Research Handbook on Gender, Sexuality and the Law
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Research Handbook on Gender, Sexuality and the Law

Edited by Chris Ashford and Alexander Maine

This innovative and thought-provoking Research Handbook explores not only current debates in the area of gender, sexuality and the law but also points the way for future socio-legal research and scholarship. It presents wide-ranging insights and debates from across the globe, including Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and Australia, with contributions from leading scholars and activists alongside exciting emergent voices.
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Chapter 18: (De)regulating trans identities

Flora Renz


The field of legal gender regulation across the world has been developing at an ever increasing pace across the last two decades. This chapter aims to consider the development of legal gender regulation by focusing on England and Wales as one specific jurisdiction in which key changes can be observed. In doing so this chapter seeks to chart the key normative underpinnings, particularly concerns about the validity of trans identities, that seem to underpin most if not all laws focusing on trans people. While charting the development of legal gender regulation in England and Wales since 2003, this chapter questions whether the solution to persisting issues with the existing legal framework can be found in further legal amendments or whether such amendments will simply perpetuate existing inequalities.

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