Yesterday (Friday March 31st) Senator Fintan Warfield announced the introduction of the Gender Recognition (Amendment) Bill 2017 to mark the International Transgender Day of Visibility. If passed, this Bill would amend the Gender Recognition Act 2015 to ensure meaningful inclusion of young trans and non-binary people.
“The Gender Recognition (Amendment) Bill 2017 seeks to extend self-determination to trans people aged 16 and 17, and opens a legal pathway for trans people under the age of 16 to recognise their true gender. The Bill will also legally ensure that non-binary persons are considered in the review of the 2015 Act,” said the Sinn Féin Senator Fintan Warfield.
“TENI warmly welcomes the announcement of this Bill. The exclusion of trans young people in the current legislation has caused significant hardship for these individuals and their families. The total lack of legal recognition for non-binary people exacerbates their invisibility in Irish society. This Bill would go a long way in addressing these issues,” said TENI Chief Executive Broden Giambrone.
“The passing of the Gender Recognition Act in 2015 was a milestone for equality in this state. Gender Recognition has enhanced the lives of many in the trans community – of that there can be no doubt. However, the state in no way offers a pathway to legal gender recognition for citizens under the age of sixteen, while the current legal process facing 16 and 17 year olds and their families, is invasive, grueling and problematic,” said Senator Warfield.
The announcement of this Bill coincided with the International Transgender Day of Visibility, which celebrates trans people and raises awareness about the discrimination and inequality that is faced by this community.
“Despite the great progress that we have seen for the trans community, there is still much work to be done to ensure that trans people can live safe and supported lives. Full legal recognition for all members of the trans community is crucial in our quest for rights and equality,” stated Broden Giambrone.
“I want to salute the trans community, at home and abroad, on the International Transgender Day of Visibility. The trans community and Transgender Equality Network of Ireland (TENI) have consistently shown real and genuine leadership for all of the LGBTQI+ community. Sinn Féin are proud to mark this day with the announcement of the Gender Recognition (Amendment) Bill 2017,” finished Senator Warfield.
The Gender Recognition (Amendment) Bill 2017 is co-sponsored by Senators David Norris and Grace O’Sullivan. The Bill will be debated in May 2017.
You can read the full text of the Gender Recognition (Amendment) Bill 2017 here.
Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI) seeks to improve conditions and advance the rights and equality of trans people and their families.www.teni.ie