gay and bisexual men to meet, hook-up and date, the app has expanded in the last two years to also offer articles and video content via its online magazine, Into.

Next month, it’s due to debut new initiative, Kindr. This is believed to be a response to users experiencing racism and other forms of discrimination on the site. At the moment, the company has only teased the campaign, with the tagline, ‘It’s time to play nice’. The project will be rolled out from 19 September.

An expected date for the IPO has not yet been revealed.

See also

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Eminem criticised for using anti-gay slur on new album Kamikaze

Eminem has come under fire for using the anti-gay term ‘faggot’ on his new album.

The American rapper embraced his inner Beyoncé earlier today and surprised released his tenth studio album, Kamikaze.


So far, it’s received critical acclaim and praise from fans and critics (especially for lyrics attacking US President Donald Trump) but it’s also garnered controversy for including a homophobic slur.

On Fall, Eminem attacks fellow rapper Tyler, the Creator, saying: “Tyler create nothing, I see why you called yourself a faggot, bitch / It’s not just ’cause you lack attention / It’s ’cause you worship D12’s balls, you’re sacrilegious.”

His lyrics reference Tyler’s last studio album, Flower Boy, on which he seemingly came as gay/bisexual.

On I Ain’t Got Time, the rapper says: “Next line will have ’em like ‘Whoa’ / I been kissing white boys since 2004.”

Eminem has been slammed in the past for his use of homophobic lyrics. In 2013, he defended his use of the word ‘faggot’ on his album The Marshall Mathers LP 2, claiming to have “no issue” with gay people.

He said: ““Not saying it’s wrong or it’s right, but at this point in my career – man, I say so much shit that’s tongue-in-cheek. I poke fun at other people, myself.

“But the real me sitting here right now talking to you has no issues with gay, straight, transgender, at all. I’m glad we live in a time where it’s really starting to feel like people can live their lives and express themselves.

“And I don’t know how else to say this, I still look at myself the same way that I did when I was battling and broke.”

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