Legal expert says trans toolkits in schools breach human rights and equality law

A ‘trans toolkit’ in use in Brighton and Hove has been identified as in breach of human rights and equality law. Toolkits based on the same template were formally adopted by the Vale of Glamorgan Council earlier this year and are provided to schools in Swansea and Neath Port Talbot by the West Glamorgan Safeguarding Board.

The legal opinion from Karon Monaghan KC, an expert in discrimination law, sets out how the toolkit misleads schools about their legal obligations and directs them to act unlawfully. As well as putting children at risk of harm, schools following the toolkit risk legal action. Continue reading “Legal expert says trans toolkits in schools breach human rights and equality law”

The Forstater Judgment: implications for Wales

This is a landmark decision. Gender Critical beliefs are protected characteristic. Those who hold and express those beliefs are protected from discrimination. It is a comprehensive reminder of the liberal principles of freedom of speech and thought that underpin our democracy.

Maya Forstater has also achieved protections for those with whom she disagrees. Belief in Gender Theory is also recognised as a protected characteristic. This is not a judgment ‘against’ those who believe in Gender Theory; it is a judgment that protects them, just as it protects people who are Gender Critical.

As Peter Daly – one of Maya Forstater’s legal team – suggests, the significance of this judgment is difficult to overstate. Continue reading “The Forstater Judgment: implications for Wales”

Ann Sinnott’s case against the EHRC dismissed

Today was the initial hearing in the crowdfunded case brought by Ann Sinnott against the EHRC – the organisation that is charged with upholding our human rights.

Ann had pointed out that the EHRC was misrepresenting the Equality Act in relation to single-sex provision by advising organisations – rape crisis centres, prisons, hostels, hospital wards – that they could only exclude men who identified as women in ‘exceptional’ cases. In other words, they could not automatically assume it would be legal to offer female-only services. Continue reading “Ann Sinnott’s case against the EHRC dismissed”