AUTHOR’S NOTE: This blog operates on U.S. Central Time. However, references to time of day in regards to a J.K. Rowling tweet that is embedded in this blog post are in British Standard Time.
For those of you who are not familiar with the purpose of the #IStandWithMaya hashtag, it’s a hashtag that people who are defending virulent transphobe Maya Forstater, who recently lost her job over expressing a transphobic view of society, are using:
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 philosophical belief”.
Forstater, 45, a tax expert, was a visiting fellow at the Centre for Global Development (CGD), an international thinktank that campaigns against poverty and inequality. Her contract at the charitable organisation, which is based in Washington and London, was not renewed in March after a dispute over publicising her views on social media.Source
I will state my own opinion in the Maya Forstater controversy. I think that, regarding private-sector employers like the Center for Global Development, it’s best left to employers to determine what constitutes a offense worthy of termination of employment. If the Center for Global Development deems that it’s not appropriate to have someone with a transphobic view of society on their payroll, then they have should have the ability to terminate the employment of such an individual.
One of the most prominent individuals to defend Forstater is J.K. Rowling, the author of the wildly popular Harry Potter series of novels. Rowling sent out this tweet earlier this afternoon:
As an author who is openly polysexual, I am unwaveringly supportive of LGBTQIA+ rights and LGBTQIA+ equality for all people who are part of the LGBTQIA+ community, including those who represent the “T” in LGBTQIA+, transgender people. If you want to read something from an author that supports transgender equality, feel free to buy Lady in the Fast Lane, the eBook that I self-published, on Kindle, Apple, Kobo, Nook, Scribd, 24Symbols, or OverDrive. However, if you’re going to review my book, please make the review an honest review about my book, not about J.K. Rowling.