Trans Irish aged 16-17 will have a possibility to change legal gender easier


The process by which trans 16- and 17-year-olds change their legal gender in Ireland will be simplified as a consequences of the governmental review. The updated ruling will have no requirement for 16- and 17-year-olds to go through a court process and have their gender certified by two medical practitioners before their new legal gender could be approved. Instead, 16- and 17-year-olds will be able to self-declare their gender as well as those who have reached the legal age already. The only difference is that juveniles will need the consent of their parents or carers for their legal gender to be changed.

In 2015, Ireland passed a law that allows trans adults to self-declare their legal gender without having to go through the courts or medical professionals. The law was reviewed in 2018, with the review group making several suggestions for improving it, including lowering the age of legal gender self-ID to 16 and recognizing non-binary transgender identities in Ireland.


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