UK scholar urges Hong Kong government to delete transgender surgery requirement

lawprofessorscherpesTHE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — Zeroing in on what is becoming commonplace throughout Europe and elsewhere, a Cambridge University (UK) law professor lecturing in Hong Kong at a transgender conference argued the surgery requirement for trans legal status needs to be eliminated.

Dr. Jens M. Scherpe spoke at the conference he helped organize at the University of Hong Kong. He urged that the British model be followed when writing the legislation as it is compatible with existing HK law.

Scherpe believes Hong Kong is not quite on board the recognition of trans people and urges the government to begin to do so. Case in point from the source article — 77% respondents to a business survey did not know what “transgender” meant.


Asia isn’t exactly a hotbed of transgender equality even though they’re home to some of the strongest economies in the world. Gaining a foothold in Asia is necessary and more important, doable.

More on Scherpes’ presentation at the conference:  ‘Let people change sex without surgery’ | South China Morning Post.



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3 replies

  1. The Province of Ontario has scrapped the surgical requirement as well, but according to records, over half of initial applications are rejected. Personally, I’ve had mine rejected twice – so far.

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