I read today that Maya Forstater lost her job after saying that people cannot change their biological sex. She had posted some tweets questioning Government plans to let people declare their own gender. She claims she was discriminated against because of her beliefs, which include ‘the sex of a person is immutable and not to be confused with gender identity‘. However, she won an appeal at an employment tribunal, as a judge said her gender-critical beliefs did fall under the Equalities Act as they did not seek to destroy the rights of trans persons.

I must say that I agree with Ms Forstater. I have been doing some research this year for my latest novel ‘His Ladyship‘, which also has a trans-gender theme (it will be published later this year when I have heard back from one particular agent). I read that a person’s DNA is unable to be changed, and if it was tested post trans-gender surgery, it would still show the same sex that a person was registered with at birth, and not the DNA of their preferred gender. Therefore a person can have any amount of surgery and even alter their facial features to be more in tune with their preferred gender, but they cannot change their basic DNA. Ms Forstater is correct.

We cannot change what cannot be changed; our DNA, the width of our shoulders, and our height for example. However, if necessary we can change our bodies to be more like the gender we identify with. We can change our name, our genitalia, the contents of our wardrobe, our face, and the rest of our lives, in order to make them what we want them all to be. It’s up to us…