Tánaiste Signs Commencement Order of the Gender Recognition Act

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton has signed the Commencement Order for the Gender Recognition Act 2015, allowing trans people to be legally recognised as the gender they identify with.

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton who signed the commencement order of the gender recognition act

The progressive Gender Recognition Bill will enable trans people to be formally recognised as the gender they identify with.

Ireland is now the fourth country in the world to specifically introduce legislation based on self-determination – removing all medical criteria from the legal recognition process. This means there will be no requirement for a medical assessment for applicants over the age of 18. 

As of next Tuesday, September 8, trans people will be able to apply for a Gender Recognition Certificate from the Department of Social Protection and subsequently obtain a new birth certificate with the name and gender they identify as.

“The wait for legal recognition is finally over. The practical and symbolic importance of being recognised in the eyes of the State cannot be underestimated. This is a turning point for trans rights in Ireland and I hope this leads to further positive changes for our community,” said TENI Chief Executive Broden Giambrone.

“This is also the end of a very long journey for Dr Lydia Foy who will soon have her correct birth certificate.” 

The application form for the Gender Recognition Certificate will be available on the Department’s website on Tuesday, September 8. 

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