Discrimination stories abound as Equality Authority discusses Gender Bill

An Equality Authority conference has heard examples of discrimination against Ireland's transgender population in public, at work and in school.

The authority is today launching its observations on the new Gender Recognition Bill, which will allow people to have their gender changed on a birth cert.

However, it has voiced serious concerns over a requirement will force transgender people to divorce to have their gender recognised.

About 1% of Ireland’s population is gender variant, and currently there is no way of having birth certs changed to reflect preferred gender.

The Equality Authority has held a conference to air its views on the Law which will change that, but it has been dominated with stories of discrimination. Trans people suffer high levels of harassment, violence and have a high suicide rate

The Equality Authority has broadly welcomed the new Bill, though it has slammed the requirement for Transgender people to be single before they're legally recognised.

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