Meet Ireland’s first transgender candidate to run in elections

The first transgender candidate on the island of Ireland is to stand for election to Stormont.

Activist Ellen Murray, 22, will run for the Green Party in West Belfast in May’s Assembly poll.

Ms Murray promised to give a voice to women, young people and the LGBT and gay community.

“I am standing for election because I believe that our political system, which impinges on every aspect of our lives, should be accessible to everyone.”

This is the first time an openly transgender candidate has run in Northern Ireland or the Republic.

“I will support campaigns to introduce abortion law reform, and provide LGBTQ people with equal rights and respect under the law.

“I will work to ensure that the health service is given the support it needs, especially in mental healthcare. I will also press to develop a kinder and more compassionate welfare state to ensure a comfortable and dignified life for everyone.

http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/politics/meet-irelands-first-transgender-candidate-to-run-in-elections-34363966.html

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