Jess O'Thomson

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Legal researcher, writer, and freelance journalist, with a focus on trans and disability rights.

Brianna Ghey’s murderers given higher minimum sentence due to anti-trans hostility and sadism

Brianna Ghey's murderers have been sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of the transgender teenager in February last year. Aggravating factors have increased the minimum sentences to 20 and 22 years for 'Boy Y' and 'Girl X' respectively.

Both defendants found guilty of murdering Brianna Ghey

The jury has returned its verdict, with both defendants found guilty of the murder of Brianna Ghey. The two defendants, Girl X and Boy Y, had each blamed each other for Brianna’s murder. 

Brianna Ghey murder trial; the prosecution have outlined their case

Disclaimer: The prosecution in the Brianna Ghey murder trial has submitted evidence which is alleged to have been sent by the defendants. This includes anti-trans remarks alongside descriptions of incredibly graphic violence and other disturbing content. Please read with caution and consider reaching out to support groups such as Mind UK if you or anyone you know is affected by the issues discussed.

For Women Scotland case lost, what does it mean?

For Women Scotland case has been lost. This was an appeal in which they argued that women with a GRC should not be considered of the female sex for the purposes of the Equality Act 2010. The judgment of the Inner House of the Court of Session - Scotland’s highest court - held that a trans woman with a GRC falls within the definition of ‘woman’ for the purposes of section 11 of the Equality Act 2010, which protects against discrimination on the basis of sex.

Document reveals Government were aware of LGB Alliance’s anti-trans lobbying before meeting with them

A document from 2020 obtained by Trans Writes reveals that the Government Equalities Offices were completely aware of LGB Alliance's anti-trans lobbying before meeting with them. Jess O'Thomson writes;
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