Ireland lets transgender people determine their own legal gender
In Ireland, a groundbreaking bill just passed, giving transgender people over 18 the right to determine their own legal gender without surgery or legal intervention. The bill will be signed into law by the end of July. It gives Ireland the distinction of the third European country to sign a similar law, after Denmark and Malta. In May, Ireland voted in a landslide decision to legalize same-sex marriage in the country.
Before now, Irish people had no legal method of changing their gender, so this is a huge victory for the trans community in the country. However, the bill has its limits: it requires that transgender people between the ages of 16 and 18 get parental permission, "medical observation," and a court order in order to change their gender, effectively excluding trans teens from all but the most liberal families from taking advantage of the law.