Scout leaders apologize to JK Rowling-backed woman who was stalked for two years after she inadvertently described a bearded transgender scout leader as ‘who’ on social media
- Maya Forstätter inadvertently called the leader of the transgender scouts a ‘he’, not ‘them’
- An investigation concluded that Miss Forstätter had tarnished the reputation of the organisation
- Miss Forstätter said Gregor Murray’s complaint was “malicious”.
- This came after Miss Forstätter raised concerns about Scouting’s transgender policy
The Girl Scouts Association has apologized to an activist after being investigated for two years for “misleading” someone on Twitter.
Cub Scout leader Maya Forstätter inadvertently described the bearded transgender leader of the scouts as ‘he’ instead of ‘they’ in 2019.
This led to an investigation, which found Miss Forstätter to discredit the organization.
Miss Forstätter, who runs the Sex Matters group and has been praised by JK Rowling, said Gregor Murray’s complaint was “disturbing”.
Now the scouts have issued an apology, saying it “did not intentionally mistreat the complainant with the intent to harm him” and that it “did not spread lies about them”.
Miss Forstätter, who runs the Sex Matters group and has been praised by JK Rowling, said Gregor Murray’s complaint was “malicious”.
This came after she raised concerns about Scouting’s transgender policy.
She added, “The whole process was bullying from start to finish. They didn’t meet me. They ignored my evidence. They made up things I didn’t do.”
A Scout spokesman said: “It is inappropriate for us to comment further on a case that has been closed.”
Assistant Cub Scout leader Maya Forstätter inadvertently called the bearded transgender boy scout leader a ‘he’ instead of ‘them’ in 2019
The investigation dates back to 2019, when Miss Forstater raised concerns on Facebook about the Scouts’ transgender policy, which she said meant ending separate spaces, such as sleeping facilities, for girls.
I got into a conversation on Twitter with Mr. Murray, a Scout leader from Dundee, who referred to him using the pronoun ‘he’ instead of Murray’s favorite ‘they’.
Murray complained to the Scout Association. Miss Forstätter replied that the “disinformation” was not intended, and that the complaint was malicious and intended to bully and deter Scout leaders from discussing issues related to transgender policy in the organization.
At the same time, Miss Forstätter was considering a labor court case after her contract was not renewed when she claimed that people cannot change their biological sex.
The original judge used the case to mislead the Scouts as part of his ruling that her views were “not worthy of respect in a democratic society”.
It was this ruling that led to J.K. Rowling tweeting in support of Miss Forstätter two years earlier. That ruling was overturned on appeal over the summer.
The Scout Association finally issued an apology on Friday, saying: “The evidence it provided in response to the complaint, to prove it was malicious, was not considered in a timely manner by the Scout Association.
If so, the complaint may have been found to be malicious.
In any case, it is clear that you did not intentionally mislead the complainant in order to cause harm and did not spread the lies and misinformation about him, as alleged in their complaint about you.
The Scout Association therefore apologizes for the experience I went through through this process, which lasted for more than two years.
‘I am glad this part is over,’ said Miss Forstätter. I loved being a scout but I left because I didn’t feel proud to wear a uniform after the way they treated me.
They let Gregor Murray use their complaints process to bully me for talking about protection. It is part of a broader problem that the Scout Association is facing. I hope they face it.
It’s hard to believe that people are most concerned about pronouns when talking about whether males can be allowed to invade a space where women are naked and weak.
“What about the intimidating, hostile and degrading environment this creates for women and girls?”
She added, “JK Rowling was amazing. Two years ago she brought to light what happened to me and is happening to thousands of women.
Despite all the threats and harassment, she was unwavering. Her public support and courage prompted more people to speak up.
A Scout spokesman said: ‘We are aware of this issue. It took some time to resolve this issue but it is now completed. It is inappropriate for us to comment further on a closed case.