Lawyer: ‘Stonewall misleading universities over equality law’

May 21, 2021 by

from The Christian Institute:

The University of Essex has been warned that its links to Stonewall have resulted in it misrepresenting the law on transgender issues.

In a report, barrister Akua Reindorf warned of “potential illegalities” in the university’s trans policy. The report was commissioned after two academics were dropped from separate speaking engagements at Essex, when trans activists branded them ‘transphobes’ and claimed their views could cause harassment to students.

Reindorf said the policy on supporting trans and non-binary members of the university could give the impression that newspaper letters written by the academics on transgender issues could amount to unlawful harassment.


She said: “This policy is founded on an erroneous understanding of the law. The policy is reviewed annually by Stonewall and its incorrect summary of the law does not appear to have been picked up by them.

“In my view the policy states the law as Stonewall would prefer it to be, rather than the law as it is. To that extent the policy is misleading.”

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