Recognising the unrecognised? The opportunities of dignity for new and emerging transgender rights

Across Europe dignity has been used to find and develop transgender rights. But what is it about dignity that works for transgender rights? And what could this mean for new and emerging rights for transgender people?
In the UK, non-binary people – transgender people who do not identify as men or women – cannot obtain legal gender recognition. In this paper I present empirical research findings related to non-binary legal recognition and analyse these issues through the lens of dignity. I discuss the opportunities of dignity to understanding and guiding rights claims to legal gender recognition for non-binary people.
I contend that dignity is valuable in capturing the specific harm of legal non-recognition and offering an aspirational guide for future law reform.