An award-winning Yorkshire Green Party Parliamentary candidate is “poised” to take legal action against her own party after being suspended for more than a year in regard to her views on transgender issues.
The potential legal action follows a similar case already being pursued by former Green Party deputy leader Dr Shahrar Ali who claims he faced discrimination over his “gender-critical” beliefs.
Ms Teal said that prior to being selected as a candidate in September 2022, she had been asked about her views on sex and gender at a party hustings and gave a clear answer.
“My answer was sex is an immutable characteristic, biological and determined by our genetic make-up and that gender is a social construct. Given gender is a social construct I don’t think you should be in the business of confusing the two.
“No one was perturbed when I said it.”
She said she was selected ahead of three other candidates by local members a few weeks later but was then told there was “disquiet” about her selection at a national level.
No press launch was organised for her candidacy and on October 10, 2022, five local Sheffield Green councillors each posted a graphic which did not name Ms Teal but said they would not campaign for any candidate “who discriminates against trans people”.
She said: “I read it and thought, ‘No neither would I’. I was tempted to tweet I wouldn’t support a transphobic candidate either. I almost regret that I didn’t.
Ms Teal said she hopes that legal action can be avoided through a decision being made on her case but is preparing to take the party to court on the grounds that it is discriminating against members who believe sex and gender are not the same thing.