Model and trans activist Munroe Bergdorf has been met with a wave of support after she was dropped from a children’s charity with supporters calling the act a “transphobic hate campaign” against Bergdorf.
According to i-D Magazine, Bergdorf wasn’t an official ambassador but was a frequent supporter of London’s National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) and Childline. Just last week, Bergdorf was named Childline’s first LGBT+ campaigner. Bergdorf has previously worked with campaigns with L’Oreal and acts as a media correspondent for outlets like Good Morning Britain and This Morning. She’s also faced transphobic and racial slurs for her commentary on white supremacists and white privilege.
Recently, journalist Janice Turner questioned Bergdorf’s position with NSPCC, calling her a “porn model.” Bergdorf previously appeared in Playboy where he discussed mental health and trans rights for people of color.
Hey @NSPCC can you please explain why a children’s safeguarding charity has hired a porn model as a Childline ambassador? It’s an astonishing decision. Is it worth the cancelled direct debits?
— Janice Turner (@VictoriaPeckham) June 6, 2019
Shortly after, the NSPCC stated Bergdorf wouldn’t “have no ongoing relationship with Childline or the NSPCC.”
Taking to Instagram, Bergdorf explained how she was hurt by the charity’s decision to cut ties. “My role with Childline was not paid. I accepted their request to become their first LGBT+ campaigner because I care about the wellbeing of LGBT+ kids, but especially trans kids who are consistently targeted by British media outlets,” she said.
According to the BBC, the charity hasn’t explained why she was dropped but the group did receive transphobic letters during their limited partnership. Celebs like The Good Place actress Jameela Jamil came to her support and called out outlets for their alleged transphobic behavior.
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I’m so sad to be writing this, unbelievably sad. Yesterday a Times journalist Janice Turner decided to launch a transphobic hate campaign on Twitter, calling me a ‘Porn Model’ and suggesting that if @childline_official didn’t stop working with me as a campaigner they would be urging people to cancel their direct debits. Firstly I have never shot porn in my life, secondly demonising those who do isn’t okay either. This Pride Month Childline had the opportunity to lead by example and stand up for the trans community, not bow down to anti-LGBT hate and overt transphobia. But instead they decided to sever ties without speaking to me, delete all the content we made together and back-peddle without giving any reason why. This comes just a couple of months after parents throughout the UK threatened to remove their children from schools for teaching about LGBT relationships and identities. My role with Childline was not paid, I accepted their request to become their first LGBT+ campaigner because I care about the wellbeing of all LGBT+ kids, but especially trans kids who are consistently targeted by British media outlets. My heart goes out to all the LGBT+ kids who have contacted me over the past week and the 6000 LGBT+ kids who contacted Childline for help in the past year. Pride is about resisting this kind of hate, not giving into it.
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Trigger warning. Transphobia alert: @childline_official @nspcc_official have completely dropped this young trans activist because a bunch of cis white journalists started a hate campaign against her, threatening to withdraw funds and support from them if they don’t drop @munroebergdorf Munroe. This is Transphobia disguised and whorephobia, which is also disgusting. I’m SO disappointed in CHILDLINE for immediately caving to these bigots. GREAT message to young trans kids, the ones MOST LIKELY TO NEED EXTRA SUPPORT. Let’s all support @mermaidsgender instead. ❤️