Big news for Irish transsexuals….

A transsexual has won the right to have her Inter and Leaving Certificates [basically, high school diplomas] amended to reflect her new name. The woman who was registered at birth as male and suffers from Gender Identity Disorder changed her name by deed poll. For employment purposes she wanted her state examination certificates to reflect the gender with which she identifies.

The State Examinations Commission originally refused, however after she brought a complaint of discrimination under the Equal Status Act the case was settled.

Niall Crowley CEO of the Equality Authority said the case reflected an important breakthrough.

(Article here.)

Hopefully, this will be the first step that leads eventually to legislative reform allowing Irish transsexuals to change their birth certificates.

I serve on the committee of an organization, the Transgender Equality Network of Ireland (TENI), that has been working with Niall Crowley and others to advance trans rights in Ireland.

On that note, wish me luck, Shakers. For the first time today, I gave a quote to a reporter as a TENI spokesperson, praising this decision. In doing so, I identified myself as a female-to-male transsexual.

The article is due to appear in tomorrow’s print edition of the Irish Independent. Which, it turns out, is Ireland’s best-selling daily newspaper. (I thought it was the second largest until I just checked on Wikipedia.) My workplace subscribes and there are always several copies laying around the office. I don’t know what sort of prominence or lack-of this article will be given, but I may have outed myself to everyone in my conservative, banking workplace.

I could’ve left my identity uncertain…and just said I was a TENI spokesperson. It’s not unusual in Ireland for non-LGBT people to work on LGBT issues. But I decided to come out, both to make a point to the reporter that I wasn’t ashamed or afraid. And to let him know that FtM’s exist.

I’m a bit nervous…On the other hand, as one co-worker who knows about me said, it’s possible I won’t even know if people read the article or not. The gossip may just race around the office behind my back without anyone saying a word to me.



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13 responses to “Big news for Irish transsexuals….

  1. Melissa McEwan

    You don’t need luck, Brynn. You need respect–and so I wish you all the respect you rightfully deserve.

    And have well earned besides.


  2. Allie

    You are so brave. Thank you for being on the front lines. It is the courage of folks like you that moves mountains in this world. Mountains.

  3. Kate217

    Wow, Brynn, I really admire you. I hope that only good comes of this. 🙂

  4. PortlyDyke

    Brynn — I applaud your courage and support your action.

    I came out as a dyke in a two-part article in my local newspaper in Oregon in 198 — I was working for the government, and raising kids at the time.

    I was thrilled and terrified, all at once. The day the article actually came out, I actually had the thought “How can I drive all over town and buy every copy, from every drop-box, of this rag before anyone reads it?!?”

    It was the best (and possibly the scariest) thing I ever did. Coming out has been a long process for me, but that was the step that “sealed it” for me. There was no going back.

    Congratulations! Mazel Tov! May your act uplift you and all those around you!

  5. PortlyDyke

    OK– just checking comments — that’s 1988 , not 198 — I’m not THAT old!

  6. Rowan Crisp

    You’ll be magnificent, Brynn. Break a leg. (Just not literally, please.)

  7. When I worked at the Veterans Administration, I began my job there as an out transsexual. Everyone was nice to my face — never heard a bad word.

    My coworker Coral told me everyone talked about me, and were constantly asking her if I were a man or a woman–meaning I looked ambiguously between sexes.

    My Comment — ask a close coworker what they’re saying about your status as an F2M in a few weeks. In my case, the comments were almost all curiousity based, and not derogatory. I had an opportunity to function as an educational tool as an out M2F.

  8. Teddi

    Wow, how very strong you are. I hope things go well for all of your effort. T

  9. Alpha Dog

    I`m personally very delighted about this as I`ve planned to do the very same thing and the fact that this amendment has been made is certainly a big step forward.


    F2M and proud.:)

  10. Jewel

    Bravo and best wishes, Brynn.

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