What It's Like Being Transgender in the Emergency Room

Visiting a hospital emergency room for medical attention can make anyone feel vulnerable. But for transgender patients, the experience can be even more harrowing. Gaps in staff knowledge about transgender health contribute to patients’ uncertainty about receiving prejudice-free, competent care. That in turn leads to alarming statistics about the well-being of the transgender community.

Children with gender dysphoria no longer have to seek court approval to undergo surgery

The Family Court has decided it will no longer intervene in cases where children with gender dysphoria have the permission of their parents and treating doctors to undergo surgery.

The ruling has cleared the way for one teenager who is transitioning from female to male to undergo a double mastectomy as a treatment for gender dysphoria.

It also means parents who agree with the treatment will not be subject to the expense, stress and possible delay of going to court.

UCC Becomes First Irish College to Fly Transgender Pride Flag

As University College Cork (UCC) celebrates its annual Equality Week, it will become the first Irish university to fly the transgender pride flag.

UCC said that the decision was made to fly the flag as a mark of its commitment to the college’s transgender and non-binary students and staff.

Currently in the midst of finalising its new Gender Identity and Expression Policy, the college hopes that the introduction of this policy will further support transgender and non-binary staff and students

The decision to fly the transgender pride flag follows University College Dublin’s (UCD) announcement that it would re-purpose over 170 bathrooms as gender neutral. Announced as part of a range of sweeping changes, the college also announced that it would introduce transgender changing facilities and bring in a system that allowed students to change their name on official university documents without a gender recognition certificate.