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Medics welcome new gender recognition laws for children but call for slow changes

Update 10am: Medics have welcomed new gender recognition laws for children but warn changes should be made slowly and carefully.

Under the recommended rule change it should be easier to officially switch from male to female and vice versa.

The laws will apply to all those under the age of 18 - however, they will still need parental permission.

Dr Donal O'Shea works in the Medical side of Transgender Care - he thinks the new laws are a big step forward but says patients need to proceed carefully.

He said: "The concern the medical profession have about the legislation would be that a gender recognition cert would allow somebody rapid access to hormone and surgical treatment.

[quote]If it is not done in a paced, slow manner it can lead to regret.[/quote]

Earlier: Process of gender recognition for under 18s being reviewed

The process of gender recognition for under 18s is being reviewed as part of the Gender Recognition Act.

A review of the act was commissioned by Minister for Social Protection, Regina Doherty.

Anyone 18 or over can currently have their gender recognised in law. Under proposed changes, children under 18 will be able to register the legal status of their gender with parental consent.

Carol-Anne O'Brien, Director of Advocacy at BeLongTo, says if the proposals are adopted, they will make Ireland a world-leader in the area of gender recognition.

She said:

[quote]Ireland will be one of the leading countries in the world. It is a really important step forward and we are really pleased that the minister has brought them (the proposals) forward.[/quote]

- Digital Desk