⁦Enormously significant judgement for feminism and free speech today in ⁦@MForstater⁩ case. Women who believe sex is real and question gender identity beliefs are protected under the Equality Act. Well done everybody who supported #istandwithmaya
As someone who as been maligned and misrepresented simply for stating sex is real, I am enormously relieved by this judgement not just for @MForstater but for thousands of women who have been cancelled for expressing an opinion, however respectfully.
It’s now for those people in positions of power to think carefully about their failure to stand up to intolerance - or why they stood by when women were attacked and misrepresented by online mobs - some, sadly, whipped up by publicly funded organisations and public figures
My activity in this area was through the work of my parliamentary committee examining how sex was defined in the census - I also FACILITATED DEBATE by holding meetings in parliament to discuss sex and gender - for this I was subject to unacceptable abuse & false accusations
The meetings I helped facilitate included transsexuals on the erosion of their rights by sex self ID, doctors on the evidence base of transitioning young people, human rights lawyers & people working with abused women + feminist academics and activists . None were bigots
I am so grateful to @MForstater for her bravery and I hope the “institutional capture” she refers to will be addressed. Women have rights under the law to single sex spaces and services. Now they are able to defend those legal rights without being threatened and intimidated.

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On the last day of this @ScotParl I’d like to thank the hard working clerks on the @SP_European which I have had the honour to convene since 2016. Our legacy report gives an idea of the breadth of work we do sp-bpr-en-prod-cdnep.azureedge.net/published/CTEE…
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On #internationalwomensday2021 I think of the 23 million girls since 1970 who were not born due to sex selective abortion #sexmatters
On #internationalwomensday2021 I think of the 60 million to 100 million women who should be alive today but are missing, presumed dead, because of male violence. #sexmatters
On #internationalwomensday2021 I think of the exhausted women who work two out of three of all labour hours worldwide, but earn just 10 per cent of the world’s income #sexmatters
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New research commissioned by @scotgov says people with learning disabilities are three times more likely to die from #COVID19 than the general population. They released the information to parliament in a reply to my written question today 👇
I first began asking for this information last summer and it was due in the Autumn of 2020. The results of the work by The Scottish Learning Disability Observatory @UofGlasgow show significantly increased mortality rates compared to the general population
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Oliver Mundell’s resignation tonight from the Scottish Tory front bench over the @ScotParl vote for anti #COVID-19 travel restrictions is an opportunistic and dangerous piece of politicking which could put lives at risk.
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Very important statement @ScotParl today from @RichardLochhead on future of @EUErasmusPlus and @EU_H2020 in Scotland post Brexit
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