Ireland could act as a model European state for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex rights if it chose to according to a top international human rights activist.

Mary Lawlor, a director of Dublin-based Frontline Defenders, made the claim at a major conference.

Speaking at the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association’s European conference in Dublin, she also urged the Government to provide gender recognition for transgender individuals in Ireland.

The Irish Times reports that the Dublin event is the largest LGBTI conference in Europe and 235 participants from 42 countries are taking part.

Lawlor told the paper: “If Ireland chose it could be a model for Europe.

“Obviously political will is very important in all of this and certainly great strides have been made - however I think it’s always the case where any group is marginalised you have to fight apathy.

“Transgender people are people who are multiply discriminated against in every way and I would urge the Government to bring in legislation and make sure their rights are provided for.”

Gender recognition legislation has not yet been passed in Ireland.


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