Ireland’s gender recognition bill passed by Oireachtas

Kevin Humphreys TD
Kevin Humphreys TD

Ireland’s Gender Recognition Bill has passed through both Houses of the Oireachtas and is due to be signed into law by President Michael D. Higgins this week.

Kevin Humphreys, minister of state at the Department of Social Protection, hailed the move as “another milestone for equality in Irish society”.

The bill introduces a self-declaration model for transgender people aged 18 or over, removing barriers to gender recognition for people who do not identify with the gender assigned at birth.

The provisions of the bill mean trans people gender will have their gender formally and legally recognised for all purposes, including communications with the state and public bodies, and can obtain a birth certificate showing their gender.

Married individuals are not able to seek recognition for a different gender under the provisions of the bill, but it is expected to be amended after Ireland introduces same-sex marriage this year.

Mr Humphreys said: “This is a very significant day and not just for transgender people and their families. It is also another milestone for equality in Irish society following the resounding Yes for marriage equality in May.

“During this process it has been my privilege to meet with many representatives of the transgender community including parents and children. These conversations have informed my thinking and, I believe, are reflected in this Bill.”

He added: “The formal recognition of the identity of transgender people is a welcome development initiated by this Government. This legislation is a further significant step towards making our society equal for everyone.”

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