An employment tribunal
December that believing that a person’s sex
cannot be changed (and thus referring to
a person by their sex rather than chosen
‘gender’) is a belief ‘not worthy of respect in
a democratic society’.
Maya Forstater attempted
belief become a protected characteristic. She
is hoping to challenge the ruling which now
puts the scientific fact of binary sex below
that of a belief in ethical veganism. She was
at the tribunal as her research contract had
not been renewed after she had expressed a scientific view of sex online.
More than 80 academics wrote to The Times,
criticising proposed government guidance
which would allow people to self-identify as
male or female on the 2021 census.
will effectively transform the longstanding
sex question into a question about gender
identity.’ Further, the Scottish government
launched a consultation on
Recognition Act for Scotland. It closes in
March. (See this News In Brief item on the
en website for a link to the survey.)
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