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Hong Kong amends requirements for trans people to change gender marker on identity cards

In Hong Kong, the government revised the Hong Kong ID cards sex entry policy to allow transgender individuals who have not completed full sex reassignment surgery to apply to change the gender marker on their identity cards.

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The Hong Kong government revised the Hong Kong ID cards sex entry policy to allow transgender individuals who have not completed full sex reassignment surgery to apply to change the gender marker on their identity cards.

In the past, the government required transgender people to undergo full sex-reassignment surgery before they were allowed to apply for an amendment to the gender marker on their Hong Kong ID cards. But in February 2023, the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal ruled that this requirement was unconstitutional, stating that requiring transgender people to undergo an invasive surgical intervention went too far because it may not be medically necessary.

Various countries have various requirements for legal gender recognition – e.g. in Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Colombia and Ecuador, transgender people are allowed to change their gender based on their self-determination.

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