UK’s only trans judge quits due to hostile climate: ‘I’m political every time I choose where to pee’

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02/27/2024

In a letter to the senior judiciary, Victoria McCloud, a High Court master, wrote that she is resigning because “I am now political every time I choose where to pee”, adding that her personal dignity is at stake, The Times reported. McCloud was first appointed as a part-time judge in 2006 and became the youngest person appointed to the Queen’s Bench, now King’s Bench, at the age of 40, four years later. She has presided over high-profile cases involving the likes of former US president Donald Trump, one-time leader of the Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn, the TV personality and ex-model Katie Price, and MP Andrew Mitchell. “I have reached the conclusion that in 2024 the national situation and present judicial framework is no longer such that it is possible in a dignified way to be both ‘trans’ and a salaried, fairly prominent judge in the UK,” she said.

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