Maya Forstater Bio, Wiki
Maya Forstater is a 45-year-old woman who lost her job after saying that people cannot change their biological sex has lost an employment tribunal in a ruling released on December 18th. She is a researcher on business and international development who worked at the think tank The Center for Global Development (CGD) in London.
Maya Forstater Family
Maya Forstater is married and has children. She writes in her crowdfunding page, “I am also a mother and a feminist, and I think that sexist stereotypes about women and girls, and about men and boys are damaging for children and adults. In 2012 I was one of the co-founders of the campaign “Let Toys Be Toys” to push retailers to stop using sexist stereotypes in marketing toys. ”
Following the ruling on her case in the tribunal, she made an update on her crowdfunding page which reads, “Most of all I want to thank my husband, my children, and my family for their support. I will be forever grateful to everyone who has stood with me.”7
Maya Forstater Tribunal Case
Maya Forstater did not have her contract renewed after posting a series of tweets questioning government plans to let people declare their own gender. She believes trans women holding certificates that recognise their transgender identity, cannot describe themselves as women.
Maya Forstater says, “I had planned to work at CGD for the next two years on a project I had helped to develop and raise funds for. Instead, my tweets were investigated and I was told my appointment would not be renewed. This is fundamentally unfair, and it is in the public interest for this decision to be challenged so that people holding these beliefs are protected from discrimination.”
But that view is “not worthy of respect in a democratic society”, a judge said in a December 18th ruling. Forstater was not entitled to ignore the rights of a transgender person and the “enormous pain that can be caused by misgendering”, employment judge James Tayler said.
Maya Forstater was “absolutist” in her view, he concluded in a 26-page judgment. “It is a core component of her belief that she will refer to a person by the sex she considered appropriate even if it violates their dignity and/or creates an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment,” he continued.
Judgement received. Bad news (for now) Stonewall law won this round.
Here is my statement in thread form.
I struggle to express the shock and disbelief I feel at reading this judgmenthttps://t.co/g149gB7rJz
— Maya Forstater (@MForstater) December 18, 2019
“The approach is not worthy of respect in a democratic society.”
Maya Forstater had argued “framing the question of transgender inclusion as an argument that male people should be allowed into women’s spaces discounts women’s rights to privacy and is fundamentally illiberal (it is like forcing Jewish people to eat pork)”.
Author JK Rowling is among people who have come out in support of Maya Forstater.
Maya Forstater Twitter
She writes in the about section on twitter that she is in “Business and sustainable development. Accountability. Tax. Feminist test case. Media: Tom Gardner at Slater & Gordon.”