Transgender rights 'must be protected in new legislation'

Transgender advocacy groups says a new Bill which aims to give them full legal recognition must protect their right to marry.

The Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI) is one of the organisations before an Oireachtas Committee today - to discuss the provisions of the Gender Recognition Bill.

The Bill was published in July to allow transgender people have their acquired genders acknowledged by the State.

As it stands, it will not apply to transgender people already in a marriage or civil partnership.

TENI spokesperson Boden Giambrone says that's not fair.

"While we welcome the development of the Gender Recognition Bill, there are a number of key areas where rights are not sufficiently protected," she said.

"hese must be addressed if this long overdue legislation is to adequately support transgender and intersex people in Ireland.

"We look forward to the opportunity to discuss these and other concerns with the Oireachtas Committee.”

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