Lydia G. Andrews


Presentation: 1:15-2:30, Kennedy Union Ballroom



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This paper explores the persisting challenges transgender individuals face in France despite some recent legislative advancements. While laws recognizing gender identity have been enacted, discrimination and violence against the transgender community persist at alarming rates. Statistical evidence and real-life experiences emphasize the urgent need for proactive measures to ensure the safety and equality of transgender individuals. The paper delves into institutionalized transphobia, examining systemic biases within legal, medical, educational, and governmental frameworks. Although legal reforms have addressed some issues, recent cases expose the shortcomings in the judicial system and reflect the impact of institutional barriers on transgender rights. The discussion also includes workplace discrimination and limited access to quality healthcare, emphasizing the need for societal change, active intervention, and comprehensive legal reforms to create a France where transgender individuals can live free from discrimination, violence, and institutional hurdles. The call to action is clear: a collective effort is imperative to guarantee the security, rights, and dignity of the transgender community in France.

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Project Designation

Course Project 202380 FRN 341 01

Primary Advisor

Marda Messay

Primary Advisor's Department

Global Languages and Cultures


Stander Symposium, College of Arts and Sciences

Institutional Learning Goals

Diversity; Critical Evaluation of Our Times

Study of Transphobia in France