JK Rowling: Keir Starmer misrepresents equalities law by saying ‘trans women are women’

Mar 16, 2022 by

from Coalition for Marriage:

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has been slammed for ‘publicly misrepresenting’ equality law after the former lawyer told The Telegraph: “Trans women are women, and that is not just my view, that is actually the law.”

Sir Keir claimed that this followed from the “combined effects of the 2004 [Gender Recognition] Act and the 2010 [Equality] Act”. However, critics have pointed out that these laws stop a long way short of making it “the law” that “trans women are women”.

The Gender Recognition Act creates a legal fiction that means transgender people can gain legal recognition as their preferred gender for most purposes. The Equality Act made “gender reassignment”, alongside “sex”, a characteristic protected from discrimination in most circumstances. However, there are various exceptions in the Acts, including for sport and single-sex services.

Neither law redefined the word “woman” or said anything about biology.

Sir Keir tried to have it both ways as he also told The Telegraph a woman is a “female adult”. But a ‘transgender woman’ is not female under any objective definition.

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Read also: Profile: J.K. Rowling, striving to stop Starmer nailing his colours to the fence on trans by Andrew Gimson, Conservative Home

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