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There should be no legal age restrictions on allowing young people to identify as transgender and teachers should be given specific training in how to respond to pupils facing the situation.
Donald Trump this week said that transgender people would not be able to serve in the U.S military.
A transgender rights report from MPs on Thursday said the UK had a long way to go before transgender people achieve equality.
LGBT activist and long-time campaigner for gender recognition, Dr Lydia Foy has been honoured with European Parliament’s Citizen’s Prize in Brussels.
Transgender people in Ireland have gained legal recognition of their desired gender due to the passing of a bill by the Oireachtas.
In the wake of their successful marriage equality referendum campaign and while the Gender Recognition Bill is at committee stage in the Dail, BeLonG To – Ireland’s LGBT youth organisation, launches a new resource for transgender young people.
Today, BeLonG To Youth Services, the national organisation for lesbian, gay, bisexual & trans young people unequivocally welcomes Senator VanTurnhout’s proposed amendment to the Gender Recognition Bill, which was tabled at Report Stage. The amendment would introduce ‘an interim Gender Recognition Certificate’, for Trans young people, providing significant protections for the rights of trans young people in line with international best practice.
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.
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