What’s Current: UK judge rules that saying trans-identified males are not female is ‘not worthy of respect in a democratic society’

  • A judge ruled against Maya Forstater, who lost her job as a tax expert at the Centre for Global Development after questioning government proposals to allow people to self-identify as the opposite sex. Employment Judge Tayler decided Forstater’s view that sex is immutable “is incompatible with human dignity and fundamental rights of others.” In the judgement, Tayler said:

“If a person has transitioned from male to female and has a Gender Recognition Certificate (GRC), that person is legally a woman. That is not something [Forstater] is entitled to ignore. [Forstater’s] position is that even if a trans woman has a GRC, she cannot honestly describe herself as a woman. That belief is not worthy of respect in a democratic society.”

  • Nineteen-year-old Chrystul Kizer is facing life in prison for killing Randall Volar, the man she accused of abusing her and selling her to other men for sex. When confronted by police, Kizer, who was 17 at the time, allegedly said she killed Volar because she was tired of him sexually assaulting her.
  • Last week, Merriam-Webster announced “they” had been chosen as word of the year.
  • Amies Freedom Choir brings together victims of sex trafficking to help them heal and build community.


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Meghan Murphy is a freelance writer and journalist from Vancouver, BC. She has been podcasting and writing about feminism since 2010 and has published work in numerous national and international publications, including The Spectator, UnHerd, Quillette, the CBC, New Statesman, Vice, Al Jazeera, The Globe and Mail, and more. Meghan completed a Masters degree in the department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University in 2012 and is now exiled in Mexico with her very photogenic dog.