ICCL Welcomes Changes to Gender Recognition Bill

ICCL Press Statement

Thursday 4 June 2015

The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) today (Thursday 4 June 2015) welcomes the announcement from the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection, Ms Joan Burton T.D. that, following the result of the Referendum on Marriage Equality, a married transgender person will no longer be required to dissolve their marriage before accessing their right to recognition of their gender under proposed new legislation. The ICCL also welcomes the announcement that persons aged 18 years and older will be able to apply for recognition based on a self-declaratory model in line with international best practice. This provision removes the need for a ‘medicalised’ model of recognition which had been criticised by campaigners and representatives of the Transgender community in Ireland as failing to meet the requisite international human rights standards.

Speaking on the announcement, Mark Kelly, Executive Director of the ICCL said:

“Full and equal recognition of the rights of trans people to self-identify in their own gender is a human right. Just as the human right of all LGBT persons to marry whom they wish was affirmed by an overwhelming majority less than two weeks ago, the rights of Transgender people to the simple recognition of who they are, without recourse to changing their family status or to ‘medicalised’ models of recognition, have, with these proposals, rightly been affirmed. The work of the Tánaiste and, particularly, of campaign groups such as the Transgender Equality Network of Ireland, who pressed tirelessly for equal recognition for trans people in line with Ireland’s international human rights obligations, is to be heartily congratulated.”



Walter Jayawardene, ICCL Communications Manager



Note to Editors.

The Gender Recognition Bill is scheduled to go to Committee Stage on 17th June 2015.


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