The result of the legal case was announced today

BY ELEANOR NOYCE, IMAGE VIA TWITTER

In fantastic news for LGBTQI equality, Stonewall has won the case brought against it by barrister Allison Bailey. A co-founder of the hateful LGB Alliance, formed in 2019, the self-described “alternative to Stonewall” campaigns against the inclusion of trans people in the LGBTQI community. Bailey took legal action against Stonewall after she believed that her employer used guidance outlined in the Stonewall Diversity Champions Programme to discriminate against her “gender critical views”, accusing the programme of “trans extremism.”

Taking action against both Garden Court Chambers and Stonewall after complaints were made about her stance on trans issues, Bailey claimed that she had lost both work and income on account of her employer, Garden Court Chambers, and its participation in Stonewall’s programme. Though Bailey did win the discrimination case against her employer, she did not win the case against Stonewall.

Bailey set up a GoFundMe to cover her court fees, raising around £500,000 raised by around 9000 individuals in this hate-fuelled legal tirade against Stonewall. Notably, the LGB Alliance has campaigned for single-sex bathrooms and in favour of reducing trans healthcare, causing active harm to trans and gender non-conforming people and encouraging factional divisions within the LGBTQI community at a time when unity is needed.

Stonewall have issued a powerful statement following the verdict.

“We are pleased that the Employment Tribunal has ruled in a decision published today that Stonewall has NOT been found to have instructed, caused or induced Garden Court Chambers to discriminate against Allison Bailey”, Stonewall’s official statement read.

“Our Diversity Champions programme supports employers to make their workplaces inclusive and supportive of LGBTQ+ employees. It provides resources, guidance and support for organisations who are committed to creating a workplace where everyone can thrive. We are incredibly proud of the inclusive communities these organisations are creating across the country, by going above and beyond the legal minimum to provide leading support for LGBTQ+ people at work.”

“The case heard by the Employment Tribunal did not accurately reflect our intentions and our influence on organisations. Leaders within organisations are responsible for the organisational culture and the behaviour of their employees and workers. Stonewall’s resources, support and guidance is just one set of inputs they use to help them as they consider how best to meet the needs of their own organisation.”

“We are proud to work every day for the freedom, equity and potential of every LGBTQ+ person, whether that’s fighting for LGBTQ+ Afghans to be resettled in the UK, campaigning so that lesbian and bi women can access IVF without paying £25,000 out of their own pockets, or securing a ban on conversion practices that protect all LGBTQ+ people from lifelong harm”, the statement concluded.

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