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A transgender woman from Newry has been awarded £9,000 after taking a sex discrimination case against Debenhams.

Belfast Telegraph By Allan Preston January 16 2020 A transgender woman from Newry has been awarded £9,000 after taking a sex discrimination case against Debenhams. Ava Moore attended an interview for Christmas work in 2018 at the Debenhams store in Newry. She was rejected for the job despite a positive interview in which she had sold an item to a customer. Ms Moore also received an anonymous email alleging she was turned down for being transgender. The case was settled with the help of the Equality Commission although Debenhams accepted no liability. The retailer said it was an “equal...

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Sh*t Just Got Real: The Logic of Gender Reassignment Surgery

Sh*t Just Got Real: The Logic of Gender Reassignment Surgery Grace de Oliveira Dec 16, 2019 Photo by JC Gellidon on Unsplash I recently met with the surgeon who will be performing my gender reassignment surgery (GRS) to go over procedures and recovery matters among other concerns. We set a date and the matter was suddenly done. Just like that. I don’t know what I expected at the end of the long debate I’ve had with myself, a blaring of trumpets, the clouds parting to reveal a brilliant light, but it was very similar to my experience of starting...

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I Also Used to Believe Trans Women Weren’t “Real Women”

I was wrong. Radical feminists are misguided in their exclusionary beliefs. Photo by Dean Shim from Pexels When J.K. Rowling tweeted in favour of Maya Forstater, a tax expert who lost her job for criticizing the British government’s plans to let people self-identify their gender, the famous author angered many LGBT supporters. Forstater, a radical feminist, believes that permitting people to self-identify their gender puts the rights of women in jeopardy. The main problem seems to lie with whether transgender women deserve to be legally recognized as females. When they are, they can gain access to women-only spaces like...

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‘No evidence’ that men are using trans identity for sexual violence’

The Scottish government has drafted legislation to streamline the process for obtaining a Gender Recognition Certificate GETTY IMAGES     There is no evidence men identify as transgender to access female-only spaces to commit sexual violence, the Scottish government has said. Draft legislation to reform and streamline the process for obtaining a Gender Recognition Certificate was published yesterday. It would remove the requirement for applicants to provide medical evidence of their diagnosis of gender dysphoria, while retaining a condition that applicants must make a solemn statutory declaration that they have been living in their acquired gender and intend to...

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Judge rules against researcher who lost job over transgender tweets

Maya Forstater’s view of sex ‘not worthy of respect in democratic society’, employment judge finds Owen Bowcott Legal affairs correspondent Wed 18 Dec 2019 Maya Forstater attends the employment tribunal in November Photograph: Paul Davey/SWNS A researcher who lost her job at a thinktank after tweeting that transgender women cannot change their biological sex has lost a test case because her opinions were deemed to be “absolutist”. In a keenly anticipated judgment that will stir up fresh debate over transgender issues, Judge James Tayler, an employment judge, ruled that Maya Forstater’s views did “not have the protected characteristic of...

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