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'I want to live my life as who I am' - Ireland's trans community speak out in moving video

The proposed gender recognition legislation means the world to them but it will still exclude certain members of the community.
Jan 22nd 2015, 11:04 PM 18,325 116

Source: TransgenderEquality/YouTube

THIS GENDER RECOGNITION Bill, which promises to provide for State recognition of the acquired gender of a person, was debated in the Seanad this week.

While this has been hailed as a massive step forward for transgender people in this country, it still excludes a number of groups within the community. The legislation would only applies to those over 18 and could only be availed of if a person is single.

In a moving video released by the Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI) this week, people from the trans community in Ireland – young, middle-aged, married and single – explain what this legislation means for them.

Some will have to choose between a recognition of who they are and their marriage, which survived the trials of their transition.

Basically, it’s something that I can’t avail of, unless I split up my family by divorcing Helen.

But this new law, if enacted, would allow a transgender person to get a new birth certificate that accurately reflects their gender. It may seem like a small victory, but this one change will mean the world to them.

“I think it’s important that you’re remembered for the person that you are. I mean it would be tremendous because I could be who I am legally in every respect and of course my birth cert would be changed to reflect who I am. That’s massive. That would be a great thing to happen to me before I die.

Read: Mixed reaction from transgender group to gender recognition bill>

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