Saturday 24 February 2018

Orla Tinsley: Quest for transgenders' self-identity in Ireland does not have to be fraught with pain and anxiety

'Lack of recognition infiltrates the lives of transgender people in Ireland everyday'

In the late 1950’s famous Swedish photographer Christer Stromholm took a series of photographs of transgender women near where his home in Paris. The women featured in his collection ‘Les Amies de Place Blanche’ and as an introduction to the book in 1983 he wrote:

'This is a book about the quest for self identity, about the right to live, about he right to own and control one’s own body’.

Over 30 years since he wrote those words many of the outdated laws that fail to protect and provide for transgender people across Europe are still challenging that right.

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