A JUDGE has ruled against a charity worker who lost her job over transgender tweets
Forstater, 45, a tax expert lost her job at a charity after tweeting that transgender women cannot change their biological sex.
The charity worker was a visiting fellow at the Centre for Global Development (CGD), an international thinktank that campaigns against poverty and inequality. Her contract at the organisation, was not renewed in March after publicising her views on social media.
Forstater’s tweets in regards to the governments proposals to reform the Gender Recognition Act to allow people to self-identify as the opposite sex, were deemed “offensive and exclusionary.”
The judge stated that if a person has transitioned from male to female and has a Gender Recognition Certificate (GRC), that person is legally a woman adding that it was “not something Miss Forstater is entitled to ignore.”
According to the Daily Mail, Judge Tayler went on to say that Forstater’s view, is “incompatible with human dignity and fundamental rights of others.” He observed that the claimant was not entitled to ignore the legal rights of a person who has transitioned from male to female or vice versa and the ‘enormous pain that can be caused by misgendering a person’.
Forstater herself, in response to the ruling said she was struggling to express the “shock and disbelief” she felt on reading the judgement.
“My belief is that sex is a biological fact, and is immutable.” adding that there are “two sexes, male and female. Men and boys are male. Women and girls are female.” and that it was impossible to change sex.
Forstater has been supported by Index on Censorship. Its chief executive, Jodie Ginsberg, has said previously that he could not see that Maya has done anything wrong other than express an opinion that many feminists share – that there should be a public and open debate about the distinction between sex and gender and that the judgement “removes women’s rights and the right to freedom of belief and speech.”
Forstater has acknowledged she would consider the judgment closely with her legal team to determine if anything can be done to challenge it.