Ireland! #MarRef ≠ #TransRights
In the states, Marriage Equality came first, but it’s a far cry from equality for all. I live and work in one of the most red of states, but only because I was able to change my documents. Transgender Irish people can’t do that. What’s even worse, the proposed law, heavily influenced by the Catholic Church would make matters worse!
Hopefully, after Marriage equality Ireland is appoved, the country will focus on trans rights. But in the mean while Irish trans people will continue to live day to day without the most basic of tools to survive.
Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, Minister of State for Equality tweeted….
Ireland hasn’t just said “Yes”… Ireland has said: “F” src=”http://s.w.org/images/core/emoji/72×72/2764.png”>” src=”http://s.w.org/images/core/emoji/72×72/2764.png”>” src=”http://s.w.org/images/core/emoji/72×72/2764.png”>” src=”http://s.w.org/images/core/emoji/72×72/2764.png”>CK YEAAHHHH”
— Aodhán Ó Ríordáin TD (@AodhanORiordain) May 23, 2015
Although a final result has not yet been announced, David Quinn, a leading campaigner against gay marriage and director of Catholic think tank the Iona Institute, has already conceded defeat.
Mr Quinn told national broadcaster RTE it was “obviously a very impressive victory for the ‘Yes’ side”.
He added that early tallies indicated that those in favour of gay marriage had secured a victory “roughly in the region of two to one”
15:54 via the live Referendum tracker
Human Rights Watch has said the Yes vote in the marriage referendum “will guarantee marriage equality and diminish discrimination against Ireland’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender citizens”.
“The people of Ireland have expressed support for the fundamental right of same-sex couples to marry,” said Boris Dittrich, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights advocacy director at Human Rights Watch.
“The vote also indicates the majority of Ireland’s voters rejected the opposition’s fear-mongering tactics.”
Far from equal. The Irish Gender Recognition Bill 2014 would require married couples to divorce. It would also put severe retrictions on youth who historicly suffer the most and opt for suicide.
As Seanad Eireann discusses the Gender Recognition Bill 2014, Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI) have produced a video which puts trans people and their families at the centre of the debate.
Read more at TENI.ie