11 Mich. J. Gender & L. 253 (2004-2005)
Expanding Gender and Expanding the Law: Toward a Social and Legal Conceptualization of Gender That Is More Inclusive of Transgender People

handle is hein.journals/mjgl11 and id is 259 raw text is: EXPANDING GENDER AND EXPANDING THE LAW:
TOWARD A SOCIAL AND LEGAL
CONCEPTUALIZATION OF GENDER THAT IS MORE
INCLUSIVE OF TRANSGENDER PEOPLE
'2Dylan Vade*
INTRODUCTION . 255
I.   A CONCEPTUALIZATION OF GENDER THAT Is
INCLUSIVE AND RESPECTFUL OF
TRANSGENDER PEOPLE - 264
A. A Description of Transgender Communities • 264
1. Gender Diversity • 265
2. Change and Fluidity • 267
3. Body Diversity • 268
4. Sexual Orientations • 270
5. Diversity of Experiences and Narratives • 271
B. A Non-Linear View of Gender-The Gender Galaxy             273
1. Each Person Has a Gender, a Place in the
Gender Galaxy • 275
2. The Multiplicity in the Gender Galaxy
Is Not a Void • 277
II. AGAINST THE USE OF THE SEx-GENDER DISTINCTION:
IT Is NOT LOGICAL AND IT Is HARMFUL TO
TRANSGENDER PEOPLE • 278
A. De-Naturalizing Sex: Sex Is Not to Nature as Gender
Is to Culture- Both Sex and Gender Are Social
Constructs and Socially Real • 278
Dylan Vade is a transgender attorney and activist who co-founded and co-directed
the Transgender Law Center (TLC) in San Francisco. His work at TLC was possible
because of fellowships from the Initiative for Public Interest Law at Yale and the
Echoing Green Foundation. He has a J.D. from Stanford University, a Ph.D. in Phi-
losophy from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and a B.S. in
Mathematics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He gives thanks
to C.B. Dawson, Abe Doherty, Sheryl Harris, Jaron Kanegson, Danny Kirchoff, Jody
Marksamer, Ellise Nicholson, Anna Mills, Johnnie Pratt, Lydia Sausa, Professor Lisa
Schwartzman, Shawna Virago, Eli Wadley and many more queer people for shaping
his view on gender-and his gender. Thanks to Professor Rita Alfonso, Professor
Eduardo Capulong, Shannon Minter, Sondra Solovay, and Dean Spade for their
support in writing this piece. Much thanks to Laura Yockey and Tarifa Laddon and
all the editors at the Michigan Journal ofGender and Law. And special thanks to Pro-
fessor Stuart Biegel for his invaluable insights and support of this article-and of an
expanded view of gender.

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