“Six months after the commencement of the Act we can see that trans people are availing of legal recognition,” said Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI) Chief Executive Broden Giambrone.
On September 4th 2015, Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton, T.D., signed the commencement order for the Gender Recognition Act, which ended Dr Lydia Foy’s long legal battle. Trans people in Ireland were finally able to be legally recognised in their true gender.
Figures supplied by the General Register Office show that 71 Birth Certificates have been issued from the Gender Recognition Register since September 2015.
“Ireland is unique in that our legal recognition process is simple, straightforward and accessible. We are one of just six countries in the world that expressly allow trans people to self-determine their legal gender,” said Mr Giambrone. “This has been a significant moment for the trans community in Ireland. We now exist in the eyes of the law.”
The Department of Social Protection reported that three Gender Recognition Certificates have been issued to persons aged 16/17.
“We know the process of attaining legal recognition for individuals under 18 years of age is quite difficult. However, we are heartened to know that three young people have been able to be formally recognised for who they are,” said Mr Giambrone.
The Gender Recognition Act includes a provision that requires the Government to conduct a two-year review of the operations of the Act. This will occur in 2017, and the Government must issue a report to the Oireachtas on the findings and conclusions.
TENI has convened an expert Working Group, and will advocate for the full and meaningful inclusion of young trans, intersex and non-binary persons during this review.
“The Gender Recognition Act was an incredible step forward, but it does not go far enough. Young trans and intersex persons are not meaningfully included, nor are people with non-binary identities. These exclusions must be addressed during the review process,” said Mr Giambrone.
“Legislative change is incredibly important. However, there is significant work that still needs to be done to combat discrimination and improve healthcare, education and employment for trans people. Trans people and their families have considerable support needs and it is clear that we still need to raise awareness about our diverse experiences. There is still a lot of work to do to ensure all trans people are included in Irish society,” concluded Mr Giambrone.
A copy of the Gender Recognition Act can be found here.
TENI, Transgender Equality Network Ireland, seeks to improve conditions and advance the rights and equality of trans people and their families.
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