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15 Oct
Erasing the word ‘mother’ from policies that affect only women & girls is not ‘gender-neutral’ but erases the significance of sex in the very area where sex is all important. Inclusive language doesn’t exclude the words women have used to describe themselves for centuries.
Without public debate, the Scottish Government has removed the word ‘mother’ from its maternity policies at the direction of Stonewall, the organisation that the Scottish Goverment is paying to lobby it to make such changes.
#NolanInvestigatesStonewall and @SexMattersOrg is calling for a public inquiry into the influence of Stonewall and its associated organisations over public bodies. We think that the “Nolan Principles” of public life have been systematically breached.…
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13 Oct
“Is it right that in a democracy a lobby group can have so much influence within government, on government policy and if Stonewall can have it who else can have it?”
Nolan Investigates @stonewalluk:…
Is your company a member of the Stonewall Diversity Champions scheme?
Sex Matters has found that Stonewall advice is often not in line with the Statutory Codes of Practice on implementing the Equality Act:…
Find our report
‘Understanding the risk of following Stonewall guidance – briefing for employers’
and all other Sex Matters publications here:…
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13 Sep
Any organisation considering whether they should stay in the @stonewalluk schemes should consider that they are not in line with the @EHRC employers code of practice.

Why take the risk of signing up to a scheme that is different from the law?…
Stonewall tells employers to "acknowledge the limitations of the Equality Act (2010)"
It advises against using language based on compliance with the law saying this is "outdated" and may "cause offence"
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13 Jul
Day 2 #Xpassports case in the Supreme Court.

Christie Elan Cane says per case concerns "the community of non-gendered, non-binary and intersex persons and others whose gender identity is neither, or neither exclusively, male or female.”

Starting in a minute....
You can watch live here…

@fairplaywomen are also watching and commenting
Today it is Sir James Eadie QC for the Home Office who will say that the decision made by the Court of Appeal was correct
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12 Jul
We are back with part II of the live tweets of the #XPassports case #ElanCane

Kate Gallafent QC for the Appellant Christie Elan Cane
Judges Lord Reed, Lord Lloyd-Jones, Lady Arden, Lord Sales, Lady Rose
KCGQ: starts again on the margin of appreciation in the case of Hammeleinen (a Finnish case on gender recognition)- wide or narrow
1)Narrow is it important to a person's identity? (Passport is customarily used for identity)
3) Wide: competing public & private rights
Margin she says is not a factor in itself - it goes to the balancing exercise, rather than a factor. the degree of latitude given to the state vs the private actor?
Even if there is a wide margin it would still be possible to see if the state has exceeded it.
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12 Jul
Sex Matters will be live tweeting the #XPassports Elan Cane case today which is at the Supreme Court.

Starting at 11 am
Counsel for the appelant: The appelant transitioned to non-gendered by two surgeries.
Secretary of state says Gender identity is inate sense of gender - male female both neither or fluid
HMPO has undertaken internal review identified 8 concerns for X passports . None of which are now relied on . Says passport will only be issued for M or F under sex /gender
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17 Jun
Also cc: @ChtyCommission @HeritageFundUK

This is belief discrimination.
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6 May
The judge should return shortly to give his oral findings in
@AnnMSinnott of Authentic Equity Alliance's contested permission hearing in a proposed judicial review of

Will AEA be permitted to go forward to a full judicial review of EHRC's policy guidance?

Judge returns. All rise.
J: this is an application for JR. Having considered the papers and oral submissions I have concluded that permission should be refused.
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6 May
This afternoon we continue to live tweet
@AnnMSinnott of Authentic Equity Alliance's contested permission hearing in a proposed judicial review of

We will shortly hear more from the respondent EHRC's counsel.

The judge is with us.
R: the claimant claims that there is no reason to justify the exclusion, from women's spaces, transgender males with a GRC, and that there is no practical difference between excluding a trans person with and without a GRC.
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6 May
Today @AnnMSinnott of Authentic Equity Alliance has a contested permission hearing in judicial review of @EHRC

We should hear both sides' barristers outline the legal issues which would arise in a full hearing, if permission is granted.

Follow this account and #AEAvEHRC
We have formally requested permission to live tweet proceedings.

The hearing is due to begin at 10:30 am.
Mr Justice Henshaw joins us.
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28 Apr
Thank you for all the kind appreciation of our live tweeting of #MayaAppeal today (including offers of Veuve Cliquot). What we'd like best of all is if you'd head over to our website and sign up to the campaign.
And please talk to your friends, relatives and colleagues. Here's our 'elevator pitch' in thread form.
Sex matters to everyone. Girls and women need privacy from boys and men - in school and public toilets; in changing rooms at swimming pools, gyms and clothes shops.
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28 Apr
Ben Cooper QC will be replying when the hearing resumes at 1.30. #MayaAppeal
With Anya Palmer (the inestimable @anyabike), who won't speak but has been working furiously behind the scenes.
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28 Apr
Good morning to our followers, new and old.

The Sex Matters team will be live tweeting proceedings from day 2 of Maya Forstater v CGD Europe in the Employment Appeal Tribunal, Central London.

We will be using the hashtag #MayaAppeal

Proceedings should start at 10.30 am
Yesterday we heard from Appellant's counsel, Ben Cooper QC. We also heard from Karon Monaghan QC for the Equalities & Human Rights Commission, in support of the appellant; and from Aileen McColgan QC for civil liberties watchdog Index on Censorship, in support of the appellant.
Today we will hear from Jane Russell, appearing on behalf of the Respondent employer CGD Europe. Ben Cooper QC should have time to respond towards the end of the day to any issues raised by the respondent's submissions. That's the plan, anyway.
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28 Apr
We've been reflecting further on the judge's tantalising indication that there could be an extempore judgment this afternoon. #MayaAppeal #Comment
The natural expectation, in a case that's had so much scholarship brought to bear on it, and attracted so much public attention, is a long heavyweight judgment in 3 or 4 months' time. #MayaAppeal #Comment
The argument for Maya is detailed, thorough and scholarly - as well as persuasive. It had to be: this case is a big deal. #MayaAppeal #Comment
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27 Apr
Reflecting on today's #MayaAppeal at the Employment Appeal Tribunal, we have selected some highlights from Karon Monaghan QC's submissions on behalf of the Equality and Human Rights Commission - Intervenor in the Appeal.
The EHRC submitted

1. Maya's philosophical belief is that sex is a material reality not to be conflated with gender identity and that sex matters.
2. Employment Tribunal Judge Tayler should have concluded that Maya's philosophical belief (that Sex Matters) falls under the protection of the Equality Act 2010
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27 Apr
Aileen McColgan QC for IoC. #MayaAppeal
Not only did ET get it wrong; but necessarily, if they had got it right, they would have found that C's belief was protected.
Like KMQC, I agree with the law as set out by BCQC.
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27 Apr
KMQC: EHRC not taking a position on the underlying matters of controversy. But pointing out where the ET got the law wrong: had it got the law right, it would have been bound to find C's belief protected.
EHRC takes no issue with the points made by BCQC, so can be short. #MayaAppeal
There is some lack of clarity in what the ET finally concluded C's belief was.
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27 Apr
The Sex Matters team will shortly continue live tweeting proceedings from the Employment Appeal Tribunal in Central London in the case of Maya Forstater v CGD Europe & Others.

We will be using the hashtag #MayaAppeal

Proceedings should recommence shortly.
Ben Cooper (BC, counsel for the appellant Maya Forstater, A): the test for a protected belief is a highly context-dependent one. You can't restrict speech simply because it causes hurt of distress. There is heightened protection where there is a debate of public insterest.
There is heightened protection where contribute to debate on matter of public interest – ‘little scope’ for restriction in such circumstances.
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27 Apr
Introducing the President of the Employment Appeals Tribunal, Mr Justice Choudhury, who will be hearing the Forstater Appeal today and tomorrow.

Akhlaq Choudhury QC was a barrister specialising in commercial, employment, procurement, information and public law. He was appointed a Deputy High Court judge in 2016 and a High Court judge in 2017.
The Centre for Global Development is responding to Maya's Appeal. They are hoping that the original Judgment will be upheld.

Their President is Masood Ahmed.He joined the Centre in January 2017 following a 35-year career driving economic development policy initiatives.
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27 Apr
Good morning.

The Sex Matters team will be live tweeting proceedings from the Employment Appeal Tribunal in Central London in the case of Maya Forstater v CGD Europe.

We will be using the hashtag #MayaAppeal

Proceedings should being at 10.30 am.
Introducing Maya’s legal team:

Ben Cooper QC
Anya Palmer
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