Trans activists march to claim “Truth, Beauty and Strength”.

Up to 2,000 people took to the streets in Dublin on Saturday afternoon for the Trans Pride March.

Along the route, passing motorists honked their horns in support of those making their way from the Garden of Remembrance to the main stage near Merrion Square, where they were greeted with cheers from the crowd.

Lilith Ferreyra-Carroll, a high-profile activist and national community development officer for Transgender Equality Network Ireland (Teni), addressed the gathering and said the trans community came out to “assert our truth, beauty and strength in defiance to those who would try to pathologize, dehumanize and attack”.

“Our voices, our experiences, our needs take precedence over their fear, hatred and division,” she said.

“The dehumanization and demonization of our community that is being enabled right now emboldens those who physically assault us, who intimidate us and seek to devalue us. Trans women are women, trans men are men, and non-binary people are non-binary.”

She said Ireland has a “barbaric model of trans adult health care” that requires the trans community to undergo “hours of agonizing psychiatric evaluation that pathologizes us and forces us to disclose our porn habits, thoughts during oral sex and.” forcibly coming out to work and family to gain access to hormones and surgery.”

Protest organizer Ollie Belle also spoke at the march, urging people to stay away from national media talks, which she claimed were designed to “scare alarm”.

“I would tell people that the debates about bathrooms and child rearrangements have withered the conversation. These problems have been dealt with to death.

“We should start talking about trans healthcare in Ireland and the seriously high level of mental health problems in the trans community which have increased due to the transphobia debate.

“I would ask people to listen to trans people first and hear their personal stories and not those who don’t have personal experience on the subject.”

Last month in an interview with hot press, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said it was “extremely difficult” to be transgender in Ireland. He said “in terms of acceptance,” attitudes toward trans people are no different than they were toward gay men two decades ago. Trans activists march to claim “Truth, Beauty and Strength”.

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