Aims of the Project
- To critically explore different ways of reforming legal gender status, focusing on England and Wales, while drawing on experiences in other countries, the different legal approaches taken towards other social characteristics, such as religion, disability, ethnicity and sexuality, and the views of activists, policy-makers, NGOs, lawyers and the wider public.
- To contribute to ongoing policy and political discussions relating to current legal reform proposals, while taking a longer-term approach.
- To understand different people’s hopes and worries in relation to both the current legal framework and different approaches to legal reform.
- To contribute to broader discussions about the changing character of gender and the contribution law can make to how it is changing.
Adopting an intersectional approach, the project will address the implications of different reform proposals for single-sex/gender activities, services and spaces, the wider equality agenda and other fields of statutory law. The project will also explore what legal gender status means to people and whether it matters in their everyday lives.
Currently in Britain, we are all assigned a legal gender at birth. But do we still need that legal gender status? What would be the social, political and cultural implications of abolishing it, or reforming legal gender status in other ways?