'Hong Kong must start process to recognize acquired gender'

Published: July 28, 2013

Despite its preeminence as one of the banking hubs of the world, Hong Kong still lags behind when it comes to the rights of its transgender community, continuing to categorize gender identity disorder as a mental health condition.

According to Dr York Chow, chairman of the Equal Opportunities Commission, a significant number of transgenders face outright discrimination, loss of employment and other humiliations in their daily lives.
 
However, the Equal Opportunities Commission can address discrimination complaints from the victims only under the Disability Discrimination Ordinance since gender identity disorder is regarded as a mental health condition.
 
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