Ireland’s new Minister for Children, the already embattled Roderic O’Gorman has said he will push for children to be allowed to legally change their gender, either to the opposite of what they actually are or to one that exists in their head.
As part of the programme for government negotiated between Fianna Fail, Fine Gael and the Green Party it was already decided that it will be made easier for 16 and 17 year olds to change their gender by Minister O’Gorman has said arrangements for under 16s will also be reviewed.
It was recommended to the government by the review group headed by a transgender activist that children under 16 should be allowed to legally change their gender even if this is against the will and advice of their parents of their parents and begin “transitioning”.
Fine Gael’s own LGBT committee, which is headed by Tánaiste Leo Varadkar, has itself recommended that the Gender Recognition Act 2015 be changed to “allow for the recognition of a gender other than male or female in law” and to “permit children aged under 16 years of age to secure legal recognition of gender by removing the criterion relating to minimum age”.
Critics, however, have said that this is a gross violation of the rights of parents and guardians and that confused children will have legal recourse to make life altering decisions despite possible objections from parents and medical professionals.
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