- 05 Jul 18
Dublin is set to host its first ever Trans Pride Parade later this month in a move that will bring the celebration of Pride back to its grassroots.
The theme for the parade is ‘Bodily Autonomy’, and while it has been picked as a slight nod to the victory of the Repeal movement, its main aim is to highlight the issue of trans people not being granted control over their own bodies.
For instance, in Ireland, trans people can not request a legal change of gender until the age of sixteen under the Gender Recognition Bill. There is a two-year waiting list to visit an endocrinologist - the only method for a person to receive HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy). Access to appropriate hormones can be expensive and virtually inaccessible for younger people living with unaccepting families. Due to a lack of gender-neutral bathrooms in many places across Ireland, trans people risk experiencing issues with harassment when entering their restroom of choice.
Marching from the steps of Liberty Hall towards Fairview Park on the 28th of July, the parade is expected to have over a thousand people participating.