Brendan O’Neill Brendan O’Neill

When will Jolyon Maugham take the hint?

Jolyon Maugham, whose Good Law Project lost its case (Credit: Getty images)

So Jolyon Maugham loses again. The crusading barrister is now almost as famous for losing cases as he is for battering to death a defenceless fox. And he hasn’t disappointed with his latest legal shenanigans. The appeal against the LGB Alliance’s charitable status, which was spearheaded by troubled trans charity Mermaids and backed by Maugham’s Good Law Project, has been comprehensively dismissed. Clearly the gays are not as easy to beat as a fox.

We must be grateful for every flash of sanity in these strange times. And the tribunal’s decision not to rescind the LGB Alliance’s charitable status is very sane indeed. The judges ruled that Mermaids and the various other LGTBQ+ groups who threw their lot in with this daft crusade against the LGB Alliance had no legal right to appeal any organisation’s charitable status. So the alliance lives to see another day. Homosexuals continue to enjoy the freedom of association.

I find the identitarian left’s loathing for the LGB Alliance deeply disturbing. The alliance’s sin, in the eyes of those hellbent on tearing it down, is to believe in biological sex. Its aim is to defend the interests of people who are attracted to the same sex – lesbians, gay men, bisexuals – and thus it thinks the reality of sex is a pretty important thing to acknowledge. As its mission statement says, ‘sex is binary, female and male’ and it is ‘determined at conception, observed at birth (or in utero), and recorded’. For millennia, that’s what everyone believed. Now it’s tantamount to blasphemy, in this weird era of ceaseless gender play where you can change your sex like you change your socks.

The Mermaids/ Maugham case shone an accidental light on how nuts the gender ideology has become

The LGB Alliance is devoted to defending the rights and dignity of same-sex-attracted people.

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