Stonewall is reading firms on transgender issues, court told

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A barrister has accused Stonewall of “prosthetising” on transgender issues and her chambers of “moving away from the law,” an employment tribunal heard.

Allison Bailey, 52, is suing the gay and transgender rights charity, Stonewall, as well as Garden Court Chambers after alleging that she lost work and income following a row over Stonewall’s Diversity Champions scheme and its assertion that “trans women are women”.

She also claims that she was targeted by Stonewall after establishing an alternative group for lesbian, gay and bisexual people, known as the LGB Alliance.

Giving evidence for the first time at the Central London Employment Tribunal on Wednesday, Ms Bailey accused Stonewall of “prosthelytising”, as part of a concerted effort to convert and change people’s views on transgender issues.

According to court documents read before the hearing, Ms Bailey had raised concerns about Stonewall’s diversity program claiming that “it involves reading and training… this includes gender theory”

Ijeoma Omambala QC, Stonewall’s barrister, told the court: “It’s not right that the program is about gender theory” to which Ms Bailey responded: “I disagree.”

She added: “They were spreading a particular view of gender theory that was telling people what to think and do. That’s what I meant by reading.”

Ms Omambala responded: “I don’t want to waste time here. When you use ‘lecturing’ in pleading, are you using it the same as ‘proselytizing’?” to which Ms Bailey responded: “yes.”

Ms Bailey claims that Stonewall collaborated with her chambers, because it was a fee-paying member of the charity’s embattled Diversity Champions scheme, to place her under investigation.

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However, Stonewall says its Diversity Champions programme, a paid-for scheme which advises and assesses on creating inclusive workplaces, aims to help firms “become more inclusive of LGBT people”.

There is also a separate workplace equality index, in which Stonewall scores employers on their diversity efforts.

However, a number of high-profile organizations including the BBC, Channel 4, Ofcom, the Equality and Human Rights Commission and the Cabinet Office have quit the scheme after questions were raised about whether it could be impartial on issues which the LGBTQ+ charity is campaigning on.

Later in the hearing, held before Employment Judge Sarah Goodman, Ms Bailey accused her chambers of “moving away from the law” regarding its adoption of Stonewall’s scheme and claimed this meant it was going further than current equality laws allow for.

She told the hearing: “I’m objecting to gender identity, and we are moving away from the law. Gender reassignment is a protected characteristic”. However, she claimed that the Stonewall scheme “says gender identity”.

Asked by Ms Omambala whether her objection was to any association on behalf of her chambers with Stonewall – not simply its membership programme, Ms Bailey responded: “The short answer to that is yes.

“The slightly longer answer is that I recognized that I was one person and while I was suggesting that it was my view, there should be a wider discussion in chambers. [about joining the scheme].

“What I wanted was a discussion in chambers to ensure that this was a decision that had been carefully taken on the weighing of the balance of pros and cons of any association with Stonewall.”

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Asked if any other organizations had prompted such thoughts, Ms Bailey answered: “None that caused me as much concern about association with Stonewall.”

The tribunal continues.

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