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Gender Recognition Bill must be amended to respect Transgender people - Lynn Boylan MEP

14 February, 2015 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Dublin Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan today attended a rally at Leinster House organised by LGBT Noise and TENI (Transgender Equality Network Ireland) to call for the Gender Recognition Bill to be amended to respect the dignity of Transgender people.

Ms Boylan was joined at the rally by Sinn Féín President Gerry Adams and Councillors Chris Curran, Máire Devine and Mayor of South Dublin County Council Councillor Fintan Warfield.

Speaking afterwards she said;

“The Government’s Gender Equality Bill is an insult to Transgender people and should be amended to respect their dignity.

“A persons gender identity is a matter for each individual.  Transgender people know their own identity.  They don’t need medical evaluation to prove their identity to anyone.

“Furthermore, no person should be forced to get divorced in order to have their gender recognised.

“The inclusion of these requirements in the government’s bill is a disgrace.  The bill needs to be amended to remove these requirements.

“The views of the Transgender community need to be taken on board by the government.  If they do not amend this legislation they will have failed an entire community.

“The government needs to move into the 21st century with the rest of us and stop denying people their basic human rights.”


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