A man who had a sex change is fighting a legal battle for the right to have his previous identity as a man officially ‘forgotten.’ The 44-year-old, identified as C and from the Greater London area, challenges the legality of the Government’s retention and use of personal information which reveals he is male. His case centers on the data held on him by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) as a long-term unemployed person in receipt of jobseeker’s allowance.
Claire McCann, representing C, told a judge at London’s High Court: ‘She says her previous gender identity as male should be forgotten, except where it is strictly necessary.
‘The right to be treated as a woman and not as transgender is important and deserving respect.’
McCann referred to a ruling won by a Spanish man in the European Union Court of Justice against Google that he had a ‘right to be forgotten’ and ‘irrelevant’ and outdated data about him held by the search engine should be erased at his request. McCann said of C’s case: ‘This case far more acutely concerns the right to be forgotten.’
Women should be very concerned about the transwoman activist emphasis on “erasing the past,” as this has negative consequences for women in sex-segregated settings, such as homeless shelters, rape shelters, domestic violence shelters and prisons.