South Dublin County Council Votes Unanimously In Favour of Marriage Equality!

11 09 2012

10.09.12 – Dublin:

*Today Marriage Equality welcomed news that South Dublin County Council unanimously passed two motions in support of civil marriage for same sex couples.  The motions were proposed by Labour and Sinn Fein councillors, including the Mayor of South Dublin County Council,
Cathal King. The council joins Dublin City Council, who passed a similar motion last week; Cork and Belfast City Councils, who passed similar
motions in June; as well as Omagh, Down, Moyle, Newry and Magherafelt District Councils who passed motions during the summer months.

“This is a wonderful step by South Dublin County Council to raise awareness of this important issue at a local level. We’d like to thank all
councillors involved for their initiative, and our supporters in South Dublin who spoke to their councillors over the last few months about
raising the issue,” said Marriage Equality Director Moninne Griffith. “Marriage equality is not just a national issue, it’s a local one. It’s
about respecting and protecting loving couples and families who are  part of our communities and treating them as equal. That is why putting the issue on the agenda at local level is so important.”

Last week, Dublin City councillors voted in favour of a motion supporting  marriage equality by a total of 38 votes to 4, while Cork City Council’s
motion passed unanimously in June. Local authorities across Ireland have resumed their sessions this month. During the summer, councillors from city and county councils around Ireland were in contact with Marriage Equality about plans to bring their own motions of support forward in the coming months.

“We are delighted at the response we’ve received from councils around the country,” added Ms Griffith. “In the coming weeks, we look forward to seeing a dramatic rise in the number of local authorities voicing their support for marriage equality, and sending a powerful message from their communities to the Government that same sex couples, our families and our children deserve equality. With 73% popular support, including TDs,  government ministers and local authorities, the time for marriage equality is now.”

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Monday, September 10th, is World Suicide Prevention Day, for some it’s too late but for others let them know there’s always someone to talk to and that there’s a way out. xoxo
Remember, if you need someone to listen the LGBT Helpline,Gayswitchboard Dublin and Dublin Lesbian Line among many groups are there for you.
http://www.lgbt.ie/
http://www.gayswitchboard.ie/
http://www.dublinlesbianline.ie/

 

**Don’t Quit**

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,

When the road you’re trudging seems all up hill,

When the funds are low, and the debts are high,

And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,

When care is pressing you down a bit,

Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.

 ~

Life is queer with it’s twists and turns,

As everyone of us sometimes learns,

And many a failure turns about,

When he might have won had he stuck it out.

Don’t give up though…

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World Suicide Prevention Day – Monday, September 10th 2012

9 09 2012

Monday, September 10th, is World Suicide Prevention Day, for some it’s too late but for others let them know there’s always someone to talk to and that there’s a way out. xoxo
Remember, if you need someone to listen the LGBT Helpline,Gayswitchboard Dublin and Dublin Lesbian Line among many groups are there for you.
http://www.lgbt.ie/
http://www.gayswitchboard.ie/
http://www.dublinlesbianline.ie/

 

**Don’t Quit**

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,

When the road you’re trudging seems all up hill,

When the funds are low, and the debts are high,

And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,

When care is pressing you down a bit,

Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.

 ~

Life is queer with it’s twists and turns,

As everyone of us sometimes learns,

And many a failure turns about,

When he might have won had he stuck it out.

Don’t give up though the pace seems slow,

You may succeed with another blow.

~

Success is failure turned inside out,

The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,

And you never can tell how close you are,

It may be near when it seems so far,

So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit,

It’s when things seem worse,

That you must not quit.





More News from the 4th TGEU European Transgender Council!

7 09 2012
Minister Burton commits to further dialogue on Ireland’s gender recognition legislation
This morning at the opening ceremony of the 4th European Transgender Council, Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton TD committed to further dialogue on Ireland’s upcoming gender recognition legislation. She marked the dramatic shift in society’s attitudes towards women and LGBT diversity over the last 30 years, and marked the change in the principles of legislating for gender recognition that have taken place in the two years since the interdepartmental Gender Recognition Advisory Group was established. The Minister announced that a Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Social Protection and Education will examine the issue of gender recognition in October or November. The committee will be seeking feedback and opinions on the proposed legislation.

The three keynote speakers at the ceremony highlighted their commitment to dignity and respect for all identities, and all recognised the need for immediate action. Michael Farrell, senior solicitor at Free Legal Advice Centres, referenced Dr Lydia Foy’s long-standing struggle to be recognised in her true gender by the State. Dr Foy, who was present, received a standing ovation from the gathering of more than 200 human rights activists from across Europe and Turkey. Senator Katherine Zappone delivered a strident call to arms for our lawmakers to enact legislation that accords dignity and respect to all transgender identities.

TENI Director Broden Giambrone said, “This is a moment where we can and must influence the legislation to be the best that it can be. We need legislation that respects the diversity of our community, that does not pathologise us and does not tear our families apart. And we need it now.”

TGEU co-chair Maria Sundin said, “We are here to send a strong signal to Ireland but also to other policymakers that denying us our basic human rights in inacceptable. Ireland fails to meet its obligation to adapt legislation that recognises transgender identities in full respect of human rights.”

Giambrone concluded, “This is a watershed moment in Ireland. It is critical that we educate and energise the government to make this legislation a priority. Dr Foy and the trans community have been waiting for nineteen years for this. Now is the time.”

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

Contact TENI on (01) 873 3575 or email news@teni.ie

ABOUT TENI

Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI) seeks to improve conditions and advance the rights and equality of trans people and their families. TENI works in four main areas: support, education, advocacy and capacity building.
www.teni.ie





Delegates Protest Ministers Speech

7 09 2012

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Delegates of a transgender Human Rights conference protested during  Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton?s keynote speech this  morning.  Delegates stood holding placards saying ‘No Forced Divorce’,  ‘Not Good Enough’, ‘My Identity, My Right’, ‘Minister Burton Hurry Up’ as Minister Burton concluded her address to the 4th European  Transgender Council taking place in Dublin City University.

The protesters expressed anger and frustration at the ongoing delay  hindering the introduction of Gender Recognition Legislation in  Ireland.  Such legislation would facilitate trans people to have their  birth certificates amended to reflect their gender identity.  For the  past five years, Ireland has been in breach of its obligations under  the European Convention on Human Rights to introduce Gender  Recognition Legislation and is one of the only remaining countries in  the European Union without such legislation.

Noise Organiser Cat McIlroy criticised, ‘Current government proposals  would violate the dignity, autonomy and human rights of trans people.   Requiring individuals to be diagnosed with a mental disorder to access  a legal right is humiliating and degrading.  Also proposed is the  requirement that individuals not be married or civilly partnered, thus  forcing people to divorce or dissolve supportive relationships.  These  proposals would enshrine in legislation further shame, stigma and  discrimination of an already marginalised group.’

Noise welcomes Minister Burton’s promise to refer the proposals to the  Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Social Protection and Education for  further consultation with trans people and families.

Noise will be joining with trans activists and conference delegates at  a Rally for Recognition in response to Minister Burton’s speech at 7pm  tonight on the President’s Lawn in Dublin City University.

Noise calls on Minister Burton to ensure that the legislation respects  and upholds the dignity and human rights of trans people.

LGBT Noise
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News Just In:: MARRIAGE EQUALITY WELCOMES COMMITMENT TO GENDER RECOGNITION LEGISLATION

7 09 2012

MARRIAGE EQUALITY WELCOMES COMMITMENT TO GENDER RECOGNITION LEGISLATION

07.09.2012 – Dublin:  Today Marriage Equality welcomed a commitment by Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton to closely examine the issue of gender recognition for transgender people this autumn.  The minister was speaking at the opening of the 4th European Transgender Council in Dublin, hosted by the Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI).

Speaking from today’s launch, Marriage Equality Director Moninne Griffith welcomed the minister’s comments, but expressed reservations: “Although we are delighted to hear that Minister Burton intends to closely examine the issue of gender recognition, the proposed Gender Recognition Scheme published in July last year excludes candidates who are married or in a civil partnership.  This means that transgender individuals in loving marriages, civil partnerships and families could be forced to make the agonising choice between having their true gender recognised, or their relationship.”

“For these individuals, official recognition of their true gender will mean separation, divorce, and splitting up families.  No one should ever have to make that choice.  We are calling on the Government to begin the Constitutional Convention without delay, so that the issue of marriage equality can be addressed, and same sex couples and families can be protected equally under the law.”

Marriage Equality have worked with TENI to highlight the ways in which allowing same sex couples access to civil marriage would benefit couples and families in Ireland.  TENI had previously argued that the proposed Gender Recognition Scheme was contrary to a recent Council of Europe report dealing with gender recognition that encourages the separation of marriage from the legal recognition process.

“We have seen such amazing progress in the past few years on the issue of marriage equality,” added Ms Griffith. “In the case of transgender people, it is more important than ever that the marriage ban for same sex couples is removed without delay.  In modern Ireland, with 73% of the public in support of marriage equality, no one should be forced to choose between having their
true gender recognised, and their family.”

www.marriagequality.ie





Minister Joan Burton to address European human rights conference

7 09 2012

Minister Joan Burton to address European human rights conference

4th European Transgender Council – Dublin, 2012

Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton will open the 4th European Transgender Council at Dublin City University on 7 September 2012.

More than 200 human rights activists have travelled from across Europe and Turkey to meet in Dublin for the three-day conference. Messages of welcome have come from President Michael D. Higgins and the Lord Mayor of Dublin Naoise Ó Muirí.

The opening will highlight Ireland’s human rights record and discuss the lengthy struggle to recognise transgender people in this country. The Minister will deliver a keynote address at 10am. Other keynote speakers will be Michael Farrell, senior solicitor at FLAC and Senator Katherine Zappone.

“We are delighted that the Minister is part of this conference,” said TENI Director Broden Giambrone. “Gender recognition for transgender people is a basic human right, and Ireland – one of the last EU States to legislate – has an opportunity to lead Europe in drafting inclusive, marriage-friendly legislation. We are looking forward to hearing from the Minister.”

The Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton TD said: “I want to pay tribute to Dr Lydia Foy for her long and tenacious battle to have her true gender and identity recognised by the State and her human rights vindicated. As a result of the High Court’s ruling in Dr Foy’s case, the State now has an obligation to put a process in place to legally recognise the acquired gender of transgender people. I am very anxious to make progress on this matter; I want to ensure that transgender people will have legal recognition and to extend the protections of the equality legislation to them.”
I intend to request that the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Social Protection and Education examine the issue of gender recognition in October or November. I would like all groups with an interest in this area to engage with the Committee on this important issue, which will then assist my Department in drafting the legislation,” concluded the Minister.

It has been five years since Ireland was declared to be in breach of the EU Convention on Human Rights in this respect. The proposals for Ireland’s legislation would controversially force people to divorce before their true gender would be recognized. There is also a proposal forcing people to be diagnosed with a mental illness in order to gain recognition.

The conference is programmed by Transgender Europe and will feature their fourth biannual Council. It will be hosted in Ireland due to last year’s successful bid from Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI). TENI have worked in partnership with Dublin City University, whose research group EROSS (Expressions, Research, Orientations: Sexuality Studies) investigates sexual identities and gender role formation. Dr Mel Duffy from EROSS said, “This is not about individualism. This is about human rights and equality. This is about acceptance.”

The theme of the conference is Trans Rights Now! – Realizing Respect, Recognition and Equality

The conference details are as follows:

Dates

7-9 September 2012

Venue

The School of Nursing

Dublin City University

Collins Avenue

Dublin, 9

Photo Call: 9.45am Friday 7 September, The School of Nursing, DCU

Due to the sensitive nature of the event, photo opportunities will be restricted or by prior arrangement with TENI. There will be a photo opportunity, for press and television, with Minister Burton as she arrives at the venue at 9.45am.

FURTHER DETAILS

Please contact Dr Orlaith O’Sullivan, TENI Communications Officer on 087 2140488 for photography or interview arrangements.

Broden Giambrone is available for interview.

The TENI office is closed until Tuesday 11 September.

Transgender Equality Network Ireland, Carmichael Centre, Brunswick Street North, Dublin 7

(01) 8733 575. ● info@teni.iewww.teni.iefacebook.com/TransEqualitytwitter.com/TENl_Tweets

For details on DCU’s EROSS see: http://www.dcu.ie/eross/