This morning at the opening ceremony of the 4th European Transgender Council, Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton TD committed to further dialogue on Ireland’s upcoming gender recognition legislation.
She marked the dramatic shift in society’s attitudes towards women and LGBT diversity over the last 30 years, and marked the change in the principles of legislating for gender recognition that have taken place in the two years since the interdepartmental Gender Recognition Advisory Group was established.
The Minister announced that a Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Social Protection and Education will examine the issue of gender recognition in October or November. The committee will be seeking feedback and opinions on the proposed legislation.
TENI Director Broden Giambrone said, “This is a watershed moment in Ireland. It is critical that we educate and energise the government to make this legislation a priority. Dr Foy and the trans community have been waiting for nineteen years for this. Now is the time.”