Ireland is considering the Gender Recognition Act 2013, which provides for the introduction of a Gender Recognition Register to collate self-declarations of gender from transgender individuals. The information contained on this register would then be used when new birth certificates are issued.
“Gender identity” refers to each person’s deeply felt internal and individual experience of gender, which may or may not correspond with the sex assigned at birth, including the personal sense of the body (which may involve, if freely chosen, modification of bodily appearance or function by medical, surgical or other means) and other expressions of gender, including dress, speech and mannerisms.
The Bill would grant all persons the right to:
(a) the recognition of their gender identity;
(b) the free development of their person according to their gender identity;
(c) have their recorded sex amended, along with changes in name or names and
image, in accordance with their own self-perceived gender identity