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This chapter examines the most common and visible legal interventions taken up in the contemporary struggle for trans rights: anti-discrimination laws and hate crime laws. It demonstrates why these reforms fail to provide relief to the poverty, criminalization, and violence faced by trans people, but instead provide a window-dressing of equality for ongoing conditions of subjection. It argues that these recognition-focused reforms not only fail to provide relief, but also enhance the power, resources, and legitimacy of systems, such as criminal punishment, that continue to endanger trans people.

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