Sinn Féin spokesperson for the Arts, Youth Affairs and LGBTQI Rights, Senator Fintan Warfield has welcomed the unanimous passing of Gender Recognition (Amendment) Bill 2017 in the Seanad. The Bill, if enacted, will allow young transgender people to be legally recognised by their true gender.

The Bill amends the Gender Recognition Act 2015 in three ways:

  • Removes the arduous process for young people between 16 – 17 to receive gender recognition putting them on equal (informed consent) criteria to those over 18.
  • Allows for young people under 16 to receive gender recognition with parental consent.
  • Allows for non-binary and intersex persons to be specifically considered in the review of the Gender Recognition Act.

Senator Warfield said:

“I welcome the positive support shown by all parties and independents today to the issue of gender recognition for young trans and non-binary people.

“The lack of legal recognition leaves them with substantial difficulties in everyday life regarding schools, travel, and work.

“I thank the Senators who supported the Bill passing through second stage and call on all parties to ensure the gender recognition of our young trans and non-binary people is made a reality in the near future.”