An experienced doctor has appeared at Birmingham Employment Tribunal after he was sacked for refusing to use transgender pronouns.
Dr David Mackereth, 56, had been an A&E doctor for 26 years in the NHS. But he lost his job doing assessments for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) because he refused to identify clients by their chosen gender instead of their biological sex.
Dr Mackereth maintains that using transgender pronouns goes against his conscience as a doctor and a Bible-believing Christian.
The DWP declared that failing to accommodate clients’ preferences would amount to harassment under the Equality Act and dismissed Dr Mackereth from his role as a Health and Disability Assessor.
Dr Mackereth’s legal case is being supported by the Christian Legal Centre. His lawyers argued that the DWP policy of compelling staff to use transgender pronouns is itself a breach of the Equality Act.
At the time that this edition of Evangelical Times went to press, a ruling in this case had not yet been handed down.