Crunch day in Ireland

Just two months after the massive referendum victory for same-sex marriage, the Republic of Ireland is on the brink of another step forward in LGBT rights.

Today the Seanad debates the final stages of a gender recognition bill that will allow transgender people to gain legal recognition. Unlike similar laws in several other countries the decision is in the hands of the transgender person themselves, not subject to specific medical requirements or at the whim of individual doctors.

As it stands the bill will extend such rights to citizens ages 16 up, with separate discussions ongoing about how to treat trans young people with respect as well.

We look forward to the UK catching up.