School of Law

Transcitizenship, identities and regulation

17 March 2015 | 5pm - 6pm | Seminar

This seminar will bring together two speakers to explore developments in the legal, academic, and public discourse around trans citizenship. This is a free workshop but registration is required in advance at Eventbrite.

Helen Belcher, Trans Media Watch

Regulation of Trans Identities

Over the past few decades, the laws affecting trans people have become increasingly codified. Over the same time the media representation of trans people has undergone several changes. This talk will outline some of this history, explain what legislation trans people are focusing on changing and why, and how portrayal in the media has influenced such campaigns.

Sally Hines, Sociology and Social Policy, University of Leeds

From Trans Citizenship to a Politics of Difference

The paper will map how transgender has emerged as a subject of increasing social and cultural interest in recent years. It will initially chart a ‘cultural turn’ to transgender and move on to address how shifting attitudes towards trans people are evident through legislative changes brought by the Gender Recognition Act (GRA) (2005). The paper argues that transgender citizenship is both an uneven and contested terrain and argues for a politics of difference to more fully account for experiences and practices of gender transformation.


This seminar is organised by Paul Wragg, Michael Thomson, and Law & Social Justice.

Location Details

School of Law
Liberty Building
University of Leeds

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