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Paisley Currah, Richard M. Juang, and Shannon Minter, Editors
Transgender Rights is a must for any transperson, family member, or parent who is concerned with transgenders' legal rights.
The book is separated into three sections: Law, which includes examination of recent and current laws and the application. History, which deals with gains achieved during this same period. Politics, which outlines the political actions taken or needed and their repercussions.
Is gender variance a mental or physical condition? Is it fair to consider transgendered individuals disabled? Can these answers and questions be used independently, intermittently, or in conjunction to gain favorable decisions when petitioning authorities?
The authors point out that many states' laws define disability in a fashion that includes gender variance, thus allowing transgenders to sue for protection and/or accommodation under disability laws. Marriage questions similarly vary by state. Some will change the sex designator after gender confirmation surgery and thereby allow the transgender individual to marry in their self-identified gender. Some will insist on using their original birth sex designator through out their lives, regardless of GAS. Finally, some - the Supreme Court of Kansas, for example - refuse to consider transgendered individuals ANY gender; they are neither male no female. This results in NO law that specifies male or female applying to them. They cannot legally marry at all.
All three parts contain a mix of what has been done, what could or should be done, and ideas on how to get from one to the other.
Transgender Rights is at times a difficult read.Read more ›
One of the best features of the book is that many of the essays are written by transgender authors, and most of the other authors nonetheless reflect an intimate understanding of the lived experiences of transgender people, rather than an outsider's anthropological perspective. Highly recommended for anyone who wants a broad view of the early 21st century transgender movement.
(originally published at the Transgender Workplace Diversity Blog)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good information but a better textbook than resource material, which in this genre would be preferable. I appreciate the many sources used in the process of putting this together.Published on May 31, 2014 by Michael esters
This book is a great resource for any gender variant person, or anyone interested in learning about the issues they may face. Read morePublished on March 8, 2012 by LAW
Really good anthology. Some books like this have a few good pieces and a lot of boring ones, but almost all of these kept my attention. Read morePublished on January 25, 2012 by Mapache