For saying that males who identify as trans are not women, an internationally renowned tax expert was fired and is contesting her termination in court after being accused of “offensive and exclusionary” language.
The Sunday Times reported that Maya Forstater, who was until recently a senior researcher at the London office of the Centre for Global Development, a think tank, is believed to be the first person in England to lose her job over such a statement.
“I support transgender people’s human rights and I believe that trans people are vulnerable, but no one group should overrule others. I lost my job for speaking up about women’s rights, in a careful way and in a tone of ordinary discussion and disagreement. I worked for a think tank and I thought you ought to be able to think and talk about things. I found out I was wrong about that,” she said.
Index on Censorship, a campaigning publishing organization for freedom of expression, is supporting Forstater.
The organization’s Jodie Ginsberg said that from what she had read, Forstater had done nothing 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.”
In England, the debate about transgender issues has in the last year been spirited particularly as the government considers revising what is called the Gender Recognition Act to allow persons to self-identify their gender regardless of biology and without having to provide medical documentation that they have undergone a surgical procedure.
Forstater’s offense was that she stated on her personal Twitter account that it was true “that men cannot change into women.” She also referred to convicted rapist Karen White — a biological male formerly known as Stephen Wood who was transferred to a women’s prison where he then sexually assaulted female inmates — a “man.”
“When men wear make-up, heels, dresses they don’t become women,” Forstater said.
A CGD manager informed Forstater in an email that she “stated that a man’s internal feeling that he is a woman has no basis in material reality. A lot of people would find that offensive and exclusionary.”
CGD told the Sunday Times that employees are expected to obey its conduct policy, declining to discuss staffing matters.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Brandon Showalter