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SPOTLIGHT: Hailey Greenhalgh

Wednesday, October 17, 2018
12:00pm – 1:30pm

Storrs Campus
Beach Hall 425

Transgender scholars and activists currently find themselves at a standstill as to how to move forward with the transgender movement, with two different paths appearing evident within recent discourse. Inclusionist scholars find the human rights framework helpful and important to justifying why transgenderi ndividuals deserve more equal rights. These scholars argue that the use of previously developed human rights literature when focusing on anti- discrimination laws, equal access to healthcare, education, housing, and the promotion of hate crime legislation is beneficial to the transgender movement (Attaia 2017). Other scholars such as Spade (2011) and Irving (2013) are examples of exclusionist scholars, who find themselves arguing against the promotion of transgender human rights legislation. These scholars are highly critical of organizations such as the Human Rights Campaign, stating they are seeking to please administrations and legislations for grant money, rather than pushing for radical change that transgender individuals need the most (David 2017: 29). Other movements, such as the sex worker’s movement and women’s rights movement have had similar debates centering around whether they should continue to work with or fight against governments. This paper plans to conceptualize these debates within transgender rights literature and provide insight on potential paths forward.

Contact:

hailey.greenhalgh@uconn.edu

Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies (primary), UConn Master Calendar

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