A woman who was fired after making some very controversial comments about gender has been vindicated.
Maya Forstater, from the United Kingdom, was initially penalized after she posted some controversial tweets that were slammed for being "anti-trans."
Coventry inspires! pic.twitter.com/s8nXNUM3Qi— Maya Forstater (@MForstater) May 30, 2021
Forstater was fired from the think tank Centre for Global Development after standing against the government's plans (which ended up being scrapped) to allow people to pick their own gender.
In the tweets, she explained that it would be a bad move due to the idea "that sex is immutable and not to be conflated with gender identity."
During her initial employment tribunal, the judge declared her to be an "absolutist."
James Tayler also added that her views were "not worthy of respect in a democratic society", which has now become an edited strapline for her "About Me" section on Twitter.
The judge also added that she was ignoring the "enormous pain that can be caused by misgendering."
However, there has been some development in the case as Forstater appealed the decision.
YES she has won #I stand with MayaForstater— suzanne moore (@suzanne_moore) June 10, 2021
Akhlaq Ur-Rahman Choudhury, the High Court judge of England and Wales, has overruled the initial standing and said her "gender-critical beliefs" did fall under the protection of the Equalities Act as they "did not seek to destroy the rights of trans persons."
"This judgment does not mean that those with gender-critical beliefs can 'misgender' trans persons with impunity,' he said, adding that 'the claimant, like everyone else, will continue to be subject to the prohibitions on discrimination and harassment that apply to everyone else," he said.
Upon finding out the updated verdict, Forstater said she was "delighted to have been vindicated."
As someone who as been maligned and misrepresented simply for stating sex is real, I am enormously relieved by this judgement not just for @MForstater but for thousands of women who have been cancelled for expressing an opinion, however respectfully.— Joan McAlpine (@JoanMcAlpine) June 10, 2021
In a video statement uploaded to YouTube, she's "proud of the role [she's] played in clarifying the law and encouraging more people to speak up."
However, the Executive Vice President Amanda Glassman of her former workplace described the new verdict as "disappointing, stating: "...We believe Judge Tayler got it right when he found this type of offensive speech causes harm to trans people, and therefore could not be protected under the Equality Act."
"Today's decision is a step backwards for inclusivity and equality for all," she added.
Oxford St 😊 pic.twitter.com/w0dAW3CCwQ— Maya Forstater (@MForstater) May 21, 2021
Maya Forstater continues to be vocal about gender-based issues on her Twitter account.