The legal system in relation to transgender and gender diverse people has left a lot to be desired, but things are improving ... slowly. By expressing our opinions about the legal system in books, articles, videos, reports and studies, we bring attention to the failings of the legal system and make others think.
The Opinion on Legal Issues section of the Gender Centre's website contains a number of articles about legal issues and once established it will also include other resources such as books and book reviews, research papers, videos, links to other related websites and services and more. The articles below are just a few of the articles currently on the Opinion page of this website.
A BIOETHICAL CONUNDRUM
Article appeared in Polare 85, October 2010
Debate rages in the U.K. over the amount of masculinisation or feminisation that should be funded by the taxpayers following a decision of the High Court that funding for breast enhancement for transsexuals is not an essential part of their transformation ...
TO WHOM DO YOU OWE ALLEGIANCE?
Article appeared in Polare 40, December 2000
My son, they say, will have to choose. Black or white? All the papers he will face will only offer those boxes. All his friends will want to know. To whom do you owe allegiance? Are you black or are you white? The boxes, leave no ground for honouring who he really is ...
ANOTHER PROBLEM WITH GATEKEEPERS
Article appeared in Polare 10, December 1995
Ruth Farmer explains that rejection by her local gender dysphoria team because they told her she was too old and did not pass the psychological test for womanhood caused her much unnecessary expense and heartbreak. She could better have used the money for electrolysis ...
A THOROUGH LEGAL DECONSTRUCTION AND CONCLUSION
Article appeared in Polare 97, October 2013
The Intersex View of Norrie's Case by Gina Wilson, Former President of O.I.I. Australia,concludes that the judgement in no way resolves the issues around male and female assignments and that in many ways, a third sex category can be seen as a way of purifying the existing two sexes by allowing people who are anatomically 'impure' to be assigned otherwise ...
THE UNIQUE ISSUES FACED BY PREGNANT F.T.M.S
Article appeared in Polare 34, December 1999
The Pregnant Man, An Oxymoron is a study focusing on female to male transsexuals who chose to bear a child while being conscious of their transsexual male identity and who therefore transitioned shortly afterwards and the unique problems with which this group are faced ...
A CRITIQUE OF THE PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE WAY THAT TRANSSEXUALISM IS CLASSIFIED
Article appeared in Polare 86, January 2011
Jessica Williams provides an in-depth critique of the proposed changes to the way that transsexualism is classified in the D.S.M. and the significant differences from the previous edition including changes in terminology and a separate set of criteria for children ...
HOW TRANSGENDER ISSUES HAVE BECOME PART OF H.R.C.S WORK
Article appeared in Polare 48, October 2002
While much work remains before trans people are fully accepted and included in the gay rights movement, Shannon Minter explains that trans activists have done an extraordinary job of propelling transgendered issues to the forefront of lesbian and gay policy discussions ...