A proposed bill in Ireland would allow transgender people to have legal recognition of their gender in all dealings with the State, public bodies, and civil and commercial society. The revised General Scheme of the Gender Recognition Bill was released yesterday after receiving Cabinet approval.
Applicants aged 18 or over will only need to provide a self-declaration of intent to live permanently as the gender the are applying for recognition of and “Validation” by the primary physician that the individual has transitioned or is in the process of doing so.
Amendments made to the original version mean that the minimum age has been lowered from 18 to 16, however tighter controls will be in place for 16 and 17 year old applicants.
If successful, applicants will then receive a Gender Recognition Certificate, following which they will then be able to obtain a new birth certificate through another application.
The Gender Recognition Bill will only apply to the Republic of Ireland; in Northern Ireland it is already possible to apply for a Gender Recognition Certificate as a result of the 2004 Gender Recognition Act which applies to all of the UK.