A new law has passed that means transgender people over 18 can get a new birth certificate which reflects their preferred gender. This new law will also mean that their gender will be legally recognised by the State in Ireland.
Deputy Prime Minister of Ireland, Joan Burton discussed how this had been a long battle for the transgender community: “I believe the legislation we have is among the most progressive in Europe. This marks a hugely significant and historic day for the transgender community, for their families, friends and, indeed, for all of Irish society.”
Beginning this week, people can now apply for a Gender Recognition Certificate from the Department of Social Protection. As I discussed a moment ago, this means that a person’s preferred gender will be legally recognised by the State for all purposes.
A new birth certificate can then be issued to show the preferred gender, and of course any change in name. Transgender woman Dr Foy, who has fought for more than two decades to have her gender recognised, had this to say: “I hope nobody in Ireland will have to go through such pains and such a long-winded approach to the law. We were getting rather impatient and Europe was looking over our shoulders as well. It is a wonderful day.”
For transgender people aged between 16-18, there is still a “route to recognition” which involves an endocrinologist.