Monday marked the end of an era in Corrie and the flat above Roy’s Rolls. There was not a dry eye in the Sud’s Law team, when Hayley Cropper ended her own life having been rapidly deteriorating following her diagnosis with pancreatic cancer last summer.
The story has proved a hot topic in the press for many reasons. Soapland’s only long standing transgender character, her soap reign has spanned over 15 years, during which time the Gender Recognition Act 2004 has come into effect. This piece of legislation has the effect of providing a legal mechanism for transgender people to legally acquire their “new” gender. Following this legislation coming into effect, Hayley was able to legally marry her partner Roy. Hayley was a long term and much loved character, who has been hailed as changing the public’s perception of transgender issues.
Hayley’s decision to end her life was obviously not an easy one, and we as viewers saw her struggle over the weeks with the decision and the impact it would have on her nearest and dearest, including husband Roy. Euthanasia has been an issue which has frequently been in the press in recent years, as the law surrounding the issue is unclear, as are the consequences for anyone seen to be assisting in the act or preparation for the act itself. Continue reading Farewell Hayley