A legal director writes
Thoughts from a former legal director of the EHRC. And some miscellany that might be of interest both to present-day campaigners and future historians. Worth the skip to the end if you can’t be arsed with the worthy legal stuff.
Now read on.
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Grey Collier speaks out
In case you didn’t catch it first time round, the following is a grab of a thread, first published on Twitter on 6 April, by former EHRC legal director, Grey Collier. Grey’s thread was, in turn, a response to a letter from the EHRC to Inequalities Minister, Kemi Badenough, supposedly clarifying the definition of “sex” in the Equality Act.
It is published with permission from Grey.
As a former Legal Director @EHRC I have thoughts.. 1/
The proposed change in the law is nonsense on stilts. The suggestion is legally illiterate, unworkable and is just another way of using trans people’s actual lives as a pawn in the culture wars 2/
It would overturn some of the purposes of the Gender Recognition Act and make it possible to discriminate against trans people in a whole range of circumstances where it is currently outlawed 3/
It’s pure transphobia- based on misleading unevidenced transphobic assumptions. e.g the notion that a trans man is an appropriate employee where there is an occupational requirement for a woman to do a job is offensive both to the trans man and to the service users 4/
#LGBwiththeT. The idea that LGB associations would particularly benefit from this proposed change is vile. Only one small LGB org wishes to do this & it is entirely unrepresentative of the vast majority of LGBT orgs and people who are united in support of trans rights. 5/