I May Be Forced to Get out of Ireland. Transgender Man Can't Earn Living Because Wedding Isn't Recognised
Byline: NAOMI McELROY
HEARTBROKEN businessman Nicholas Krivenko may be forced to leave Ireland - because he used to be a woman.
Nicholas, 32, has lived in Ireland for nine years.
And during that time he has brought thousands of euro worth of business into the country.
But because he was born as Nadia, the Irish Government refuses to recognise his marriage to German wife Sybille.
And without the official seal of approval, the loving couple are banned from applying for residency - or jobs in this country.
States Nicholas: "There's a very strong possibility we could have to leave the country.
"At the moment I can't get permanent work because the Irish State will not recognise my marriage. I can only be self-employed.
"I've spent all my savings, I lived off them for five years and I created lots of revenue for the country by exporting butter to Russia.
"But I can't get full legal status because the State won't recognise my marriage.
"That means I cannot enter the jobs market."
Nicholas, originally from Russia, met his wife 12 years ago - while he was still a woman.
He said: "We met in 1992 in Germany when I was studying in Hamburg.
"She was my German teacher, but since my German was already fairly good, she didn't have that much to do, so we spent the time talking."
Continued Nicholas: "She was actually the first person to tell me to go for the sex-change operation.
"I was watching a programme on television about transgender people and I remember her saying to me: 'I think you should go for that'.
"She never had a lesbian relationship before, neither did I, but she said there was just something unmistakably masculine about me."
Two years later Nadia had a sex-change operation at a private German clinic and began his new life as Nicholas.
The couple married five years ago at a civil ceremony in Limerick city.
Nicholas insists the registrar knew about his past before the ceremony.
He said: "Nowhere on the marriage form did it say 'Have you changed your sex'?
"But I gave the registrar my old birth certificate as a girl, my new one and a translation of them from Russian into English at the ceremony. …