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
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”.
I dunno. I think everyone who respects women’s autonomy is an expert, but storytelling is important in the sense that gender ideology tells a story, with words like ‘assigned’, and it’s a compelling but untrue story that will end up hurting the people it was invented to protect. https://t.co/p3W57B3fc1
Members of the transgender community and their supporters plan to protest outside RTÉ studios in Dublin on Tuesday evening over the broadcast of a pre-recorded interview with Father Ted writer Graham Linehan.
Folks, In the same way that you don’t tell anorexic kids they need liposuction, you don’t tell vulnerable kids with feelings of dysphoria that they need surgery and drugs. You certainly don’t tell them fairy stories about being “born in the wrong body”.
A petition has been set up asking the national broadcaster to reconsider Mr Linehan’s inclusion. The Father Ted co-creator is one of a number of contributors set to feature in the report which will examine the “growth in the number of young people seeking to change gender”. Since 2015, transgender adults have been allowed to state gender identity without requiring reassignment treatment or assessment. Those applying are also able to change the gender on their birth certificates, driver’s licence and passport.
Members of TENI (Transgender Equality Network Ireland) and other civil society groups were in attendance yesterday to ensure “that trans voices are at the centre” of the Gender Recognition Bill which is being debated in the Seanad currently.
This legislation will legally recognise transgender people.
TENI launched a video on legal gender recognition yesterday to correspond with the introduction of the Gender Recognition Bill into the Seanad. Trans people need to be at the centre of this debate, and trans voices need to be heard.
Positive visibility is at the core of what TENI does. We know that by telling our own stories we can change the hearts and minds of Irish society. We need legislation that reflects our lived realities.