Grant Civil Rights to Transgender People


Target:President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins

Goal: Create fair and transparent law that grants transgender people civil rights

A new bill that was passed in Ireland fails to grant the transgender community their civil rights. Their genders will not be recognized unless they have a medical operation, nor will they be allowed to marry. This is a gross injustice of the law and it must be changed. Tell President Michael D. Higgins to craft a new law that will grant these civil rights to all transgender people.

The current law discriminates against those who are transgender. Adults who wish to change their gender cannot marry until the procedure is done. And to acknowledge the gender change, the individual needs to present a medical certification. If transgender people are married or in a civil partnership, they must divorce before they are allowed to change their gender. In Ireland the partners must be separated for five years before the divorce will be finalized. This is an enormous amount of time to spend away from a loved one, and it is unfair that this requirement must be met for someone to change their gender.

It is also unfair for a transgender person to have a medical procedure or evaluation to be eligible for a gender change. A doctor or other medical practictioneer must conduct a psychological evaluation of the individual to receive the medical certificate. For minors that are age 16 or 17, they must obtain a court order for their gender to be legally recognized.

While the new bill has granted more civil rights for the transgender community, the legislation doesn’t cover the full spectrum of civil rights. You can force change to happen by signing this petition and implore President Michael D. Higgins to craft a law that grants the transgender community their civil rights.


President Michael D. Higgins,

Having the chance to change one’s identity is a human right, one that I am imploring Ireland’s government to recognize. While your newest law grants the transgender community the ability to change their gender, they must jump through hoops to do so. Minors cannot change their gender unless they obtain a court order. Transgender individuals who are married must be divorced before they can legally change their gender. These requirements hinder these individuals from acquiring a legal sex change, and it is absolutely unfair.

I am writing this letter imploring you to craft a law that removes these restrictions. Transgender individuals should not have to receive a medical evaluation or a court order to change their gender. By raising these barriers Ireland is unfairly targeting transgender individuals and violating their human rights.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: The Irish Labor Party via Wikimedia Commons

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