CORK can lead the way in celebrating Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV) by being the first city in the republic to formally mark the day.
In a motion put forward by Lorna Bogue, the Green Party Councillor stated:
"This council recognises the contribution our transgender community makes to the city of Cork.
"However, Cork City Council notes that many within the Transgender Community still suffer discrimination and that visibility of the community is an important part of raising awareness and overcoming discrimination."
The motion goes on to call for Cork City Hall to be illuminated in the colours of the transgender flag on March 31, and to fly the flag over City Hall.
Whilst Cork City Council has in the past marked the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT) in May, Transgender Day of Visibility has never been formally celebrated in the republic.
Speaking on her motion, Councillor Bogue said: "The transgender community face hardships and roadblocks just to live their lives every day that we might not even know about.
"Access to healthcare is limited to one clinic in Dublin when it could easily be done locally, for example."
Speaking to, Cllr Bogue highlighted the negative ramifications of a centralised healthcare system for transgender individuals:
"Transgender people have to travel to St. Columcille's Hospital in Dublin to access HRT.
"This is problematic for a number of reasons, one of which is that people fall through the cracks with a centralised system.
"Waiting lists can be very long, with transgender people waiting up to 18 months to access treatment.
"I would like to see local endocrinology units offering HRT."
Regarding the motion to formally celebrate Transgender Day of Visibility Cllr Bogue said:
"Our transgender friends and colleagues play an important part in our lives and in our city, and it’s time we formally recognise that."
The motion will go before Cork City Council for a formal vote, likely in a December/January sitting of Councillors.