Sex Matters in the Equality Act webinar

Sex Matters in the Equality Act webinar: Thursday 30th March 2023 7.30pm to 8.30pm

Helen Joyce talked with our chair, Naomi Cunningham, and our executive director, Maya Forstater, on Thursday 30th March 2023 about the Sex Matters proposal to amend the Equality Act to clarify that the protected characteristic of sex refers to biological sex, and not “sex as modified by a gender-recognition certificate”.

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About the speakers

Naomi Cunningham is a barrister specialising in employment and discrimination law. She was instructed in Fair Play for Women’s challenge to the ONS guidance on the sex question in the 2021 census. She is part of the lawyers’ collective Legal Feminist; she has written about sex and gender in sport, personal care, security staff guidance, puberty blockers and parental consent. In February 2021 she gave evidence to the Women and Equalities Select Committee on behalf of Legal Feminist.

Maya Forstater is a researcher, writer and advisor working on business and sustainable development. In 2019 she lost her job after tweeting and writing about sex and gender. She was the claimant in a landmark test case on whether the protected characteristic of belief in the Equality Act covers gender-critical beliefs. She writes about single-sex services at You can watch her speech at the 2020 Woman’s Place UK conference. Maya tweets at @MForstater

Helen Joyce is a journalist and author of Trans: When Ideology Meets Reality, an Amazon top ten bestseller, and Times of London and Spectator book of the year. She was a staff journalist at The Economist between 2005 and 2022, holding several senior positions, including International editor, Finance editor and Britain editor. She is director of advocacy for Sex Matters. Her newsletter can be found at

Background reading

Sex in the Equality Act: why the government’s initial response to our petition answers a different question from the one that we are asking, and ten reasons why sex means sex in the Equality Act.

Why Sex Matters is calling for clarification of the Equality Act 2010: an illustrated guide.

Briefing on the petition and the amendment.

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