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HONG KONG PARLIAMENT TO DEBATE TRANSGENDER RIGHTS

in HONG KONG, 08/03/2014

Hong Kong’s transgender people could soon have the right to marry their partners and get gender recognition without having to undergo reassignment surgery.

Lawmakers in Hong Kong are set to debate a Bill that would allow transgender people who don’t want to undertake gender reassignment surgery to have the same rights as post operative transgender people.

The Bill follows a ruling last year in the Court of Final Appeal which ruled in favour of a trans woman who wanted to marry her boyfriend.

Kaspar Wan, a 35-year-old transgender man, told the South China Morning Post, “I have heard of many cases of botched surgeries in Hong Kong. But despite the risks, transgender people feel pressured to get the surgery anyway. It amounts to forced sterilisation.”

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