About the project


There is a lot of debate about how the law could be changed to meet the needs of trans people. The Gender Recognition & Reform project at Exeter University heard responses from the trans and non-binary community and possible ways to improve this system. 

The Gender Recognition Act 2004 (GRA) is the law that sets out the procedure to allow trans people to have their gender legally recognised, giving them access to legal rights and responsibilities of the gender they identify with and a new birth certificate. The Government undertook a public consultation on the GRA to gather opinions on the system and this consultation closed in October 2018. The Government's proposals are expected in Summer 2020.

About the researcher

The GRR project has been created by Mollie Gascoigne, as part of a PhD qualification at Exeter University, which is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). 

Academic background

Mollie has a First Class Law degree (LLB) and Masters of Research in Socio-Legal Research (MRes) with Distinction from the University of Exeter.


Mollie has been awarded Dean's Commendations for exceptional academic performance for every academic year at undergraduate level. She was also awarded the Michelmore's Land Law Prize 2017 and the School of Law Prize 2018 for graduating top of Exeter Law School.

Research interests

Mollie's research interests are interdisciplinary and span various topics across law and queer theory. Mollie has a particular interest in non-binary and genderqueer identities.

Mollie is happy to answer any questions you may  have at M.Gascoigne@exeter.ac.uk.

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