Printer refuses business cards for trans woman due to Christianity

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A transgender diversity consultant was left ‘distraught’ when a printers refused to make her business cards saying it would be discrimination against Christians. Joanne Lockwood ordered the business cards for her business SEE Change Happen, which works with companies to protect trans people at work. Ms Lockwood sent an email to Southampton based printer Nigel Williams after the two met at a business conference, asking him about printing cards. In response, Mr Williams sent a letter to her refusing the order not to offend Christians. In the letter, seen by The Sunday Times, the printer wrote: “The new model of diversity is used (or misused) to marginalise (or indeed discriminate against) Christians in their workplaces and other parts of society if they do not subscribe to it. Although I’m quite sure you have no intention of marginalising Christians, it would weigh heavily upon me if through my own work I was to make pressure worse for fellow Christians.” The woman said she could not believe such things may happen now. Campaigning group Christian Institute have defended the printer’s actions, calling the argument: “chilling and unnecessary.”

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