Sexual orientation and gender identity
This course will examine legal approaches to people whose sexual orientation and/or gender identity does not conform to that of the majority. It is structured around three timelines, which cover:
- gays and lesbians
- trans people
- people with intersex conditions.
This approach has been adopted to demonstrate how legal and social/cultural attitudes have changed significantly over time, and, in particular, to clearly demonstrate how much they have changed in recent years. Legal approaches to sexual orientation and gender identity cover a range of different areas of law, including, but not limited to, criminal law, employment law and family law.
In looking at legal approaches the focus will be on the approach of English law (a term which generally covers the law applying in both England and Wales), but reference will also be made at times to the approach in other countries. Certain trends in the legal approach of Western democracies can be discerned, but there are also areas of difference; and when one considers legal approaches across the globe the differences in approach can be enormous.
This OpenLearn course is an adapted extract from the Open University course.