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Printer refused to make business cards for trans woman because it went against 'Christian values'

Printer claimed printing business cards would push trans acceptance on other Christians

Printer refused to make business cards for trans woman because it went against 'Christian values'
Joanne Lockwood was shocked to be discriminated against by the printer

A printer refused to make business cards for a trans woman because it went against his ‘Christian values’.

Joanne Lockwood, a diversity consultant, had gone to make the cards for her consultancy SEE Change Happen – offering company advice on equality, diversity and inclusion for trans staff.

Nigel Williams, a printer based in Southampton, Hampshire, allegedly refused to take the contract.

He claimed it would ‘make pressure worse’ for Christians who are ‘being forced to accept trans people in society’.

Lockwood emailed Williams after they first met at a business conference, and asked him if he would print the business cards.

In his response, according to the Sunday Times, he said: ‘The new model of diversity is used (or misused) to marginalize (or indeed discriminate against) Christians in their workplaces and other parts of society if they do not subscribe to it.

‘Although I’m quite sure you have no intention of marginalizing Christians, it would weigh heavily upon me if through my own work I was to make pressure worse for fellow Christians.’

Lockwood said she couldn’t believe how this could happen in 2017.

‘I have been distraught and cried and my wife consoled me,’ she said.

‘He wanted to make a point to me deliberately for his own motives. I have been the victim of some discrimination.’

Christian Institute, a group that backs homophobes and their ‘rights’, is backing Williams.

It said: ‘It is a fundamental tenet of free speech and freedom of belief that people should not be forced to help promote causes flatly contrary to their own deeply held views.’


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