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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

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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.

 
 

Review

A revelation . . . Zoë Playdon has written a formidable book . . . Magnificently researched and told -- Michael Cashman, author of ONE OF THEM

Zoë 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 wise -- Jennifer Finney Boylan, author of SHE'S NOT THERE and GOOD BOY

As 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 -- Baroness Helena Kennedy QC

Book Description

The never-before-told story of Ewan Forbes and the landmark case that rocked British society and transformed transgender experience to this day

About the Author

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.
 
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  • ISBN: 9781526619129
  • Author: Zoe Playdon
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury
  • Pages: 416
  • Format: Paperback

Book Description

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.

 
 

Review

A revelation . . . Zoë Playdon has written a formidable book . . . Magnificently researched and told -- Michael Cashman, author of ONE OF THEM

Zoë 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 wise -- Jennifer Finney Boylan, author of SHE'S NOT THERE and GOOD BOY

As 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 -- Baroness Helena Kennedy QC

Book Description

The never-before-told story of Ewan Forbes and the landmark case that rocked British society and transformed transgender experience to this day

About the Author

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.
 

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