Stephen Whittle and Lewis Turner
Stephen Whittle has worked with the trans community for over 30 years, since his own decision to ‘change sex’ in the 1970s. He recently completed the research report ‘Engendered Penalties: Transgender and Transsexual People’s Experiences of Inequality and Discrimination’, commissioned by the Equalities Review with Lewis Turner. Other publications include ‘The Transgender Studies Reader’ (2006, with Susan Stryker), and ‘Respect and Equality: Transsexual and Transgender Rights (2002). He is now the Professor of Equalities Law at MMU, as well as continuing his work with the trans community as vice-president of Press for Change <http://www.pfc.org.uk>, and as President Elect of the World Professionals Association for Transgender Health <http://www.wpath.org>. He was honoured with an OBE in 2005 for his work on gender issues.
Manchester Metropolitan University, All Saints West, Lower Ormond Street, Manchester, M15 6HB
Lewis Turner has been conducting research on trans issues for the last 8 years. He recently completed the research report ‘Engendered Penalties: Transgender and Transsexual People’s Experiences of Inequality and Discrimination’, commissioned by the Equalities Review with Stephen Whittle. This is the most comprehensive study of trans people in the UK. His PhD thesis Gender Renaissance: Re-configurations of femininity (2004) was an ethnographic study of a trans group in Blackpool (UK). He is an independent researcher and stakeholder consultant for Lancashire Constabulary and the Crown Prosecution Service on trans issues. He has published work in the area of trans studies and also race equality.