We are instructed by a trans women seeking to secure a gender recognition certificate without the need of obtaining medical evidence and a diagnosis of gender dysphoria. The matter was heard in December for two days and we expect judgment in early 2021.

Ciaran Moynagh, partner said: “She simply wishes to obtain a Gender Recognition Certificate to have her reality reflected on her birth certificate.

“She takes issue with the need for a medical report confirming she has gender dysphoria, given that the World Health Organisation no longer believes it is a disorder and the fact there is no medical expertise in Northern Ireland that can assist with the application process.”

Mr Moynagh added: “The lack of treatment, support and medical expertise in Northern Ireland that assists trans people in obtaining a GRC is a long-standing issue that the Government has acknowledged but taken no steps to resolve.