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23 JUL 2015
President Signs Gender Recognition Act
On July 22nd the Gender Recognition Act was signed into law by President Michael D. Higgins.
"This is an exciting moment in the history of trans rights," said TENI Chief Executive Broden Giambrone. "The Gender Recognition Act is now law and trans people will now be able to be legally recognised in their true gender."
Ireland has become the fourth country in the world to specifically introduce legislation based on self-determination. Ireland joined Argentina, Denmark, Malta and most recently Colombia, in removing all medical criteria from the legal recognition process. This means there is no requirement 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.
"The Government has informed us that the Bill will be commenced by the end of the summer. This means that individuals should have their gender legally recognised by the autumn," concluded Giambrone.
TENI will update our website when the application process becomes available.