Transgender marriage

Transgenders 'should not have to undergo sex change before getting married in Hong Kong'

Joanne Leung Wing-yan opposes a policy that requires transgender people to undergo a full sex-change before they are legally recognised. Photo: May Tse

A draft law which would force transgender people to undergo full sex-change surgery before marrying in their chosen gender is too “simplistic” and “restrictive”, the Equal Opportunities Commission says. 

Friday, 7 March, 2014, 9:05am 2 comments

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

Court ruling on transgender marriage raises hopes for other minorities

The 7th International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia Hong Kong Rally with the theme 'Born This Way', calling for the elimination of discrimination through love and tolerance. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Last week, the Court of Final Appeal ruled that it was unconstitutional for the government not to allow Ms "W", who was born biologically male but underwent surgery to become female, to marry her boyfriend. This ruling raises important issues for the courts, government and general public.

21 May 2013 - 4:15am

Lawyer Michael Vidler: rights hero pushing waves of change

Illustration: Lau Ka-kuen

After solicitor Michael Vidler skimmed through the top court's landmark ruling affirming the right of his client, a transsexual woman known as "W", to marry her fiancé, he summed up how the victory felt. It was, he said, like "taking a through-train to justice".

20 May 2013 - 11:28am 3 comments

Landmark ruling for transsexual echoes far and wide

BBC in Britain. Photos: Screenshots via news sites

Monday’s historic decision at the Court of Final Appeal - giving a transgender woman the right to marry her boyfriend - has been labelled “groundbreaking” and a “watershed ruling” by several foreign media outlets.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am