Gender Pluralism: How useful is it in supporting the health of transgender people?

Surya Monro

University of Huddersfield

Surya Monro a Professor in Sociology and Social Policy based at the University of Hudderfield, UK, email Surya has published substantially in the fields of gender and sexuality, notably on the topic of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equalities. She is the author of Gender Politics: Citizenship, Activism, and Sexual Diversity (Pluto Press 2005) co-author (with Diane Richardson) of Sexuality, Equality and Diversity (Palgrave MacMillan, 2012), and author of Bisexuality (Palgrave MacMillan, 2015).


Gender pluralist theory was introduced in 2005 as a means of including all sex/gender identities within the realm of plausible identities – it includes unusual, marginalised, and fluid identities as well as those that are... [ view full abstract ]


This paper addresses gender pluralism in the light of recent and current changes to transgender healthcare, wellbeing, and related citizenship rights. It looks at developments such as the emergence of non binary identities,... [ view full abstract ]


The paper draws on six bodies of empirical material: The original UK 1990s study by Monro; three large published pan-European studies carried out by the Fundamental Rights Agency (2013, 2014, and 2016 - the lead author of this... [ view full abstract ]

Main Outcome Measures

This is a conceptual and policy-related paper that is informed by a range of qualitative and quantitative studies and by policy analysis. It does not have specific outcome measures. [ view full abstract ]


The results of this paper concern the utility of gender pluralist theory for understanding trans and intersex peoples' healthcare and related aspects of policy and practice. [ view full abstract ]


Gender pluralist theory is shown to be useful in supporting peoples' autonomy, self determination, and possibilities of considering different healthcare options. Utilising a social model of health, gender pluralist approaches... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Surya Monro (University of Huddersfield)
  2. Daniela Crocetti (University of Huddersfield)
  3. Tracey Yeadon-lee (University of Huddersfield)

Topic Area

Oral & Poster Topics: Social sciences


OS-3D » Social Sciences III: Transgender Citizenship (11:15 - Saturday, 8th April, Mediterranean)

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