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March 16, 2014

Hong Kong recognizes the first non-op trans woman, while Taiwan and India look set for important changes

It has been a week of changes for transgender individuals.

In Hong Kong, a 25-year-old pharmacology scholar from Colombia has become the first non-operative trans person to change the legal gender in the city.

With the help of the UN Refugee Agency, Eliana Rubashkyn secured a gender-free temporary permit from the HK Immigration Department and permission from a hospital to be admitted to the female ward, reports Apple Daily.

December 24, 2013

Hater says A-mei once contracted sexual disease and is a dirty aborigine, insinuating she has also been taken over by a vile spirit

Even as 20,000 showed up at Taiwanese gay diva A-mei Chang hui-mei’s concert for gay marriage in Taipei Sunday night, homophobes upped their attacks on the Internet.

A Facebook user called Hsieh De-ching was especially nasty against the multi-time Rainbow Ambassador for Taipei Pride, making repeated sexual and racial slurs.

December 8, 2013

The Taiwanese kid wants to let cancer patients wear a wig made from his hair

‘People should help others whenever they can.’

It was this belief that drove Lucas Lee, then only a first-grader, to start keeping his hair uncut five years ago, when his mother said selling his soft and smooth hair could help other children undergoing chemotherapy, Apple Daily reports.

April 8, 2012

A pre-op MTF transgender in Hong Kong is going to sue a narcotics school for delaying her operation by 10 years

A pre-op MTF transgender in Hong Kong is going to sue a Christian narcotics school for contributing to the delay of her gender reassignment operation by a decade.

The 24-year-old who identified herself only as ‘C’ was forced by her parents in 2002 to enter Christian Zheng Sheng College, according to local tabloid Apple Daily.