Tuesday 20 August 2019

Trans rally calls for better healthcare

The Trans Pride parade in Dublin. Photo: Damien Eagers
The Trans Pride parade in Dublin. Photo: Damien Eagers

Alan O'Keeffe

Several hundred people marched in the second annual Trans Pride rally from Parnell Square to Merrion Square in Dublin yesterday.

Organiser Thomas White said healthcare for transgender people was completely inadequate and needed to be improved urgently. People who identify as non-binary, in other words not seeing their identity as either male or female, needed to have their gender recognition officially recognised, he added.

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He said it was also important that more Government action be taken to separate church and State.

Ollie Bell (22), from Dublin, said people seeking hormone therapy or surgery should not be made to feel they have a mental illness.

People who identify as non-binary should have their own assessment of themselves accepted by medics instead of having to face a barrage of questions about their sex lives, Ollie said.

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