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Britain’s National Trust has backed down on a controversial policy which saw volunteers banished to behind-the-scenes roles if they refused to wear gay pride apparel after public outcry, and reports of membership cancellations.
The U-turn came after volunteers at the 17th Century Felbrigg Hall, a stately home in Norfolk, had been ordered to wear rainbow-flag coloured National Trust badges to coincide with the organisation’s ‘Prejudice and Pride’ season celebrating the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in the United Kingdom.
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A number of volunteers refused, and after reportedly hundreds of National Trust supporters cancelled their memberships and the story gained traction in the national press the organisation has now said wearing the badges will no longer be mandatory.
Speaking to Breitbart London, the chairman of the Bow Group, Britain’s oldest Conservative think-tank Ben Harris-Quinney said the decision of the Trust to make wearing LGBT badges mandatory was ‘un-British’.
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He said: “The National Trust is largely made up of members who have an interest in British history and heritage.
“I find it highly unlikely that those members support the compulsory wearing of any political or religious iconography, which would be distinctly un-British, and I would guess it is even more unlikely that they would support one representing the ideology of Cultural Marxism.
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