Hong Kong officials defend city’s gender policy for IDs by citing emergency response needs in wake of 9/11 attacks

Officials have defended a controversial policy limiting gender status changes on Hong Kong identity cards to those who have undergone sex reassignment surgery, arguing there is a need to balance transgender rights against the difficulties faced by both the public and emergency response teams.“As 9/11 had taught us, emergency situations do sometimes occur,” Monica Carss-Frisk QC said, referring to the September 11 terrorist attacks on the United States and highlighting the potential requirement…


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