Yesterday (Wednesday 3rd June), the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton, T.D. announced that, following the agreement of Cabinet, the application process under the Gender Recognition Bill will, for people aged 18 years or more, be based on the person's self-declaration by way of a statutory declaration. The Bill will also no longer contain the controversial 'forced divorce' clause.
Yesterday (Thursday 5th March), the Gender Recognition Bill was debated in the Dáil. This was a historic moment as 27 TDs from all parties spoke on the Bill. All TDs broadly welcomed the introduction of the legislation but called on the Government to improve the Bill.
Today (Tuesday 3rd February), the Committee Stage debate on Gender Recognition Bill 2014 began in Seanad Eireann.
Tomorrow, Tuesday 3rd February, members of Seanad Eireann will advance to Committee Stage debate on the Gender Recognition Bill 2014.
The proposed Gender Recognition Bill is a step forward but it falls seriously short of providing adequate protection to Trans young people, especially within the education system and makes no attempt to protect and vindicate their right to freedom of expression. On a practical level this impacts on uniform choice, access to appropriate toilets, the name which appears on the school roll and the right to join sports teams targeted for those of a certain gender.
Today (Wednesday 21st January), the Gender Recognition Bill 2014 was debated in Seanad Eireann.
Friday 19th December, BeLonG To, the national LGBT organisation, acknowledges the publication of the Gender Recognition bill but says that the bill falls far short of meeting the needs of Trans people, especially Trans young people.
Friday 19th December, the Government have published the Gender Recognition Bill 2014.
While gay rights face slow progress in Northern Ireland, issues of transgender awareness and gender identity are often entirely forgotten. Better education is needed to foster awareness and tolerance.
Tuesday, the EU Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) presented the largest comparative study on the experiences of trans people in all 28 EU Member States. The FRA calls the results "alarming", but highlights that legal frameworks and good policies have a positive impact on trans people's lives.