Supporting Transgender, Gender Non Conforming, Gender Queer, Bisexual, Pansexual, Lesbian and Gay Folks of all colors, ethnicities and nationalities by addressing the issues forcing all of us into marginalized minorities.
The following could happen in the United States and it is a most curious thought. There are some states in the United States that will not change the gender on a Transgender person's birth certificate even if the person has had gender confirmation surgery. In most cases, gender markers on driver's licenses can be changed. Social security records are changed. After surgery, the individual for all intents and purposes can live the life they were meant to live even when the government imposes its silly rules and regulations.
The irony is that a post - operative Transgender person would be allowed to have a same sex marriage in these, oh so conservative, states and nations.
I just love it when backwoods, conservative states and nations are left with pie on their face.
Hong Kong transgender woman fights marriage ban
By GILLIAN WONG (AP) – 1 day ago
HONG KONG — A Hong Kong court began reviewing Monday a government decision to bar a transgender woman from marrying her male partner in the first such case to be heard in the city's legal system, the woman's lawyer said.
The woman, a local resident in her 20s who can be only identified as "W" under court order, was born male but underwent sex-change surgery over the past five years but was prevented from marrying her boyfriend by Hong Kong's marriage registry, her lawyer Michael Vidler said.
"She is a woman and she should be entitled to the same rights as a woman," Vidler said by phone.
The case underscores the uncertainty of marriage law when it comes to people who have changed their biological gender in the socially conservative ethnic Chinese community.
Vidler said authorities have acknowledged W's new gender in other respects: her hormone therapy and sex change surgery were paid for by the government, and she has obtained a new identity card and school certificates stating she is female.
But when she tried to marry a man last year, her application was refused because her birth certificate, which cannot be changed, still states she is male and Hong Kong bans same-sex marriage.
The Hong Kong High Court's review of the marriage registry's decision was set for two days starting Monday.
"We're not trying to change the law and we don't see this case as affecting or requiring changes to any law," Vidler said. "We just want her to be seen as a woman and treated as a woman."
Transgender marriage is permitted in many European countries and some U.S. states. In Asia, countries that allow it include Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and mainland China, according to Prof. Sam Winter at the University of Hong Kong, who studies transgender issues.
"On sexual matters, Hong Kong is a fairly conservative society. In this case, the government clearly takes the view that W is a man, and it is afraid stiff of opening the door to same-sex marriage," Winter said. "But W is a woman and should be regarded as a woman and should be given the rights of a woman to a heterosexual marriage."
The government's position effectively means that W, though anatomically a woman, can only be allowed to marry another woman, Winter said. "That is a fairly delicious irony that comes out of the government's policy."
Copyright © 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved
Jamiegottagun commented on "Thailand's Distorted View Of Transgender People": Thai's probably aren't as accepting as they've been made out to be: check.
Few things in this world are as they have been made out to be.
However, you endanger your own credibility when you make such sweeping statements as you did in your introduction of this story, but provide only the opinion of one movie director, quoted in one story.
And to trash an entire philosophy, Buddhism, based on the actions of a few, is hardly fair, or can be taken as serious news reporting.
If you want to run, what tries to appear to be a transgender news service, then to be taken seriously, you might want to start learning about acceptable practices and ethics in journalism.