Social Affairs

Sinéad Gibney: We can allow division to take hold, or we can listen with respect to trans voices

We need a mature, respectful and balanced discussion on the rights of trans people – one in which their needs are prioritised

A Dublin trans pride parade: If we want to get to a point where trans people enjoy the same rights and equality as everyone else in society, we need to bring the ‘everyone’ in that equation with us on the journey. Picture:

Sinéad Gibney is chief commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission

In recent times, controversies touching on aspects of the lives of transgender people have received significant media attention. Participation in sport, access to medical services for children, festival speaker line-ups, school policies for pronouns and newspaper opinion columns have all been highlighted.

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, the organisation that I lead, does not claim to have all the answers ...