so far are that such a judgement would be likely to go in favour of the trans person.
P was a transsexual woman who was offered promotion as a male, but wasdismissed when she told her employers of her intention to undergo gender reassignment. Her case was brought to the European Court of Justice after anIndustrial Tribunal found it could not deal with the case under British law. Thecase was supported by the Equal Opportunities Commission. On 30th April1996 the Court of Justice found in favour of the plaintiff.The Court found that there was a breach of the 1976 European Union Directiveon equal treatment, which guarantees men and women the same rights. TheCourt heard that Article 5 precludes the dismissal of a transsexual person for reasons related to gender reassignment and that the principle of equal treatmentfor men and women means that there should be no discrimination whatsoever on the grounds of sex. The judgement declares it illegal to discriminate inemployment against a person on the grounds of their wishing to undergo or having undergone gender reassignment.
Whilst the judgement refers to employment, transsexual people have beenseeking to extend its implications. In one case, a trans woman who wasworking as a voluntary prison visitor was granted £60,000 compensation whenthe agency with which she worked tried to stop using her owing to her transsexualism. In another, a trans woman was refused access to a women-onlycollege course, but the college backed down when threatened with a legalchallenge.
Given that owners of single sex space are generally obliged to admit onesex or the other, a women-only space which excluded trans women would belogically obliged to admit trans men!5.00 Exclusion is unfair
Whilst the life experience of trans women may in general differ in somerespects from that of born women, there is such a range of experience amongstall women that in any group of women brought together for social, leisure,educational, work or other reasons, there will be some experiences common toall and others unique to each member.
Trans women, whatever their history, live as women, and therefore facethe same discrimination, problems and issues as other women. They may havehad a particularly rough time and need the support of other women — some