Ireland legally recognizes trans people

‘It means that we exist in the eyes of the state, and I think that cannot be underestimated’. The Irish parliament Wednesday (15 July) passed the Gender Recognition Bill.

This means transgender people will now be able to change the gender on their birth certificate and passport without a letter from a medical practitioner. Ireland is the fourth country in the world to remove medical criteria from legal gender recognition.

‘I think this is one of the most historic moments for our community,’ said Transgender Equality Network Ireland’s Broden Giambrone.

‘To be legally recognised by the state, for the state to see us for who we really are, it means that we exist in the eyes of the state, and I think that cannot be underestimated.

‘So many members of our community have been struggling. We face a lot of discrimination, prejudice, I just think legal recognition is so symbolically and practically important.’

Two contentious clauses were removed from the amended bill, requiring a supporting statement from a doctor and a married transgender person to divorce before their gender could be recognized

Amnesty International said it was ‘heartened that two of our three major concerns with the bill have been addressed.’

‘We remain concerned that the Act still stipulates that 16 and 17-year-olds require a court order to obtain legal recognition of their gender,’ it added.

The bill is expected to be signed into law by the president in September.

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