Amber Rudd has been made equalities chief as LGBT reforms remain in limbo
Amber Rudd, the Home Secretary, has taken over as equalities chief.
Justine Greening, the most senior out politician in the country, was dramatically sacked yesterday as Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities.
She was offered a move to another role by Prime Minister Theresa May – but quit the government rather than allow herself to be moved out of the job.
The PM has announced that Rudd will fold the crucial equalities brief into her Home Office responsibilities.
The sacking of Greening – who gave an emotive speech after winning a PinkNews Award last year – throws ongoing key initiatives on LGBT rights into uncertainty.
She had been the driving force behind plans for LGBT-inclusive sex education and gender recognition reform.
Just last month, the now-former Education Secretary launched a consultation on the future of sex and relationship education in schools.
The consultation was aimed at “inviting views on age-appropriate content” on LGBT issues, as well as on mental wellbeing and staying safe online.
LGBT-inclusive sex education will now be an issue for the new Education Secretary Damian Hinds.
By moving back to the Home Office, the Government Equality Office has now moved department 11 times since its creation in 1997.
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