The end of LGBT History Month was unusually busy for me, as I’d been asked to give a few speeches at events in Devon, and then the key speech at an event put on by London-based human rights lawyers Leigh Day.
Several people asked me to publish the speech, so I have done here as a pdf – Leigh Day – 27 Feb 2019
I have only come to understand in the last couple of years that the battle for trans rights is actually a fight to regain what was lost, not simply gain that which had never been won. When you look at the issue in this manner, it starts to explain why things like privacy became so important for trans people, and also why trans people react so strongly to threats to our existing rights. Hopefully the speech explains some of this context.