In court papers seen by the Observer, the MoJ and government lawyers argue that they do not consider Hudson to be a woman despite the make-up artist reassigning her gender and living as a woman for her adult life. They state Hudson “is as a matter of biological fact a man” and add that the term “transwoman” has no legal significance. They say they have adopted female pronouns when referring to Hudson only “out of respect for her wishes”. In response, Hudson’s legal team accuse government lawyers of adopting “transphobic, unnecessarily abrasive, aggressive and insulting” language towards Hudson, who has breasts and has used hormones for years but does not have a gender recognition certificate.
We’re not told about the snip either way. But, lookie here. It’s possible to get q piece of paper which says gender has hanged. OK, whatever we think of that that is how it works. Have the paper then your legal gender has changed, along with all the other bits of life and law that go along with that. Don’t have it and they ain’t. This isn’t transphobia.
Hudson spent six weeks in jail in 2015, after she admitted head-butting a barman. She spent seven days in HMP Bristol before being moved to a women’s facility, Eastwood Park, after a storm of national protest. Speaking from Belgium, where she lives with her boyfriend, Hudson said: “I was horrified when I read the defence from the MoJ. It states that I’m a male, which is a complete insult, humiliating and wrong because I’ve been living as a female all my adult life. I’m not a drag act. When I was put in jail I’d been the subject of transphobia and it feels like I’m the subject of transphobia again from the MoJ, which is horrible because it’s my government.”
Her lawyer, Jane Ryan of Bhatt Murphy, says the government is denying her gender identity and that its argument runs counter to the ministry’s published policies on trans prisoners and the 2016 women and equalities committee transgender inquiry, the first ever parliamentary report on such issues.
An arrest in 2015 should accord to 2016 findings in what manner?
Quite apart from the manner in which headbutting a barman appears to be rather male behaviour..,…