The UK’s Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has drifted far afield of its intended purpose, and the government that appointed it must immediately review its composition and conduct, the leader of Metropolitan Community Churches said.


The British Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) in recent months has faced allegations that it denies the existence of institutional racism in the United Kingdom and that it is working to require transgender people to present a Gender Recognition Certification (GCR) to use public restrooms and other public accommodations.


According to several media reports, the EHRC is moving to discriminate against transgender individuals who do not possess a government-issued GCR – which only 1 percent of British trans folks hold.   Additionally, reports have leaked from staffers at the Commission that its members and leaders deny the existence of institutional racism in the UK.


“If we take these reports at face value, our natural reaction is to call for a complete removal of current EHRC members and a reformation of the Commission with great haste,” said Rev. Cecilia Eggleston, moderator of Metropolitan Community Churches – a denomination that affirms, recognizes and ordains transgender people.  “Several organizations have contacted the United Nations and the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions requesting an immediate review of the EHRC’s status, along with calling for the British Women and Equalities Select Committee to probe the EHRC.  We stand in unity with these demands.”