By Suzanne Pender
THE Trans flag will fly over Carlow Town Hall for the first time this Sunday, in what’s been described as “an historic day for Carlow.”
The flag will mark Trans Remembrance Day, which takes place on Sunday 20 November, serving as an opportunity to remember and memorialise members of the trans community who were victims of transphobic violence.
It comes at the end of Transgender Awareness Week, which is celebrated from 13-19 November 1.
People Before Profit’s cllr Adrienne Wallace described the flag flying as an “historic day for Carlow”.
“At the October Carlow Municipal District (MD), my motion was passed that calls on Carlow MD to fly the transgender flag in solidarity with the trans community,” she said.
“In recent times we have witnessed rural Ireland embrace and support the LGBTQ+ community. This is another important milestone for the trans community in Carlow to feel included and supported in their home county,” she added.
However, cllr Wallace stated that members of the trans community are “still in the midst of a national healthcare emergency” and pointed to the “collapse” in adolescent trans healthcare since January and the fact that there no replacement services have yet been established.
“Adding to this, a freedom of information request supplied to Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI) shows the waiting list for the adult National Gender Service (NGS) has increased this year by 126 patients to 790 people by August, potentially resulting in patients waiting up to ten years to be seen,” said cllr Wallace.
“So, although we fly the trans flag to remember the dead, we also have to recognise there is still a long way to go in terms of equal access to healthcare for the trans community in Ireland,” she concluded.