"If you can change your sex, you can change your race."
On the 9th June, Caitlyn Jenner became the first trans-woman to feature on the cover of Vanity Fair as she announced her transition from the male body she was born in under the name of Bruce.
On the 16h June, race equality activist, Rachel Dolezal, announced that she identified as black, despite being born white, after her parents accused her of 'pretending to be black a day earlier, prompting her resignation as President of the Spokane branch of civil liberties group, the NAACP.
Despite Dolezal receiving a much more hostile reception than Jenner, in part due to media reports that she once tried to sue her university for discriminating against her as a white person, the affair has still raised some fundamental questions about racial identity.
If we accept that someone born as a man can change their sex on the grounds that they identify as a woman simply born into the wrong body, can we not accept that someone born white can change their race on the grounds they identify as a black person born into the wrong family?
If so, then what would be the implications for anti- discrimination laws and identity-based movements and how should employers and providers of public services measure their efforts to advance equality and diversity?
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