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Transsexual people can amend official gender without surgery, South Korean court rules

Five transmen win a court case in Seoul to get gender officially recognized without needing a genital operations.

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28th March 2013 23:27

Alessia Valenza

A court in Seoul has ruled that transsexual South Koreans can amend their gender on official documents without having to go through genital-altering surgery, Korea Times reports.

Five transmen filed the case in a district court. One of the five said he had had a hysterectomy but felt that there are medical problems that arise from removing sex organs. He has been living as a man for 23 years.

The case will now be heard in the Supreme Court potentially changing the legal rights of trangender people in South Korea.