Model Munroe Bergdorf quits as Labour LGBT adviser

The transgender model and campaigner Munroe Bergdorf has quit her role on the Labour party’s LGBT advisory board after attacks in the tabloid press and by Conservatives over comments she had made. Bergdorf said she had been thrilled about the appointment, but said it had “turned into nasty tabloid fodder, blown out of all proportion”. The model, who had previously ended a L’Oreal partnership over other controversial statements, said her words were taken out of context by newspapers. She has been criticised for social media posts in which she wrote that she no longer had the energy to talk about the “racial violence of white people any more”. The post, published in the wake of the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia in August last year, continued: “Yes ALL white people. Because most of ya’ll don’t even realise or refuse to acknowledge that your existence, privilege and success as a race is built on the backs, blood and death of people of colour. Your entire existence is drenched in racism.” Other tweets highlighted by Conservatives, included the party’s vice-chair Helen Grant, included one where Bergdorf said the suffragettes were “white supremacists who were fighting for WHITE women’s rights” and […]