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Stephen Thomas Whittle, OBE, FAcSS, DLaws hc, PhD, MA, LLM, BA
Professor of Equalities Law: Manchester Metropolitan University.

A co-founder of Press For Change the UK's transgender lobby group, having transitioned to male in 1975, Stephen has been the organisation’s Head of Legal Services for over 25 years, running a team providing free legal advice to trans people & employers. In 2005 he was a founder & later Chair of Transgender Europe. He has been researching the law and trans people for over 30 years. In 2007 he was the first non-medic & the first trans person to be elected President of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH). One of his proudest moments (other than marrying his wife in 2005) was when the WPATH membership voted, unanimously for Human Rights to be at the heart of the International Care Standards for Transgender Health.

He has advised the UK government on implementing gender recognition legislation and protecting trans people from discrimination in the Equality Act 2010. He has similarly advised the Scottish, Irish, Italian, Japanese, and South African governments, the European Union, the Council of Europe & the European Commission. As well as teaching and research, he writes briefs for courts across the world and is an expert Court witness on Trans rights, privacy rights and asylum. He writes country reports addressing fear of persecution and mental health for the UK’s Immigration courts.

He has served on the UK’s NHS Gender Identity Clinical Strategic Commissioning Group and the UK’s Crown Prosecution Service Case Review Committee. In 2015, he was made a special advisor to the Parliamentary Women & Equalities Committee Inquiry. He also researches Dalit & Caste based discrimination in the UK’s South Asian Diaspora, and amongst law students and young lawyers in India.

Stephen has received many awards including a Lambda Literary Award for The Transgender Studies Reader, and in 2005 he was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list for his work with the Government on trans people’s rights.


2020: The Guardian Podcast, Understanding the Fight over Trans rights,

2019: BBC, Consultant: Gender, Intersex & Sport

2018: Channel 4, House of Lord’s Annual Equality Lecture, & GenderQuake debate – Brief writer for Caitlyn Jenner

2017: BBC Radio 4, Expert Witness: The Moral Maze - Gender Identity

2016: Australia Broadcasting Corporation:  One Plus One, 30 minute TV Interview


Whittle S, Turner L, Rutherford S. (fc 2021) A Guide to Human Rights in Transgender Healthcare, London: Press For Change

Whittle S. (2020) Transgender Children: Advice and Law for Parents & Schools, London: Press For Change (e-book)

Whittle S. (2018) Employment issues for Transgender and Gender Variant People: A legal perspective, in Bouman & Arcelus (eds) (2018) The Transgender Handbook, New York: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.

Clucas R, Whittle S. (2017) Non-Binary People and the Law, in Christina Richardson, in  Bouman & Barker (eds.) Genderqueer and non-binary genders. London: Palgrave-Macmillan

Beauregard TA, Arevshatian L, Booth JE, Whittle S. (2016) Listen carefully: transgender voices in the workplace, The International Journal of Human Resource Management

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