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TheHidden Case of Ewan Forbes

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A never-before-told story based on years of archival research, The Hidden Case of Ewan Forbes lifts the lid on a landmark case that was deliberately suppressed for decades - preventing it from being used in trans court cases and indelibly shaping the trans experience in BritainBooks in this area are frequently American and very filmic - for instance The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (nearly 110,000 TCM) and Hidden Figures (over 57,000 TCM) - but this book is one that strikes at the heart of the British establishmentZoë Playdon has acquired thirty years of front-line experience in LGBTI human rights. Her professional experience - encompassing medicine, the law, government and academia - makes for a big, interdisciplinary work, with a gripping narrative driven by Ewan's case Zoë Playdon is the Emeritus Professor of Medical Humanities at the University of London and a Council member of the Association for Medical Humanities. She holds five degrees, including two doctorates. Zoë is a former co-chair of the Gay and Lesbian Association of Doctors and Dentists [GLADD] and co-founded the Parliamentary Forum on Gender Identity in 1994. She has thirty years' experience of front-line work in LGBTI human rights, including supporting and advising on UK and European legal cases. The Hidden Case of Ewan Forbes is her first book.The never-before-told story of Ewan Forbes and the landmark case that rocked British society and transformed transgender experience to this day 'Magnificently researched and told' Lord Michael Cashman CBE 'A landmark work' Baroness Helena Kennedy QC 'Gripping and important' Michael Bronski, author of A Queer History of the United States ------------------- Ewan Forbes was born Elizabeth Forbes to a wealthy landowning family in 1912. It quickly became clear that the gender applied to him at birth was not correct, and from the age of six he began to see specialists in Europe for help. With the financial means of procuring synthetic hormones, Ewan was able to live as a boy, and then as man, and was even able to correct the gender on his birth certificate in order to marry. Then, in 1965, his older brother died and Ewan was set to inherit the family baronetcy. After his cousin contested the inheritance on the grounds that it could only be inherited by a male heir, Ewan was forced to defend his male status in an extraordinary court case, testing the legal system of the time to the limits of its understanding. In The Hidden Case of Ewan Forbes, Zoë Playdon draws on the fields of law, medicine, psychology and biology to reveal a remarkable hidden history, uncovering for the first time records that were considered so threatening that they had been removed from view for decades.The never-before-told story of Ewan Forbes and the landmark case that rocked British society and transformed transgender experience to this dayA revelation . . . Zoë Playdon has written a formidable book . . . Magnificently researched and toldZoë Playdon shines dazzling light on the case of an early trans pioneer, a man whose dignity and courage remain an inspiration to a new generation of trans people, and those that love us. Abundant with compassion, clarity, and meticulous research, Ms. Playdon ensures that Ewan Forbes' case will remain hidden no more. Urgent, generous, and wiseAs a seasoned activist and skilled academic, Zoë Playdon provides us with an illuminating account of the trans struggle for justice, human rights and equality. Her lens is the secret case of Ewan Forbes, where a class-based legal system sought to preserve male primogeniture. This is a landmark work of history, law and social change

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Title: TheHidden Case of Ewan Forbes
Author: Zoe Playdon
SKU: BK0455026
EAN: 9781526619129

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