Close to 2,000 people took part in the second ever Trans Pride march in Dublin on Saturday.
A marked increase of almost 200% from last year.
The mainly young crowd, carrying banners with such slogans as “Trans rights are human rights”, “I’m marching for my trans friends who aren’t out”, and “This is TERF-free zone”, chanted: “When trans rights are under attack, stand up, fight back” and "two, four, six, eight. Separate church and State."
TERF is an acronym for trans-exclusionary radical feminist – referring to a number of feminist thinkers in the United States and Britain, particularly who reject the concept that trans-women are women.
The theme of this year's Trans Pride was 'Break the Binary'.
The rally started at the Garden of Remembrance in Parnell Square before a march to Merrion Square. The organisers said they wanted to highlight their "opposition to oppressive and rigid gender norms in our society".
Thomas White, one of the organisers, said: "it is time for the Government to act and stop talking about equality and just paying lip service".
He also said "Ireland has one of the highest levels of transphobic hate crimes in Europe and it needs to be tackled."
Among organisations with flags and banners were political parties Solidarity, People Before Profit, Sinn Féin, the Green Party, Labour and the Social Democrats.
Also represented were the Union of Students in Ireland, the Teachers Union of Ireland, the Northern Irish Public Service Alliance, the Abortion Rights Campaign, Rosa, and, United Against Racism.
'Transgender' is an umbrella term for persons whose gender identity, gender expression or behaviour does not conform to that typically associated with the sex to which they were assigned at birth.
Gender identity refers to a person’s internal sense of being male, female or something else; gender expression refers to the way a person communicates gender identity to others through behaviour, clothing, hairstyles, voice or body characteristics.
Ireland is one of just six jurisdictions in the world where people may legally change gender through self-determination.
The 2015 Gender Recognition Act provides an administrative process for transgender people over 18 to achieve full legal recognition of their preferred gender. The process is also open to people aged 16-18, though they have to go through the Circuit Court and get a doctor’s certificate and parental consent.
The historic move was a vital one for transgender people in this country.
It meant they could change their gender on birth certs, passports and driving licences by making a formal legal declaration, without the need for testimony from psychiatrists.
This followed the battle of Irish transgender woman Lydia Foy, who spent 20 years of her life involved in difficult and complex litigation to have her gender legally recognised in the Irish State, the Oireachtas passed the Gender Recognition Act in 2015.
Explainer of terms associated with the trans community:
Cisgender – A term for people whose gender identity matches the sex that they were assigned at birth. The opposite of the term ‘transgender’.
Transgender – A person who has a gender identity or gender expression that differs from their assigned sex.
Pansexual – Someone who has the ability to fall in love/being attracted to someone regardless of their gender.
Non-binary – Genderqueer, also known as non-binary, is a catch-all category for gender identities that are not exclusively masculine or feminine. A non-binary person may express a combination of masculinity and femininity, or neither, in their gender expression.
TERF – An acronym for the phrase “trans-exclusionary radical feminist”. In essence, someone who is campaigning for feminist ideals whilst excluding transgender women.
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