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Law/Legal Nonfiction

Medicine and the Law: Sex Change is No Change

By Diana Brahams, 1983

Ar a trial three people had been charged with various offences connected with prostitution. Gloria Greaves, a transexual, was convicted inter alia of living on the earnings of prostitution contrary to s30 of the Sexual Offences Act 1956, and Brian Greaves, with whom he/she had gone through a ceremony of marriage, was convicted of living on the earnings of male prostitution contrary to s5 of the Sexual Offences Act 1967. All the appellants appealed on points of law. An essential ingredient of the offences was that Gloria Greaves was a man. He/she was born a man and remained biologically a man, despite the fact he/she had undergone hormonal and surgical treatment, which consisted of the removal of external male organs and the creation of an artificial vaginal pocket.

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