A SENATOR IS proposing that transgender children should be able to receive legal recognition of their stated gender on an interim basis before they turn 18.
Jillian van Turnhout says that some children between the ages of three and five are “living in a nightmare” because the gender assigned on their birth certificate does not match their gender.
The Gender Recognition Bill is reaching the final stages of the legislative process. A fortnight ago, the government announced that trans people Ireland will no longer have to rely on testimony from psychiatrists or endocrinologists to have their gender recognised by the State.
The decision was welcomed by trans groups and advocates but van Turnhout and the Youth Council are both saying that it doesn’t recognise the rights of children.