Being Transgender in Northern Ireland

Transgender and-non binary rights are also human rights.

Transgender and non-binary equality rights in Northern Ireland are still in the early stages.

Transgender people and non-binary people still do not have the same rights as other people in the UK and Ireland. Some transgender and non-binary people in Northern Ireland are still being affected by the lack of Marriage Equality in Northern Ireland.

An individual cannot apply for a Gender Recognition Certificate (GRC) if they are married, or in a civil partnership in Northern Ireland. They could apply for a Gender Recognition Certificate, if they are married or in a Civil Partnership if they lived elsewhere in the UK. It still takes at least 2 years to apply for a Gender Recognition Certificate in the UK. Getting a Gender Recognition Certificate ensures that a transgender person can apply for jobs and medical treatment, without having to disclose their transgender status, transgender people should not be discriminated against.

There is very little non-binary identification recognition available for non-binary people in Northern Ireland.

Why should transgender people have to find a specialist in Gender Identity, a doctor and a solicitor to fill in parts of the Gender Recognition application form? Why should transgender people have to go through an expensive and unnecessary process to be recognised for whom they really are? Why are any medical professionals required to apply for a GRC, when transgender and non-binary individuals should be able to self-identify their own genders?

Homosexuality was de-criminalised in Northern Ireland in 1982, we now need to stop discriminating against transgender and non-binary people, in 2018.

The volunteers of Trans Pride NI, are actively involved in transgender Support Groups in Northern Ireland. These groups have been invaluable in supporting and advocating for transgender rights in the NI community.

These groups include:

Gender Essence Support Services

Belfast Butterfly Club


Please feel free to contact us if you would like more information or to volunteer for Trans Pride NI (Belfast), to help raise awareness and celebrate the transgender community in Northern Ireland.


Male to female people cannot currently get free sperm storage on the NHS in Northern Ireland, although they may become infertile when they take cross sex hormones. This infringes on their human right to family life.

Some GPs in Northern Ireland still will not refer transgender patients to the Gender Identity Clinic at Brackenburn. Some GPs will also not complete the paperwork to allow transgender people to apply for Gender Identity Certificates.