Hong Kong starts to embrace transgender issues

Kaspar Wan, 34, had sexual realignment surgery. Photo: Nora Tam

"I didn't feel trapped in the wrong body, but mismatched - my inner self was somehow mismatched with my outer body," says Kaspar Wan as he happily poses for photos in a park near his home.

Tuesday, 25 June, 2013, 9:32am

Double standard on Hong Kong human rights

Lai Changxing was deported to China after a lengthy extradition battle and diplomatic negotiations between Canada and China.

Last month marked an important moment in Hong Kong's human rights history: a transsexual woman won her appeal at the Court of Final Appeal. I welcome such a brave decision and look forward to more liberal decisions in future.

16 Jun 2013 - 2:25am

Concerned about court's decision

Reporters crowd around a speakerphone as they listen to the transgender woman, identified only as W, after she won a legal ruling at Hong Kong's top court allowing her to marry. Photo: AP

Your editorial refers to the Court of Final Appeal's verdict that Hong Kong's marriage laws are unconstitutional, because they bar transsexuals from marrying. Before offending a majority or a minority, this legal decision offends human nature itself, a human nature shared by the majority and minorities.

22 May 2013 - 2:53am 1 comment

What's being said on

York Chow Yat-ngok, chairman of the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) and Raymond Chan Chi-chuen at the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia 2013 Hong Kong Rally ceremony in Causeway Bay. Photo: Edward Wong

On transsexual in Hong Kong being granted right to get married:

Michael Anthony Phillips - The oh-so-religious, who have very little concept of human rights in an instance like this, will have a field day with this one!

Mike Brooks - Now we just need breakthroughs on pollution, housing, education, arts, alfresco dining, heritage, etc.

15 May 2013 - 3:06am

A step toward protecting the rights of sexual minorities

Michael Vidler, solicitor of the appellant, holds the judgment in his hand outside Court of Final Appeal. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Hong Kong has made a small but welcome step in protecting the rights of sexual minorities. In a landmark ruling yesterday, the city's top court ruled in favour of a man-to-woman transexual who was banned from marrying her boyfriend by the government. While the case is not about same-sex marriage, it does raise a valid question.

14 May 2013 - 2:57am

Concern over retirement of Hong Kong sex-change surgeon

Dr Albert Yuen

The only doctor who can carry out sex-change operations in Hong Kong public hospitals is due to retire in two years, triggering concern that patients who want life-altering surgery may be left in limbo.

14 Apr 2013 - 6:02am 1 comment

Sex change patients getting younger, and are more likely to be women

Dr Albert Yuen of Ruttonjee Hospital is the only sex reassignment surgeon for Hong Kong's public hospitals. Photo: Dale de la Rey

Transsexuals in Hong Kong are now seeking gender-changing surgery at a much earlier age than two decades ago, and those coming forward are more likely to be women seeking to become men.

6 Jan 2013 - 4:06am 1 comment

Don't neglect transsexuals in talks on discrimination law, say activists

Mimi Wong says transsexuals are often forgotten. Photo: Thomas Yau

Legislation banning prejudice against sexual minorities should not neglect the unique needs of transsexuals, activists say.

There has been a growing clamour this year for a law banning discrimination based on sexual orientation. It reached a peak when lawmakers voted down a motion last month, calling for public consultation on the issue.

30 Dec 2012 - 4:55am 1 comment

After losing family, transsexual activist pushes for rights

After losing family, transsexual activist pushes for rights

Mimi Wong, 58, is a transsexual who has been lobbying for a sexual minorities law that would include transgender people. Born male, Wong was once married to a woman and has a son; now she is unemployed, after working in IT for a major bank in Hong Kong for 30 years.

5 Dec 2012 - 3:05pm 1 comment