GIRES Research Award for 2010

See the GIRES Annual Research Awards page to read about the awards and the criteria used by the GIRES trustees in evaluating entries for the annual award.

In 2010 GIRES made two awards

Dr Lynne Jones
Dr Lynne Jones

The first one went to former MP Dr Lynne Jones who, in 1994 was one of the founder members of the Parliamentary Forum on Gender Identity. Dr Jones chaired this Forum until she retired from politics in 2010.

The Forum includes representatives of trans groups, medical, legal and human rights specialists, and representatives of the police and other services.

Dr Jones supported the cause of trans people by raising transgender issues in the House of Commons, writing letters to Ministers, medical practitioners and those commissioning treatments.

She supported the cause of better legal protection for trans people and worked towards the passage of the Gender Recognition Act in 2004.

Under her auspices, the Forum published its own Guidance for Health Organisations commissioning treatment services for trans people.

Lynne Jones was a Parliamentary champion for trans people at a time when few Parlimentarians took an interest and attitudes were signifcantly more prejudiced.

Thanks in no small part to her 16 years of work as Chair of the Forum we are now fighting for trans people’s rights against a backdrop of radically changed outlooks and far greater understanding.

The second award went to the team who authored the article:

Dichotic Listening, Handedness, Brain Organization, and Transsexuality” (2010) published in the International Journal of Transgenderism.

In the general population, hearing is hard-wired differently in males and females: men have right ear advantage, and women have left ear advantage. This study found that the neural pathways involved in hearing in trans women are hard-wired in the same way as the female population. These findings do not enable a diagnosis, but they provide significant support for the view that there are innate somatic triggers in the development of atypical gender experiences.

This study leads to a greater understanding of the biological ingredients in those experiencing conditions of gender variance.

The authors are:

  • Ernest Govier, C Psychol. Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, and University of East London
  • Professor Milton Diamond, Pacific Center for Sex and Society, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Catherine Slade, BSc, University of East London
  • Teresa Wolowiec, BA (Hons), GradDipPsy, University of East London