Good news! Simon Harris has agreed to meet with the This Is Me Campaign and has given us a confirmed time, date and location in the very near future.
We look forward to meeting with him and discussing viable solutions to improve transgender healthcare in Ireland.#MeetThisIsMe
— ThisIsMe Campaign (@ThisIsMeIreland) April 11, 2019
Department of Health, Baggot Street, Dublin
A sit-in by members of This Is Me, a “national grassroots campaign advocating for safe, accessible, best practice standards for care to be provided to transgender people “.
They are demanding a meeting with Minister for Health, Simon Harris which he “has promised the campaigners on multiple occasions over the past 13 months”.
They want the introduction of official provisions for transgender healthcare in line with World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) standards of care.
They say there are no surgeons in Ireland who will perform gender affirmation surgery and no mental health support provided after refusal.
Noah Halpin, founder of This Is Me said
“We have played political niceties for well over a year now, but there comes a time when patience wear thin. Simon Harris has agreed to meet with us on multiple occasions, through multiple channels and he has not yet followed through on this commitment. Trans specific healthcare in Ireland is at crisis point. And this is being largely ignored. People are dying because of this. We have viable solutions. ”
The campaigners have stated that they will continue their sit in at the Department of Health until they receive a “confirmed time, date and location of the promised meeting with Minister Harris” and will not voluntarily leave the building “until this official arrangement has been made”.