State must attempt to enact realistic transgender laws – Leslie Sherlock

Opinion: The advisory group offends when it refers to transgender people as “lonely’ and ‘passive’, writes Leslie Sherlock

The Gender Recognition Advisory Group recently presented a long-awaited report to Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton outlining recommendations for a scheme to allow transgender people to apply for legal recognition in the form of gender change on their birth certificates.

As an educator on transgender issues, I was naively optimistic when the group called for submissions.