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Irish President meets with trans activists at official residence

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  1. Sinead Harkin 14 Nov 2013, 1:56pm

    Good luck to them,I got out of Ireland soon as I could when I went to University.I felt I could not live my life the way I wanted in safety without verbal and physical abuse.I sometimes wish I was a brave strong warrior woman who could stand up and fight for other transexuals

    1. Is there anything more annoying than an emigrant whinong about their homeland, as if it was the homeland’s fault that they did not have the strength to stay.

      I’m pretty sure the trans community in Ireland have no need of you either.

      1. I have no problem with emigrants articulating their reasons for leaving, but I do find it quite annoying when people judge others critically without knowing all the facts.

      2. Sinead Harkin 14 Nov 2013, 5:36pm

        Your attitude is almost as bad as your spelling!

    2. Sinead, the world does not revolve around you. You somehow manage to bring every article back to you. Get over yourself.

  2. A useful step forward from Michael D., reminiscent of his predecessors’ gestures towards equality in other areas.

    And a great moment for TENI, FLAC and the other activists involved. Congratulations to those who must have worked so hard to bring this about.

    The failure of successive governments to act on numerous aspects of trans* equality has caused huge distress. But the President can’t do much. it’s up to the Oireachtas to sort this out. I hope – but without much confidence – that this will give the politicians the encouragement they need. If this fails, more legal cases may be required to force the timetable. No more delays, please.

  3. Rudehamster 15 Nov 2013, 8:02am

    Looking over from London, Michael Higgins has always rated very highly in my books. He’s a decent, honorable, interested and level-headed man, who takes no prisoners when it comes to fighting for equality.
    This is a huge step for Ireland and one I am sure he’ll make sure will count. If only some of our politicians would take note.

  4. James Campbell 30 Dec 2013, 6:36pm

    The irony of the situation which still impacts on the lives of trans people in Ireland, is that one of the primary activists (although she did not receive true acknowledgement of her role) is Irish. At the time of the Gender Recognition Bill being debated in the British parliament Claire McNab was a vice President of Press for Change.

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