Sinn Fein MEP criticised the Irish Government on it’s Gender Recognition Bill.
Though the bill will at last afford transgender people legal recognition, Boylan criticised it for a number of embedded stipulations.
As the legislation stands, it will enforce medical evaluation and force married applicants to divorce in order to obtain Gender Recognition.
The fact that 16 and 17 year olds must gain parental consent has also been criticised.
Boylan said that the Bill was “an insult to transgender people and should be amended to respect their dignity”
She said transgender people know their own identity. They don’t need medical evaluation to prove their identity to anyone.
“Furthermore, no person should be forced to get divorced in order to have their gender recognised.
“The Government needs to move into the 21st Century with the rest of us and stop denying people their basic human rights”.
Ireland is the only country in the E.U. that has no provision for gender recognition, which has left
transgender people without formal legal status.