Irish transgender woman in running for European award

Irish transgender woman Lydia Foy has been shortlisted for Campaigner of the Year for the highly prestigious European Diversity Awards.

Ms Foy is one of eight nominees for the award which is seen as Europe's major platform for recognising campaigning work for diversity and inclusion in the workplace and society.

Dr Foy won a High Court case in 2007, when the court ruled that her rights under the European Convention on Human Rights had been violated by the failure to recognise her in her female gender.

The Government announced Heads of a Bill to recognise transpersons last month but it has been widely criticised by the transgender community and no timetable has yet been set for bringing in legislation.

The winner and a runner-up of the awards will be announced at a ceremony in London on September 26.

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