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Government change of mind on Gender Recognition Bill welcome – Lynn Boylan MEP

4 June, 2015 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Dublin MEP Lynn Boylan has welcomed the government’s change of mind concerning the Gender Recognition Bill where changes of gender will now be effected by a “statutory declaration” for those over 18 years of age.

The Sinn Fein MEP said:

“At a protest in February the Transgender community and supporters called on the Government to amend its Gender Equality Bill to respect Transgender people’s dignity. At the time the government had insisted that medical evaluation was necessary to prove a transgender person’s identity.

“I am delighted with the government’s announcement. The views of the Transgender community have now been taken on board whereby anybody over 18 can have a change of gender effected by a “statutory declaration.

“I am also delighted that the government has dropped the previous requirement that transgender people would have to get divorced or else face not having their gender transition recognised. This is to be welcomed.

“The government’s amendment to the Gender Recognition Bill at Committee Stage to include these alterations is a positive response to February’s protests and enforces equality in Ireland after the recent Marriage Referendum vote.”

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