Non-binary people to be recognized soon in Ireland

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Under current Irish law, people aged 18 and older can legally change their gender without any medical certificates to prove it. Gender recognition is also available to teenagers from age 16, but for them it is necessary to receive a court order. But non-binary people are still forced to choose between male and female. But soon it will change this year, reviewing the gender identity laws in the country. Social protection minister Regina Doherty promises to try her best to make it possible. “While the terms of reference and the composition of the review group have yet to be finalised, I would like to assure you that the views of the transgender community and non-binary community will be essential in informing the review,” she said. Fintan Warfield, a Sinn Féin senator, welcomed these remarks, adding: “The language used by the incoming minister represents a sea change in the approach of the department. However, trans and non-binary voices must not be the only ones listened to by government; experienced community reps should partake in the review group also.”

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