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‘#WontBeErased’ : the effects of (de)pathologisation and (de)medicalisation on the legal capacity of trans* persons

Pieter Cannoot (UGent)
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Over the last decade, trans* issues have increasingly gained attention all around the globe. While this increased social recognition has mostly resulted in higher acceptance rates of gender non-conformity, world-wide data show that trans* persons still remain among the most vulnerable groups in society. One of the most pressing issues facing trans* persons, is their inherent psycho-pathologisation and medicalisation in society and law. Indeed, in modern history, trans* issues have been predominantly addressed through the lens of medicine and psychiatry, which has had a clear impact on the legal capacity of gender non-conforming persons. Although this contribution shows that a human rights movement towards depathologisation and demedicalisation of gender non-conformity is rapidly getting up steam in several parts of the world, it needs to be questioned whether the current human rights approach is getting it 'right'. In this regard, it is argued that the present focus on trans* depathologisation and demedicalisation should only be the first step towards the full inclusion of all trans* persons in law and society.
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HRC, gender, transgender, pathologisation, HUMAN-RIGHTS, GENDER, PREVALENCE, LAW, Trans* persons, Pathologisation, Legal capacity, Gender identity, Gender self-determination

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Cannoot, Pieter. “’#WontBeErased’ : The Effects of (de)Pathologisation and (de)Medicalisation on the Legal Capacity of Trans* Persons.” INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF LAW AND PSYCHIATRY, vol. 66, 2019.
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Cannoot, P. (2019). ’#WontBeErased’ : the effects of (de)pathologisation and (de)medicalisation on the legal capacity of trans* persons. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF LAW AND PSYCHIATRY, 66.
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Cannoot, Pieter. 2019. “’#WontBeErased’ : The Effects of (de)Pathologisation and (de)Medicalisation on the Legal Capacity of Trans* Persons.” INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF LAW AND PSYCHIATRY 66.
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Cannoot, Pieter. 2019. “’#WontBeErased’ : The Effects of (de)Pathologisation and (de)Medicalisation on the Legal Capacity of Trans* Persons.” INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF LAW AND PSYCHIATRY 66.
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Cannoot P. ’#WontBeErased’ : the effects of (de)pathologisation and (de)medicalisation on the legal capacity of trans* persons. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF LAW AND PSYCHIATRY. 2019;66.
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P. Cannoot, “’#WontBeErased’ : the effects of (de)pathologisation and (de)medicalisation on the legal capacity of trans* persons,” INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF LAW AND PSYCHIATRY, vol. 66, 2019.
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  author       = {Cannoot, Pieter},
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  journal      = {INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF LAW AND PSYCHIATRY},
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  title        = {‘#WontBeErased’ : the effects of (de)pathologisation and (de)medicalisation on the legal capacity of trans* persons},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijlp.2019.101478},
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