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Reform Of Gender Recognition For Under-18s


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Gender recognition of under-18s is set for reform after a review of the issue under the gender recognition act.

Recommendations include a simplified process for legal gender recognition of children of any age with parental consent.

A review of the act was commissioned by the Minister for Social Protection, Regina Doherty.

Anyone 18 or over can currently have their gender recognised in law.

Under proposed changes, children under 18 will be able to register the legal status of their gender with parental consent.

Carol-Anne O'Brien is director of advocacy at LGBT youth organisation BeLongTo.

"Transgender young people will feel valued they're recognised in Ireland, cause they are really struggling with isolation, with not feeling welcome and with really difficult procedures that have not helped them in terms of them being able to live in their true gender".


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