Does the legal definition of a ‘mother’ suit modern society? – Family Law

‘We recently saw the High Court decide that a transgender man who gave birth with the help of fertility treatment cannot be legally registered as the father (or parent) of his child. The case has also provided the first legal definition of a mother.’

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Family Law, 16th October 2019

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Gender recognition and parenthood – Family Law

‘Jeremy Ford, a Solicitor-Advocate at Cambridge Family Law Practice, acted pro bono on behalf of the Litigation Friend for the child at the centre of the landmark case of TT v Registrar General of England and Wales and Secretary of State for Health and Social Careheard by the President of the Family Division. The judgment was handed down on 25 September 2019 and has been reported as TT, R (On the Application Of) v The Registrar General for England and Wales[2019] EWHC 2384 (Fam) (25 September 2019).’

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Family Law, 7th October 2019

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What is a“Mother”, in law? – UK Human Rights Blog

‘A person who undergoes the physical and biological process of carrying a pregnancy and giving birth, irrespective of gender? This was the ruling of the Rt. Hon. Sir Andrew McFarlane P, President of the Family Division, on 25th September in TT, R(on the application of) v The Registrar General for England and Wales [2019] EWHC 2384 (Fam) . He decided that the Claimant, (known as “TT”), who was legally recognised as male at the time of giving birth to his child, (“YY”), is correctly registered as “mother” on YY’s birth certificate.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 30th September 2019

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First 100 Years podcast – An Evening in Conversation with Dame Janet Smith DBE and Dame Caroline Swift DBE – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

‘Dame Janet Smith and Dame Caroline Swift can be heard in a First 100 Years podcast talking about their life on the Northern Circuit, their friendship and their distinguished judicial careers.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 27th September 2019

Source: www.judiciary.uk

Trans man loses landmark court fight to be called father instead of mother on baby’s birth certificate – The Independent

‘The first transgender man to give birth has lost a landmark court battle that would have seen him become the first person in Britain to be listed as the child’s father instead of its mother after having a child.’

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The Independent, 25th September 2019

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Caster Semenya: Biology trumps gender identity, says IAAF – BBC News

Posted August 1st, 2019 in appeals, equality, gender, news, sex discrimination, sport, women by tracey

‘Athletics’ governing body, the IAAF, has said “biology has to trump gender identity” after welcoming the decision to permit restrictions in testosterone levels of female runners.’

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BBC News, 31st July 2019

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LGBT groups and celebrities call for gender law reform – BBC News

Posted July 29th, 2019 in consultations, gender, news by sally

‘More than 100 LGBT organisations and celebrities are urging the government to reform UK gender identity laws, the BBC has learned.’

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BBC News, 29th July 2019

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Legal profession launches pledge to achieve gender equality – Legal Futures

Posted June 21st, 2019 in equality, gender, legal profession, news by tracey

‘Solicitors, barristers and chartered legal executives have launched a pledge to “achieve gender equality in senior ranks of the profession”.’

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Legal Futures, 20th June 2019

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Report calls for end to “macho culture” of chambers – Legal Futures

Posted May 30th, 2019 in barristers, diversity, equality, gender, news, statistics, women by tracey

‘The “macho culture that can pervade chambers” must go if the Bar is to improve its gender balance, a report by a specialist discrimination law firm run by a QC has concluded.’

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Legal Futures, 30th May 2019

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Trans women given formal access to Hampstead Heath pond – The Guardian

Posted May 24th, 2019 in equality, gender, news, sex discrimination, transgender persons, women by tracey

‘Transgender women have had their right to use Hampstead Heath ponds formalised in a new policy. The City of London Corporation (CoLC), which manages Hampstead Heath and its ponds, announced that it had adopted a new gender identity policy to make sure services in the area “are fully compliant with the Equality Act 2010, and do not discriminate against trans people”.’

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The Guardian, 23rd May 2019

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Judge stops transgender Twitter row – BBC News

Posted May 3rd, 2019 in gender, injunctions, internet, judges, news, transgender persons by sally

‘A judge has told a transgender lawyer and a Catholic journalist involved in an “out of control” Twitter row not to mention each other online.’

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BBC News, 2nd May 2019

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Caster Semenya testosterone verdict ignites debate about fairness, women’s sport and human rights – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 2nd, 2019 in equality, gender, human rights, medicines, news, sex discrimination, sport, women by tracey

‘Caster Semenya’s enforced use of testosterone-limiting drugs is a potential human rights breach, legal experts claimed on Wednesday as they drew comparisons with the innate physical advantages of other world-dominating athletes.’

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Daily Telegraph, 1st May 2019

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Equal marriage in the Church of England – Law & Religion UK

Posted April 12th, 2019 in Church of England, equality, gender, homosexuality, marriage, news by sally

‘On Friday 12 April, a new campaign was launched with aim of changing the teaching and practice of the Church of England to allow all couples to marry in church, regardless of their gender, sex or sexuality.’

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Law & Religion UK, 12th April 2019

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Gym Use and Changing Rooms: the illegality and chilling effect of (trans)gender segregation – Oxford Human Rights Hub

Posted March 28th, 2019 in gender, news, sport, transgender persons by sally

‘A recent, high-profile article published on HuffPost claimed that the popular leisure group – David Lloyd Leisure – had decided to exclude all trans persons from their preferred gender segregated facilities unless they could produce a Gender Recognition Certificate (GRC). Given that only 4,500 GRCs have been issued (and that GRCs are not available to trans minors), this policy potentially prohibited the overwhelming majority of trans persons from using DLL services. The group has since denied any change in its policy and insisted it welcomes trans customers. Yet, the incident raises an important question for human rights lawyers (particularly at this transformative moment for trans rights in the UK): can a blanket exclusion on trans individuals accessing preferred segregated spaces comply with domestic equality laws?’

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Oxford Human Rights Hub, 28th March 2019

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Lady Hale: at least half of UK judiciary should be female – The Guardian

Posted March 25th, 2019 in diversity, equality, gender, judges, judiciary, news, statistics, women by sally

‘At least half of the judiciary should be women, Britain’s most senior judge has said.’

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The Guardian, 24th March 2019

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Linklaters’ “women in the workplace” dispute settled – Legal Futures

‘The legal dispute between City giant Linklaters and its former global business development director over his intention to discuss its “ongoing struggle… with women in the workplace” has ended.’

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Legal Futures, 19th February 2019

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Mother is no longer gender-specific term, government lawyers say – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 15th, 2019 in children, families, gender, news, pregnancy, transgender persons, women by sally

‘Mother is no longer a gender-specific term that applies only to women, lawyers on behalf of the Government have said.’

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Daily Telegraph, 14th February 2019

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“Less talk, more action” needed to tackle female barrister crisis – Legal Futures

Posted February 13th, 2019 in barristers, diversity, equality, gender, judiciary, news, women by sally

‘There needs to be less talk and more action to tackle the “crisis” of female criminal law barristers leaving the profession, the head of the Criminal Bar Association has argued.’

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Legal Futures, 12th February 2019

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Gender pay gap targets must be set by all companies, Equality and Human Rights Commission says – Daily Telegraph

‘Targets to eliminate the gender pay gap must be set by all companies, Britain’s equality watchdog has suggested.’

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Daily Telegraph, 14th December 2018

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London Underground bans dating app ad featuring topless man, 58, for ‘ sexual objectification’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 17th, 2018 in advertising, gender, news by sally

‘An advert featuring a topless model in his fifties has been banned from the London Underground over claims it sexually objectified him. The advert, for an over-50s dating app, showed 58-year-old Paul Orchard wearing just braces, holding a phone with the tagline: “Pull a cracker this Christmas.” However Transport for London’s advertising agent, Exterion Media, has demanded that it be changed to feature a clothed model with a “less suggestive” tagline.’

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Daily Telegraph, 14th December 2018

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