Tánaiste says recognition of transgender identity a sign of growing maturity
Katherine Zappone acknowledges role played by Tánaiste Joan Burton and civil servants in preparing Bill
Senator Katherine Zappone: said it was regrettable it had taken successive Irish governments more than 20 years to legislate for gender recognition. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times
The formal recognition of the identity of transgender people was a mark of the growing maturity of Irish society, Tánaiste Joan Burton told the Seanad. “It is an element of the programme for social reform which has been progressed by the Government and it is the third of three pieces of legislation in the civil registration area that I have brought forward as Minister for Social Protection,” she said.
Ms Burton was introducing the Gender Recognition Bill 2014. She said the number of people directly affected by the legislation would be small, but it had a deep significance for those who would, for the first time, have their preferred gender formally recognised by the State for all purposes. “This significance extends to families, friends and communities of people who are transgender and who will avail of the new birth certificates to be made available,” Ms Burton said.