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Ó Snodaigh launches Gender Recognition Bill

23 May, 2013 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD


Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Social Protection Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh has today launched a Gender Recognition Bill that would provide the legal framework for transgender people to have their birth certificates amended to reflect their preferred gender identity.
Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:
“The lack of movement by the government on this issue has been disgraceful.
“It is for this reason that I've taken the initiative of publishing this Gender Recognition Bill; making progress on transgender rights shouldn't be hampered by bureaucratic hurdles.
“This is a human rights issue and this Bill if passed, would position Ireland as a leader on the world stage in terms of progressing transgender rights.
“This Bill will ensure that everyone has a right to legal recognition of their self-identified gender and be issued with official documentation, including birth certificates to recognise this.
“It is incredibly important that people are not forced to undergo any kind of surgery or be diagnosed with a mental health condition in order to have their preferred gender recognised.
“Furthermore no person should be forced to divorce their partner in order to have their gender recognised. It is an insult to expect transgender people to divorce their spouse and be diagnosed with a mental health condition in order to access a basic human right.
“The Minister Joan Burton’s Gender Recognition Advisory Group made recommendations of that nature however I have demonstrated in this legislation that those proposals are completely unnecessary. I am calling on the Minister to allow this legislation to proceed and to allow transgender people their human rights.”
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