We received two enquiries through our official Whatsapp today. One of them was a pleasant and enjoyable conversation that we will keep in touch in the future. The other one was about the process for gender change on BNO. The enquirer learned about the service from our YouTube video, and thus reached us to know more related details.
We explained to them that we have to know the person for at least a year (according to the BNO application requirement), in which we meet face to face, before we may issue the letter for gender change on BNO. Therefore, we are not able to provide the service for the time being. So instead, we suggested seeking assistance from professionals listed on our website.
Unfortunately the enquirer was not satisfied with our reply and got back with insolent comments about our service. The contact was finally blocked for the sake of smooth and sound operation of our Whatsapp channel.
We would like to clarify that the free services we provide are in fact self-funded, meaning that they are not “free of cost”. Since we are no longer sponsored, our financial condition is turning shaky. Moreover, we did experience aggravation caused by some of our ex-volunteers, leading to a halt of many actual services.
Still, TGR has a mission to stand for and to be the support for the transgender group. However, we would like to see no abuse of our effort and devotion. We will allocate our cherished resources for the ones in need. We reserve the right to reject any service abusers.
跨性別資源中心主席梁詠恩 (Joanne Leung) 接受了一個非常棒的博客「我生命中的女英雄」的訪問，該博客的創始人莫妮卡·科瓦爾斯卡 (Monika Kowalska)到現時已採訪了 550 多位擁有美麗、智慧與愛的跨性別女性。
The founder of TGR, Joanne Leung has been featured in a great blog "The Heroines of My Life" that interviewed over 550 transgender women that radiate with wisdom, beauty, intelligence and love by the founder Monika Kowalska.
跨性別資源中心創辦人兼主席Joanne Leung梁詠恩非常榮幸獲ACL 2021 Queer in AI Social邀請為活動主講。
The founder and chairperson or Transgender Resource Center Joanne Leung has been proudly being invited as the keynote speakers in ACL 2021 Queer in AI Social.
活動詳情請參閱官方網頁 Detail information available at the official website https://sites.google.com/view/queer-in-ai//acl-2021
Our founder and chairperson Joanne Leung has been proudly being invited as one of the keynote speakers in the ShhOUT event, the conference theme is "LGBTQ Advocacy in the Workplace" to be held on June 16, 2021. Detail information available at the official website https://humanresourcesmag.asia/shhout/
Excluded lives: The largest-scale survey on the social and legal marginalization of transgender people in Hong Kong so far
In the lead-up to the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (upcoming on 17th May 2021), the latest survey of 234 transgender people in Hong Kong between 2019 and 2020, the largest survey on the population in Hong Kong so far, has been released on 12th May 2021.
The survey conducted by the Sexualities Research Programme of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, in collaboration with the Transgender Resource Center, found that:
Rejection, victimisation and discrimination were the rule rather than the exception in many transgender people’s lives in Hong Kong. 76% of the respondents reported facing rejection in different dimensions of social life in their lifetime. 62% of the respondents reported having experienced different forms of victimisation in their lifetime. 51.1% of the respondents reported facing discrimination in at least one of the following four domains in the previous year: Employment (34.8%), education (34.8%), provision of goods and services (36.9%) and disposal and management of premises (26.2%).
Transgender people in Hong Kong reported great difficulties in using a toilet which matches their self-identified gender, or even simply accessing toilets in public spaces. Worse still, when using the toilet, transgender people in Hong Kong were subjected to verbal assault, physical violence, or even sexual contact against their wishes.
A substantial proportion of the respondents had not undergone, were not sure or did not want to undergo gender-affirming medical interventions because of a variety of reasons, which means they were excluded from being eligible for a change of the sex entry on the identity card sex entry based on the current regulations set out by the Hong Kong government. Only 5.6% of the respondents had changed the on their identity card, and another 6% said they were in the process of doing so. 75% agreed that the government should recognise non-binary gender options.
All of such social and legal marginalisation took a toll on the transgender people’s mental health in Hong Kong. 42.8% of the respondents showed moderate-to-severe levels of depressive symptoms, and 34.7% showed moderate-to-severe levels of anxiety symptoms. Besides, 31.2% of the respondents reported non-suicidal self-injurious behaviour in the past 12 months. There were 76.9% of them contemplated suicide, 25.6% made a suicide plan, and 12.8% attempted suicide in their lifetime. However, transgender people displayed agency and one-third of them took action to resist when facing transgender-related discrimination/cisgenderism.
Chinese News Coverage:
2. 東方： 研究指近8成受訪跨性別人士有自殺念頭 倡設性別身份反歧視法
4. 立場新聞： 研究指近 8 成跨性別人士有自殺念頭 促政府訂性別承認法、反歧視法
5. 眾新聞： 跨性別平權W案後無寸進 中大調查：51%受訪者面對歧視
6. HK01: 調查發現近八成跨性別人士曾想過自殺 學者促跟進性別承認法
7. 頭條新聞：中大調查發現 逾半跨性別人士曾遭歧視
8. AM730: 八成跨性別港人想過自殺 專家倡精神健康支援
10. 香港商報： 中大調查：本港近八成跨性別受訪者表示曾遭歧視
English News coverage:
11. RTHK News: Transgender people face broad discrimination: survey
12. SCMP: Three-quarters of transgender people in Hong Kong have considered suicide, Chinese University survey reveals
13. Hong Kong Free Press: Half of transgender people in Hong Kong face discrimination, CUHK research shows
14. The Standard: Half of transgenders face discrimination: survey
Live radio programme current affairs:
15. RTHK Hong Kong Today (13 May):
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