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12 Tex. J. on C.L. & C.R. 101 (2006-2007)
Self-Determination in a Gender Fundamentalist State: Toward Legal Liberation of Transgender Identities

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SELF-DETERMINATION                         IN       A        GENDER
FUNDAMENTALIST STATE:
TOWARD                 LEGAL              LIBERATION                   OF
TRANSGENDER IDENTITIES
By: Laura K. Langley*
I.    INTRODUCTION
Transgender people face pervasive hostility in multiple arenas of
their lives. Physical, psychological, and economic violence is leveled
upon those whose identities and actions challenge the stability of the
male/female binary.'     In numerous jurisdictions, it is legal to fire
someone who transitions on the job, or deny a student or employee
access to restrooms according to his or her gender identity. It may be
difficult to find respectful healthcare providers, and hormones and sex
reassignment surgery may be unobtainable.2 One's gender identity may
be denied by a legal regime which vigilantly polices the brutal
boundaries of male and female.3
In regulating gender diacritically, the state dramatically curtails
individuals' bodily and spiritual autonomy and the opportunity to self-
actualize. To fully realize the Fourteenth Amendment's promise of
liberty, people must be able to determine gender for themselves. This
article attempts to build a foundation for positing a right to gender self-
determination rooted in the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth
Amendment.
. J.D. 2006 and Public Interest Law Scholar, Northeastern University School of Law. B.A.
2000, Boston University. I owe a special thank you to Professor Taylor Flynn for so generously
sharing her wealth of experience with me, and for her friendship throughout the writing process.
Thanks also to Lindsay Wells, Connie Utada, Rachel Stroup, Gunner Scott, Jody Marksamer, Kim
Jones, Renay Frankel, Ethan Eddy, and Libby Adler for their valuable feedback on this article and
for informing my thinking on the topic.
1. Jamison Green, Introduction to PAISLEY CURRAH & SHANNON MINTER, TRANSGENDER
EQUALITY: A HANDBOOK FOR ACTIVISTS AND POLICYMAKERS 1, 10-1 I(2000).
2. Id. at 11.
3. See, e.g.. Taylor Flynn, Protecting Transgender Families: Strategies for Advocates, 30
SUM HUM. RTS. 11, 13 (2003); Green, supra note 1, at 10-11.

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