所謂Gender X，可稱為第三性或中性，在歐美國家略有不同標準，現時有澳洲、新西蘭、印度、尼泊爾及德國公開認受Gender X。德國暫時界定有男性及女性特徵的初生嬰兒，可在出生紙上填上X。但澳洲政府則容許任何年齡的公民，除了填寫出生時被確定的性別外，亦可憑自我認定去選擇性別，只要有醫生證明，毋須強制接受任何外科手術，亦可登記為X。至於香港，法律及醫學層面只發展至認同有「性別認同障礙」的患者，如有需要，經評估後可接受絕對的變性手術，但「心理性別」這層面就從無涉獵。
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by Joanna Chiu
The government is poised to stoke a public debate on whether transgender people unwilling to undergo full sex-change surgery should have the same rights as “post-operative” transsexuals.
On Friday, the Security Bureau published a bill to amend the city’s marriage ordinance – the first concrete action taken since last year’s landmark Court of Final Appeal ruling granted a male-to-female transgender person known only as W the right to wed her boyfriend.
If passed, the bill would enshrine in law a pre-existing government policy that transgender people must undergo surgery to remove their genitals and construct new ones before they can qualify for legal recognition of their sex reassignment.
“I am surprised they are doing this, because it flies in the face of indications by the city’s highest court as to how the matter should be dealt with,” said Michael Vidler, lawyer for W.
“The judgment made it clear that Hong Kong’s policies should be reviewed with an aim to comply with international human-rights standards, and to use the British Gender Recognition Act as a model,” he said. Britain does not require surgery and in 2004 set up a panel of legal and medical experts to hear applications and grant legal recognition on a case-by-case basis.
W’s ability to marry her boyfriend would not be affected by the proposed law because she underwent full sex-reassignment surgery in 2008. Others, however, are reluctant to undergo such invasive surgery.
“I have heard of many cases of botched surgeries in Hong Kong. But despite the risks, transgender people feel pressured to get the surgery anyway,” said Kaspar Wan, a 35-year-old transgender man. “It amounts to forced sterilisation.”
The Court of Final Appeal had expressed concern that using surgery as a basis for recognition might produce an “undesirable coercive effect on persons who would not otherwise be inclined to undergo the surgery”.
The judgment described Britain’s system as a “compelling model” for Hong Kong.
But a Security Bureau spokesman said the bill was in accordance with court orders because the judgment had “left open the question of whether transsexual persons who have undergone less extensive treatment might also qualify in law to be entitled to be included as a person in the reassigned sex”.
Ahead of a Legislative Council debate on March 19, lawmaker Dr Priscilla Leung Mei-fun said she supported the bill. “Hong Kong is not a Western society and should not follow Britain’s model, as this would lead to social chaos,” she said.
Raymond Chan Chi-chuen of People Power said: “The bill is so restrictive that I’m concerned it would create more problems than it would solve.”
Lawmaker Charles Mok said the government should draft a comprehensive gender-recognition ordinance.
by Lana Lam
It’s all about love, no matter what your sexual orientation – that’s what the gay and lesbian founders of new group Double Happiness say motivated them to lobby the government for recognition of their nuptials that were carried out overseas.
As the global debate continues on same-sex marriages, civil partnerships and the way countries recognise each other’s marital laws, the group holds its launch party today in Central.
“It’s a good time to get the momentum going,” said Hongkonger and Canadian passport holder, Guy Ho, 52.
Ho, an IT consultant, married his partner Henry Lam, 36, in 2011 in Canada and both are calling on the government to recognise their marriage.
The couple have joined forces with another same-sex couple, French expatriate Betty Grisoni, 43, and Singaporean Abby Lee, 41, to form the group, which they say is the first solely dedicated to advocating the recognition of overseas nuptials in Hong Kong.
The city does not allow same-sex marriages and also does not recognise same-sex marriages carried out in other countries such as Canada.
Grisoni said she knew of same-sex couples who had decided not to move to Hong Kong for work because their spouse would not be recognised as their legal partner.
She met Lee 15 years ago in Singapore and they had a commitment ceremony in Sydney in 2002. The couple would like to be able to marry at the French consulate in Hong Kong after France legalised same-sex marriages last May.
“It’s not about wanting something special or extra. It is about love and commitment and we just want what everyone else has,” Grisoni said.
Ho believes mainstream Hong Kong society is ready to accept same-sex marriages and that it also extends to other basic civil rights.
“We are not second-class citizens,” he said, pointing out that same-sex couples who have married overseas cannot access insurance coverage for their spouse. Another example related to hospital visits, as same-sex partners can be denied access during visiting hours because they are not deemed to be family.