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14 JUL 2015
Press Release: Gender Recognition Bill Enters Last Stage in the Seanad
Tomorrow (Wednesday 15th July), the Gender Recognition Bill will go to the Seanad for Report and Final Stages, which is the last legislative step before the Bill becomes law. The Bill will then go to the President to be signed.
"This is a momentous occasion for the trans community in Ireland. Dr Lydia Foy's twenty-two year journey is finally coming to an end. The Government's formal recognition of the trans community means that we will finally step out of the shadows. I will be recognised for who I truly am," said TENI Chair Sara R. Phillips.
Ireland will become the fourth country in the world to specifically introduce legislation based on self-determination. Additionally, Ireland will join Argentina, Denmark, Malta and most recently Colombia, in removing all medical criteria from the legal recognition process. This means there will be no requirements for medical interventions or diagnosis of a mental disorder. Trans people over the age of 18 will be able to self-declare their gender by way of a statutory declaration.
"Self-determination is at the core of our human rights. We are the experts of our own gender identity. Trans people do not need other people to tell us who we are. There is a clear legislative trend towards self-determination and Ireland is taking its position as a global leader in the area of trans rights," said Phillips.
The Gender Recognition Bill will allow for the legal recognition of individuals who are 16 & 17 years of age. However, the process is restrictive and will require certification from two medical practitioners, parental consent and a court order. The legal recognition process will not be open to those under 16.
During the Dáil debate the issue of legal recognition for trans young people was raised by several TDs who tabled amendments on this issue. They called on the Government to amend the Gender Recognition Bill to recognise and protect trans young people. TENI will continue to lobby and advocate for the meaningful inclusion of all trans people.
"We want to thank all of our allies who spoke up for young trans people. This is not the end of our work. We will continue to lobby and advocate for young people to be meaningfully included in legal gender recognition legislation," said Phillips. "We've come a very long way. The passage of the Gender Recognition Bill signals a new era for trans rights in Ireland."
TENI will celebrate the passage of the Gender Recognition Bill at the Chocolate Factory from 6pm on Wednesday 15th July. This will be a casual get-together with some wine and cupcakes. Everyone is welcome.
The Chocolate Factory is located at 26 Kings Inn Street, Dublin 1. A map is available here.
For Further Information
The Seanad debate begins at 12.45pm and will finish by 3pm on Wednesday 15th July. The debate can be viewed here.
Contact TENI's Chief Executive, Broden Giambrone, on 087 135 9816 email@example.com.
Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI) seeks to improve conditions and advance the rights and equality of trans people and their families.www.teni.ie