Transgender court cases and the death by a thousand law suits

Rachel Saunders
4 min readMar 28, 2024
Photo by Francesco Ungaro: https://www.pexels.com/photo/view-of-crescent-moon-on-night-sky-12324073/

Late 1969 was time of trepidation for trans folk in the UK. April Ashley’s court case was about to be ruled on, and the cold winter broke into a colder winter of the soul as January 1970 saw Judge Ormrod pass down his infamous ordinary meaning of sex denying all trans people in the UK sex based rights in their affirmed gender. At a stroke trans people went from a legal penumbra to…

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