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A week of progress for transgender rights across Asia

Hong Kong, Taiwan and India look set for important changes. It has been a week of changes for transgender individuals.

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22nd March 2014 10:18

Alessia Valenza

In Hong Kong, a 25-year-old pharmacology scholar from Colombia has become the first non-operative trans person to change the legal gender in the city.

Taipei is ahead of its Asian peers when it comes to trans rights. A study commissioned by the Ministry of Interior has recommended removing the biological gender and a gender identification number on the National Identification Card, according to Taiwanese reports today.

In India, a government-appointed committee has recommended that transgender individuals, or hijras, be declared the third gender and the government draft laws that protect transgender people from discrimination and violence, reports Gaylaxy.

Bangladesh and Nepal have already recognized hijras as the third gender.

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