This Is Me, a transgender healthcare campaign, are hosting a rally outside Leinster House on Kildare Street in Dublin on Sunday, 22 September at 2pm to protest the state of transgender and non-binary healthcare in Ireland.
Activists and allies will take to the streets to demand safe, accessible, best practice, person centred healthcare for all transgender/non-binary people in Ireland.
Trans healthcare in Ireland
The first community-led protest to demand change to the trans healthcare system in Ireland was held in January 2018. Since then, This Is Me say that the services provided to trans and non-binary people have gotten worse.
Some of the issues include increased waiting lists for Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), with an increase in refusals for HRT and HRT shortages, no surgeons who can provide ‘top surgery’ or gender affirmation surgery, and increased psychiatric assessment requirements providing a barrier to accessing treatment and care.
The waiting list to see a consultant can also be as long as three years.
What the protesters are asking for
The protesters are calling on the Government to provide safe, accessible, best practice, person centred healthcare for all trans and non-binary people in Ireland.
Their demands include:
- Introduce an informed consent model
- Offer mental health supports, not psychiatric barriers
- Decrease waiting lists
- Surgery/procedure providers in our own country
- Trust not doubt
How to join the Truth about Trans Healthcare rally
If you want to take part in the rally, to call for improved services for yourself or to show your support to trans and non-binary people in Ireland, you can join the protest on Sunday, 22 September at 2pm outside Leinster House on Kildare Street, Dublin 2.
There will be a small number of speakers who will share their experience of the trans healthcare system in Ireland under the theme of “The Truth About Trans Healthcare”.
Banners, signs, flags and chants are encouraged.