The Maya Forstater appeal was solely about whether the first tribunal erred in concluding her transphobic beliefs were philosophical or not. The judgement decided it did. It specifically outlines this doesn't mean Forstater is free to harass, discriminate & misgender trans people
"That does not mean, however, that those with gender-critical beliefs can indiscriminately & gratuitously refer to trans persons in terms other than they would wish. Such conduct could [...] amount to harassment of, or discrimination against, a trans person."
What happens next is Forstater gets a new tribunal
Some key bits from the the appeal judgement.

"This judgment does not mean that those with GC beliefs can ‘misgender’ trans persons with impunity. The Claimant, like everyone else, will continue to be subject to the prohibitions on discrimination & harassment under the EqA"
"Whether or not conduct in a given situation does amount to harassment or discrimination within the meaning of EqA will be for a tribunal to determine in a given case."
The downside is the judgement believes Forstater's belief can be protected as 'philosophical' because it doesn't seek to destroy the rights of trans persons in a manner comparable to something like Nazism (which is one of the only beliefs that apparently warrants Article 17).
This is a demonstration of how transphobia – which I think seeks to legislate trans people out of public life, thus destroying their human rights – gets its pass via wearing the face of being 'gender critical', so its followers can convince themselves they're not the bad guys
Basically, Forstater believes sex is immutable but because she SAYS she would be polite to some trans people and not infringe on their basic human rights, the belief is protected. Jane Russell, who was arguing against Forstater, said her beliefs had been 'sanitised'. I agree!

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9 Jun
New episode of @BroccoliContent's Human Resources, hosted by me, drops today. And it's a really special one. We're heading to Wales – Powys to be exact – to uncover a history that binds together Welsh labourers and enslaved Africans through the threads of a particular cloth...
Have you heard of Welsh Plains Cloth? It was made from a type of wool. It was rough & hard. In the 18th century, it was the centre of a cottage industry that sprang up in mid-Wales, that increased the fortunes of the communities making it. It had another name too: Negro Cloth.
This cloth, made by labourers in Wales, was shipped en masse to the Americas & the Caribbean, to clothe enslaved Africans. The history of Welsh Plains is shrouded but we've had a crack at pulling the threads together. Listen now:
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Want to read about the archival project documenting sex worker histories? Right here, baby!…
Or what about an investigation into the illegal 'slim thicc' drug Apetamin that's being hawked to Black women?…
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There's been a lot of talk about a gossip forums. Recently my name has cropped up on an infamous one, with notable posts from a user who also posts viciously about influencers, including people like Tolly from The Receipts, Ben Anderson, Rochelle Humes & a friend of mine
This user 'lumpfish' is a 'VIP member' of this forum. They comment voraciously &without any empathy for the people they're talking about. The 3rd shot is their response to someone going quiet on socials after taking part in speculation that saw someone's hair fall out from stress
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7 Apr
Just seen another high profile media appointment of someone who drove young staff to despair with bullying, misogyny and racism. Now going to be leading a youth-focused brand despite not understanding that audience at all. These people only fail upwards.
I wonder if the timing of an investigation into bullying allegations had anything to do with the move to a new gig... who's to say!
The worst bit is this code of silence which means that people who know, KNOW, but we're precluding from passing that info far and wide until it's too late
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What's really annoying is Calvin Robinson here is articulating a right-wing version of an intersectional solidarity approach that is only going to become more powerful for the Tories and co in courting white & ethnic minority voters alike
It's a warped, disingenuous version of the solidarity politics we should pursue on the left because it denies the existence of structural racism etc but it recognises that people of colour aren't a monolith and have multiple motivations
.@EmmaDabiri's new book articulates the solidarity politics we need to develop and also outlines the danger of believing that all people of colour have the same 'lived experience' of racism and building the movement around that assumption
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Found out about TL when some of my friends got mentioned on it. I love gossiping but this isn't gossip, it's obsession. I know privacy online is a myth but this goes beyond anything. Makes my skin crawl, no matter whether the person being talked about is a mate or not.
The worst thing is no matter what you say or do, the people on there see it as fodder. There is almost nothing you can do to reason with them or get them to stop. Telling them the horrible impact of their commenting just fuels them further.
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