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Maya Forstater vs. transgender people

Maya Forstater is a British anti-transgender activist and sex segregationist. Forstater brought the case Forstater v Centre for Global Development Europe that established that gender critical views are protected as a belief under the UK’s Equality Act 2010.


Maya Forstater was born on July 3, 1973 in London. Forstater’s parent is film producer Mark Forstater. Forstater earned a degree from Newcastle University. Forstater has published work for the United Nations on corporate social responsibility and economic development.

Anti-transgender activism

Forstater made a number of anti-transgender statements on social media that resulted in a UN contract not being renewed in 2019. Forstater filed a lawsuit claiming these gender critical views are protected under the Equality Act 2010. Forstater lost her initial case, which was then appealed to a tribunal. Forstater won the appeal in 2021, and the tribunal found in 2022 Forstater had suffered direct discrimination for holding anti-transgender views.

In 2020, Forstater co-founded anti-trans group Sex Matters and serves as Executive Director.



Forstater v CGD Europe & Ors [2021] UKEAT 0105_20_1006 IRLR 706, [2022] ICR 1

Maya Forstater v CGD Europe and others: Appeal No. UKEAT/0105/20/JOJ (PDF). GOV.UK. [archive] (PDF)

Forstater v CGD Europe & Anor (Religion or Belief Discrimination, Sex Discrimination l) [2019] UKET 2200909/2019 (18 December 2019)

The Maya Forstater case and so-called ‘gender critical’ feminism: what was actually decided and what does it reveal about UK discrimination law?OHRH.


Forstater, Maya (May 5, 2019). I lost my job for talking about women’s rightsCrowd Justice

Forstater, Maya (March 27, 2019). Has Penny Mordaunt got away with the worst Mumsnet performance ever?The Independent. [archive]

Pedersen, Sarah (2020). The Politicization of Mumsnet. Bingley: Emerald Publishing. ISBN 978-1-83909-471-2.

Gordon, Jane (April 23, 2021). ‘I am fighting for the right to say men can never be women.’ The Daily Telegraph. [archive]

Smith, Helen-Ann (April 24, 2021). Maya Forstater: Woman who lost job over transgender views warns of ‘scary’ precedent if her tribunal appeal failsSky News. [archive]

Hancock, Sam (April 27, 2021). Maya Forstater: Who is woman in employment tribunal over transgender comments?The Independent. [archive]

Wright, Oliver (May 15, 2021). Women must be heard on transgender identity, says new equalities chiefThe Times

Gordon, Tom (June 10, 2021). Maya Forstater wins landmark employment case on gender critical beliefsThe Herald (Glasgow). Glasgow. [archive]

Faulkner, Doug (June 10,2021). Maya Forstater: Woman wins tribunal appeal over transgender tweetsBBC News Online. [archive]

Siddique, Haroon (June 10, 2021). Gender-critical views are a protected belief, appeal tribunal rulesThe Guardian. [archive]

Suissa, Judith; Sullivan, Alice (2021). The Gender Wars, Academic Freedom and Education. Journal of Philosophy of Education55 (1): 55–82.

Forstater, Maya; Joyce, Helen (April 20, 2022). Why gender identity should be left out of the ‘conversion therapy’ banThe Guardian

Moss, Lauren (July 6, 2022). Maya Forstater: Woman discriminated against over trans tweets, tribunal rules. BBC


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