Lib Dems revise “transphobia” definition – Sex Matters (UK)

The Liberal Democrats have revised their definition of transphobia in the light of recent legal cases.

The previous policy which drew on the work of “organisations such as Stonewall and TransActual UK” was adopted unanimously by the party’s Federal Board in 2020.

But following advice from two KCs (one, from Karon Monaghan KC, has been published), it has now been revised in a way that seeks to ensure it is in line with the law and that it respects other people’s rights.

References to “misgendering” and “deadnaming” have been dropped, and the new policy simply states that trans people should not be discriminated against or harassed for being trans.

It recognises that holding and expressing gender-critical views are protected by law under the Equality Act, and Articles 9 and 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights, stating that:

“Those who hold such views may express them freely, as long as they do not harass or discriminate against trans people, nor create an environment which is hostile or discriminatory to trans people.”

Source: Lib Dems revise “transphobia” definition – Sex Matters

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