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Transgender model to be Labour's LGBT adviser

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Transgender model Munroe Bergdorf has become an LGBT adviser to Labour's women and equality minister Dawn Butler.The campaigner says she's "thrilled" to have been asked to help form "fairer and more effective policy change".Ms Butler said she was "proud to stand with those challenging discrimination".But Tory MP Helen Grant says language used by the model - who was sacked by L'Oreal over racism claims - "damages the campaign to promote equality".She's urged the Labour MP to reconsider the appointment.
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Thrilled to announce that I've been asked to be part of an LGBT+ advisory board for The Labour Party - To advise Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities, Dawn Butler MP, on issues affecting the LGBT+ community... pic.twitter.com/v7Be0YtLtE— Munroe Bergdorf Report
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Munroe was the first transgender model to front a campaign for L'Oreal but was dropped in September after claims she posted racist comments online.She wrote a lengthy Facebook post which it's claimed included the comment: "Honestly I don't have energy to talk about the racial violence of white people any more. 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."The comments were later deleted.L'Oreal said her comments were "at odds" with their values and it ended its partnership with her.The 29-year-old will work with Labour's shadow minister for women and equalities, Dawn Butler, who held an event at Parliament on Monday to announce the LGBT advisory panel.
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Delighted to host a reception in Parliament with @jeremycorbyn to celebrate #LGBTHM18. Pleased that the fantastic @LindaRiley8 and @AnthonyWatson have agreed to work with me to tackle the injustices facing the LGBT+ community and make sure society is truly equal for everyone pic.twitter.com/lKm2Di3K8d— (((Dawn Butler MP))) (@DawnButlerBrent) February 26, 2018
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Other advisers include Linda Riley, publisher of a magazine for lesbian and bisexual women, and entrepreneur Anthony Watson.It's understood the group will advise Ms Butler rather than the Labour Party directly on LGBT issues.A spokesperson for Ms Butler said: "Dawn is proud to stand with those challenging discrimination. "Dawn will consult with the LGBT advisory group on a wide-range of LGBT issues."Conservative MP Ms Grant has written to the Labour MP urging her to reconsider Munroe's appointment in light of the racism claims.
Helen Grant has criticised the appointment
In the letter, she also points out other posts by the model which she says are "abhorrent slurs".The posts, all from the past year, criticise suffragettes, gay male Conservatives and also make comments about racial issues."The kind of language Bergdorf has used has no place in public life, and ought to be condemned by all those who are serious about promoting equality," says Ms Grant."I urge you to reconsider your appointment of Munroe Bergdorf in light of these comments."Newsbeat has contacted Munroe's representative for a comment.Listen to Newsbeat live at 12:45 and 17:45 every weekday on BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra - if you miss us you can listen back here
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