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Ewan Forbes: Sexology, Law and the Lost Generation of Trans Lives 1962-1996 – A talk by Zoe Playdon

Until the 1960s, UK trans people self-identified, accessed affirmative medical care, corrected natal birth certificates, and had full legal equality. Everything changed after the 1968 medico-legal case of trans man Dr Ewan Forbes, devastating trans healthcare, civil liberties, and lives. The hidden case of Ewan Forbes was a closely-guarded secret for fifty years until Professor Zoë Playdon’s research forced government to disclose it, and the unsavoury truth that had compromised the lives of a generation of trans people.

Zoë is Emeritus Professor of Medical Humanities at the University of London, and before that, Professor and Head of Education at NHS Kent, Surrey and Sussex Regional Postgraduate Medical Deanery for 23 years. She is a former co-Chair of the Gay and Lesbian Association of Doctors and Dentists [GLADD] and co-founder with Dr Lynne Jones MP of the Parliamentary Forum on Gender Identity. Her award-winning history of UK trans experience, The Hidden Case of Ewan Forbes is currently being serialised for BBC television.

Date: Wednesday 28th of February
Time: 19:00 – 20:30 GMT
Registration fee: £5 (Free for AMHH Members)


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