The term heteronormative is heard more and more in modern society, but what does it actually mean? Is it a ridiculous concept thought up by the youth of today or could it actually be a genuine affliction that our society suffers from? In a nutshell, heteronormativity is the implication that it is correct and normal to be cisgender or heterosexual.
It seems that many people who disagree with abortion being made legal in Ireland agree with Irish schools teaching abstinence-only sex education at both primary and secondary levels.
With Joan Burton’s recent gender recognition bill coming to force, the journey of a transgender citizen in Ireland has become much easier. People can now change their legal gender of their own accord without diagnosis from endocrinologists or psychiatrists. However the struggle for transgender citizens is still an uphill battle. There are reports of this issue existing in all cultures, even in animals. In spite of this the supports for people who need to transition in Ireland are sadly lacking according to experts. Ireland was the last country in the EU to legally recognise transgender people.