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Draft law to define who is transgender is expected to provoke debate

Full sex change surgery would be required for legal recognition.

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3rd March 2014 01:56

Alessia Valenza | ILGA Asia

The government is poised to stoke a public debate on whether transgender people unwilling to undergo full sex-change surgery should have the same rights as "post-operative" transsexuals.

On Friday, the Security Bureau published a bill to amend the city’s marriage ordinance – the first concrete action taken since last year’s landmark Court of Final Appeal ruling granted a male-to-female transgender person known only as W the right to wed her boyfriend.

If passed, the bill would enshrine in law a pre-existing government policy that transgender people must undergo surgery to remove their genitals and construct new ones before they can qualify for legal recognition of their sex reassignment.

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