RTÉ News (which traditionally issues conservative estimations of crowd sizes) reports that approximately 200 people marched on Leinster House on Saturday, January 20, in response to the lack of transgender healthcare and legal recognition for non-binary and intersex individuals.
“We’re basically looking for improved trans healthcare, improved waiting lists, informed consent, no psychiatric diagnosis- we are not a diagnosis,” Noah Halpin, committee member of ITB’s Colours Soc, who organised the protest, told GCN ahead of the march.
Organisers called for the HSE to adopt the ‘informed consent’ model, in which, following appropriate advisement about the treatment in question, the ultimate decision regarding treatment choice rests with the patient alone.
Here’s a selection of some the best social media posts about the march, by the people who were there.
Some excellent punning going on amid the righteous anger:
— Aoife Martin (@aoifemrtn) January 20, 2018
Co-organiser Noah Halpin expressed his heartfelt thanks to those in attendance:
What can I say other “THANK YOU” to everyone who turned out to demand #TransHealthCareNow
You are all the reason this day happened!
Lost for words.
Today is only beginning. We won’t be going away, we won’t be silenced, we will persevere until our human rights are granted! pic.twitter.com/whrBUnTs3N
— Noah Halpin (@Noah_Halpin) January 20, 2018
TENI Ireland lauded the turnout too:
— TENI (@TENI_Tweets) January 20, 2018
Senator David Norris also turned out to call on the government to provide better healthcare to Ireland’s trans citizens.
Great turnout yesterday for the #TransHealthcareNow protest.
— Tracey Byrne MIACP (@TB_counselling) January 21, 2018
Union of Students Ireland provided a snap of the crowd size:
— Union Of Students In Ireland (@TheUSI) January 20, 2018
— Union Of Students In Ireland (@TheUSI) January 21, 2018
People turned out from across the country for the march – like Cork’s Gender Rebels:
— Gender Rebels Cork (@CorkGender) January 20, 2018
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