Hong Kong’s Court of Final Appeal sides with transgender activist Henry Tse


Hong Kong’s Court of Final Appeal sided with transgender activists Henry Tse and another appellant identified as “Q,” in a landmark case that will strike down a policy previously barring transgender individuals from changing their gender on their Hong Kong ID without undergoing full sex-reassignment surgery. The judge ruled that the policy violated privacy rights and unduly burdened transgender individuals who would have to incur the cost and pain of undergoing a highly invasive and unwanted procedure in order to avoid problems caused by a wrong gender identifier on their ID. While pleased, Tse and partnering organizations like Transgender Equality Hong Kong celebrated the ruling as a small victory in the long fight for transgender equality, calling on the Hong Kong government to pass a full gender recognition law. Read more about the ruling at Reuters.


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