Sinn Féin spokesperson for the arts, youth affairs and LGBTQI rights, Senator Fintan Warfield has called on the Government to address the glaring gaps in the Gender Recognition Act a year on from the passing of legislation, and has stated that the Act as is, now represents the greatest obstacle to LGBT legislative equality.

Senator Warfield said:

“Gender Recognition has enhanced the lives of many in the Trans community. Of that there can be no doubt. However, this state in no way offers a pathway to legal gender recognition for citizens under the age of sixteen.

“That is not acceptable and represents a massive obstacle to LGBTQI+ legislative equality.

“Nor is it acceptable that citizens between the ages of sixteen and eighteen face an invasive and arduous process in availing of legal gender recognition.

“In the twelve months since the passing of the Gender Recognition Act, Minister Leo Varadkar has taken the reigns in the Department of Social Protection. Leo Varadkar must now show leadership for Ireland’s Trans and LGBTQI+ community.

“Sinn Féin are preparing legislation that would offer a clear, progressive, legal pathway to gender recognition for Trans citizens under the age of eighteen. Nothing less could be considered equality for the LGBTQI+ community”.