Letters to the Editor, June 1, 2013

Joseph Estrada is proclaimed mayor-elect. Photo: AP

Colonial-era institutions' lustre fades

Saturday, 1 June, 2013, 1:36am

Transsexual ruling poses no conflict

A transsexual woman, known in the Court of Final Appeal as "W" under anonymity rules, won a groundbreaking court appeal in Hong Kong allowing her to marry her boyfriend and forcing the government to re-write the city's marriage laws. In photo is Michael Vidler, "W"'s lawyer. Photo: AFP

I refer to Edward Choi's letter ("Ruling on transsexual raises issues about family and marriage", May 20).

24 May 2013 - 5:21am

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

Concept of family so important

A transsexual woman won a groundbreaking court appeal in Hong Kong allowing her to marry her boyfriend and forcing the government to re-write the city's marriage laws. Photo shows her lawyer Michael Vidler. Photo: AFP

The Court of Final Appeal case of W v Registrar of Marriages made headlines in Hong Kong and around the world ("Transsexual granted right to wed", May 14).

While clarifying the situation for transsexuals may be positive, I am concerned that the court has gone too far in potentially changing the definition of marriage and weakening the concept of family.

20 May 2013 - 1:51am 2 comments

New laws needed to protect rights of all Hong Kong's transsexuals

New laws needed to protect rights of all Hong Kong's transsexuals

Sally is a young Hong Kong Chinese woman. She is bright, attractive, likeable - and transsexual. Born with a male anatomy, she has been identifying as female for as long as she can remember. She is gender dysphoric - deeply unhappy about being regarded by others as male, and about having a male body. Puberty was a really difficult time for her.

17 May 2013 - 3:17am 1 comment

Sex-change bride says court victory is God's will as Christian group stays cautious

Choi Chi-sum is cautious about the ruling. Photo: Wan Kam-yan

A transsexual who plans to marry her boyfriend in church after winning a legal battle on Monday said yesterday her victory was an answer from God that she "did not choose a wrong path".

15 May 2013 - 7:37am 5 comments

Transsexual marriage ruling opens door to questions of inheritance

Dr Karen Lee Man-yee

A new twist could be thrown into the controversy over male-line inheritance rights in the New Territories by the court ruling allowing a transsexual to marry. This is just one area likely to be affected by the new definition of "woman" to cover male-to- female transsexuals, legal experts said yesterday.

14 May 2013 - 10:10am 1 comment

Mainland homosexuals take lead in asking for fair deal

Michael Vidler, lawyer of Madam W, speaks to media outside Court of Final Appeal in Central after the court ruled that transsexuals have the right to get married. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

On the day when a Hong Kong transsexual won the right to marry as a woman, New Zealand had already become the first Asia-Pacific country to legalise same-sex marriage.

14 May 2013 - 3:28am

Finally I can marry my boyfriend: Transsexual plans wedding after landmark court victory

Michael Vidler, the solicitor for transsexual "W", speaks to the media outside the Court of Final Appeal after the ruling. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

Legal experts said the victory by the litigant, known only as W, redefined the meaning of the word "woman" in the Hong Kong marriage system.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Doubts cast on place of transsexuals in gender-specific laws

David Pannick QC. Photo: Edward Wong

It was inaccurate for lawyers of a transsexual woman to suggest she was recognised as a woman under many gender-specific laws, government lawyers told the top court yesterday.

17 Apr 2013 - 3:55am

Transsexual in top court bid to marry her boyfriend

David Pannick QC. Photo: Edward Wong

A transsexual woman who twice lost her court bid for the right to marry her boyfriend took her battle to the Court of Final Appeal yesterday.

Lawyers for the woman, 37, who has had a government-subsidised sex-change operation, said that by not recognising her new gender, the government in effect denied her the right to marry anyone - man or woman.

16 Apr 2013 - 4:38am