Today there was some brilliant news – the Irish Gender Recognition Bill is now in effect. Here’s the news from the Transgender Equality Network of Ireland (TENI).
However, this news forces me into a conundrum. Do I change my documents now, and if so, do I declare myself Male for the sake of having a better matching gender identity to Female, or do I wait until the Irish government recognises non-binary gender, and thus an X gender marker?
I cannot STAND seeing my old name on my documents, and I want to get it changed once and for all. I also hate seeing F on my documents. But will seeing M be any better?
I have three options:
- Change my name and leave the gender marker as F.
- Change my name and change my gender marker to M.
- Don’t change my name until the gender marker X is available.
Each time I think about this, my head gets really overloaded and I have to think about something else. I’ve asked for some advice from TENI and from LGBT Noise, another trans-positive group in Ireland that has been campaigning for non-binary recognition, and I’m hoping that there will be some advice forthcoming. Or not. Perhaps no-one knows what to do at this point about non-binary gender. I know that there will be a review of the bill in 2 years time, but I can’t wait that long.