A woman won a landmark court ruling yesterday that protects her right to believe that people cannot change sex. Tax expert Maya Forstater had claimed that she was discriminated against after she was sacked for saying that trans women are male.
At the time she made the comments, the government was considering changing the law to allow people to declare their own gender. Those plans were scrapped.
Mr. Justice Choudhury acknowledged that Forstater’s comments were protected as a “philosophical belief” within the meaning of the Equality Act 2010.
His judgement ruled that Forstater’s gender-critical beliefs are widely shared and do not seek to destroy the rights of trans persons. The judgment noted that, under the European Convention on Human Rights, the only types of beliefs excluded from protection were those “akin to Nazism or totalitarianism.”
The judgement is right on. However, it’s ridiculous that a woman had to go to court to assert her right to believe that sex is immutable. Trans activists claim that by believing sex is immutable, we erase trans people. This is nonsense.
Upholding Maya Forstater’s right to believe that sex is immutable is not in any way infringing on the rights of trans people. It is a widely held belief in society that you cannot change sex.
The LGBTQ charity Stonewall claims that there is an agenda to erase trans people or to reduce their numbers in the UK. This too is nonsense. As I said on The Richie Allen Show last night, until recently most of us couldn’t have cared less how people lived their lives.
For years we’ve had transvestites and transsexuals living among us and we didn’t care.
We, and by we I mean journalists like me, only began paying attention, when lobbyists started to demand that men who dress up as women should have access to female only spaces and be considered for roles that had been reserved for women.
That’s when people like me said hold on a goddamn minute.
Forstater put it brilliantly at her tribunal. She said:
“I believe that it is impossible to change sex or to lose your sex. Girls grow up to be women. Boys grow up to be men. No change of clothes or hairstyle, no plastic surgery, no accident or illness, no course of hormones, no force of will or social conditioning, no declaration can turn a female person into a male, or a male person into a female.”
I believe that she’s right but like most people, I never felt the need to impose my views on transvestites or transsexuals. It used to be live and let live. They never needed my sympathy, but they always had it. There but for the grace of God and all that.
The majority of trans people do not support Stonewall of course. They’re as bewildered as the rest of us. In fact Stonewall lobbyists spend a lot of time trying to discredit trans men and women who are not on board with their agenda.
Yesterday was a great day for free speech.