Tickle v Giggle: Trans-identified Roxanne Tickle sues founder of female-only social media app after being barred from platform in Australia

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A landmark gender-versus-sex test case is underway in Australia where a trans-identified male has brought legal action against the founder of a female-only social networking app after being barred from using the platform.

Roxanne Tickle, a biological male who identifies as a woman, is suing Giggle app owner Sall Grover alleging unlawful discrimination under the Australian Human Rights Commission Act, reports the Daily Mail. Tickle was removed from Giggle in 2021 by Grover on the grounds of being male. Giggle was created for the purpose of giving women and girls an online space to gather away from the presence of males.

Grover says at the time she didn’t know Tickle was transgender, but instead saw a photograph of a person she believed was a man.

Grover’s legal team argues that Australia’s Sex Discrimination Act was made constitutionally invalid after gender identity was added as a protected characteristic in 2013 and the definitions of man and woman were removed.

According to the Daily Mail, Grover’s counsel will argue those amendments go against the Conventions on the Elimination of All Forms of Violence Against Women (CEDAW), which resulted in the Sex Discrimination Act being created.

This is the second time Tickle has filed legal action against Giggle. Last July, the trans-identified male filed a human rights complaint that resulted in Grover being served Federal Court documents in October, but Tickle withdrew the claim before it went to court.

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