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Transsexual people can amend official gender without surgery, South Korean court rules

Transsexual people can amend official gender without surgery, South Korean court rules

A court in Seoul has ruled that transsexual South Koreans can amend their gender on official documents without having to go through genital-altering surgery, Korea Times reports.

Five transmen filed the case in a district court. One of the five said he had had a hysterectomy but felt that there are medical problems that arise from removing sex organs. He has been living as a man for 23 years.

The case will now be heard in the Supreme Court potentially changing the legal rights of trangender people in South Korea.

There are only a few countries that legally allow transgender people to change their gender on official documents without undergoing sex organ surgery, including the UK.

Trans women experience some visibility in South Korea, for example popstar Harisu has enjoyed a successful career and been openly trans and a trans model was featured on TV show Korea’s Next Top Model last year.

But a commissioned TV talkshow XY That Girl that planned to discuss transgender issues every week was axed after the first episode due to protest from social conservatives.