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Gender-critical beliefs - the implications of the EAT's recent decision

Author: Darren Newman

Darren Newman

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has held that the belief that "biological sex is real, important, immutable and not to be conflated with gender identity" is a protected philosophical belief. Consultant editor Darren Newman explores the implications of the EAT's decision.

Most commentary on Forstater v CGD Europe & others EAT/0105/20 has seen it in the context of the debate over the precise scope of trans rights and the relevance of an individual's biological sex as opposed to their gender identity. Maya Forstater is a gender-critical feminist who, as the EAT put it believes that "biological sex is real, important, immutable and not to be conflated with gender identity". She alleges that her contract as a visiting fellow with a think tank was not renewed because of her gender-critical beliefs.