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Why Pressing Mattered - 20 Years of Press for Change

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Presentation by Christine Burns on the 20th anniversary of the formation of Press for Change

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Why Pressing Mattered - 20 Years of Press for Change

  1. 1. Why Pressing Mattered Christine Burns MBE Monday 27th February 2011
  2. 2. Happy Birthday PFC !
  3. 3. About Press for Change• Formed in 1992• “To campaign to achieve equality and human rights for all trans people in the UK through legislation and social change”• 7 Vice Presidents• Non-hierarchic, facilitative, approach• No office, no secretariat. A bedroom- based campaign
  4. 4. Trans rights in the UK in the early 1990’s• Unchanged since 1970• Defined by outcome of Corbett v Corbett case (April Ashley) in 1970 and R v Tan 1974• Not affected by Sex Discrimination Act (1975)
  5. 5. Trans Rights in 1992• Change name YES• Change documents YES• Change birth certificate NO• Marry in assigned gender NO• Employment protection NO• Goods, services, housing NO• Rape / sexual offences NO
  6. 6. Mark Rees
  7. 7. Stephen Whittle
  8. 8. AlexWhinnom
  9. 9. Sarah and Myka
  10. 10. The Early Years• 1992 – PFC formed in Grandma Lee’s Tea Shoppe• 1993 – Drafting of the objectives, rules for campaigners, first newsletters. Recruited myself• 1994 – Fringe meeting at the LibDem conference. Other modest appearances at meetings. Parliamentary Forum.• 1995 – Labour and Conservative conference fringe• 1996 – Alex Carlile Bill / P vs S and Cornwall County Council / First web site• 1997 – Labour Party Landslide / PFC goes digital
  11. 11. We Gain Supporters
  12. 12. We Are Seen
  13. 13. We Rewrite The Rules
  14. 14. We Network with Allies
  15. 15. We Win Ground• 1997 – Promises and invites from Labour• 1998 – Legislative Consultation / Corrie• 1999 – Employment protection / the right to NHS treatment / Hayley gets Married / the Interdepartmental Working Group / Sheffield & Horsham• 2002 – Goodwin & I vs UK
  16. 16. We Learn Lobbying
  17. 17. Adjusting to the Post-GRA World
  18. 18. We Move On• 2005 – Implementation of the GRA / Launch of LGBT History Month• 2006 – Medicine and Media / SOGIAG• 2007 – Gender Duty / Trans with Pride / MS / Parting Company / Personal Pursuits
  19. 19. Trans Rights in 1992• Change name YES• Change documents YES• Change birth certificate NO• Marry in assigned gender NO• Employment protection NO• Goods, services, housing NO• Rape / sexual offences NO
  20. 20. Trans Rights in 2012• Change name YES• Change documents YES• Change birth certificate YES• Marry in assigned gender YES• Employment protection YES• Goods, services, housing YES• Rape / sexual offences YES
  21. 21. A New Generation
  22. 22. The End of the Beginning

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