Transgender model Munroe Bergdorf has become an LGBT adviser for the UK’s Labour Party. In the new role, she will serve on an advisory board for the party’s women and equality minister, Dawn Butler.
Butler told the BBC she’s ‘proud to stand with those challenging discrimination’.
For her part, Bergdorf tweeted she was ‘thrilled’. Here she is with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.
The announcement and creation of the board coincided with the UK’s LGBT History Month.
Butler tweeted the board will work with her to ‘tackle the injustices facing the LGBT+ community and make sure society is truly equal for everyone’.
Delighted to host a reception in Parliament with @jeremycorbyn to celebrate #LGBTHM18. Pleased that the fantastic @LindaRiley8 and @AnthonyWatson have agreed to work with me to tackle the injustices facing the LGBT+ community and make sure society is truly equal for everyone pic.twitter.com/lKm2Di3K8d
— (((Dawn Butler))) (@DawnButlerBrent) February 26, 2018
However, Bergdorf’s inclusion doesn’t please everyone.
Tory MP Helen Grant believes the model’s language ‘damages the campaign to promote equality’.
Not afraid to speak her mind
Bergdorf made waves last year when she became L’Oreal UK’s first trans model — and her refusal to stay quiet.
Days after her hiring, the beauty company let her go following a Facebook post challenging racism.
In her message, following the events in Charlottesville last August, Bergdorf wrote: ‘Honestly I don’t have energy to talk about the racial violence of white people any more. Yes ALL white people.’
She later wrote another post defending her words.
‘When I stated that “all white people are racist”, I was addressing that fact that western society as a whole, is a SYSTEM rooted in white supremacy – designed to benefit, prioritise and protect white people before anyone of any other race.’
Despite any backlash, Bergdorf continued to speak out for her beliefs.
She also implored the media to do better by trans youth.
Thrilled to announce that I've been asked to be part of an LGBT+ advisory board for The Labour Party – To advise Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities, Dawn Butler MP, on issues affecting the LGBT+ community… pic.twitter.com/v7Be0YtLtE
— ＭＵＮＲＯＥ (@MunroeBergdorf) February 26, 2018