Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Ireland Passes Gender Recognition Bill

The Gender Recognition Act has been signed into law.

It means transgender people can be fully recognized in their chosen gender.

They will be able to change the gender on their birth certificate and passport.

It also removes a clause in a previous bill which required a supporting statement from a doctor.

Passage follows a two decade long campaign by Dr Lydia Foy, when she requested an updated birth certificate.

Transgender Equality Network Ireland's Broden Giambrone has said that it is a momentous occasion.

"I think this is one of the most historic moments for our community," said Mr Giambrone.

"To be legally recognized 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," he said.

"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.

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