Founder and present chairperson
梁詠恩 Joanne Leung
Joanne is the founder and chairperson of Transgender Resource Center as well as the former chairperson of Pink Alliance, two active non-governmental organizations that aim to serve the LGBT community and promote LGBT equality. She is a public figure in the LGBT movement devoted to supporting works in the community as well as advocacy for LGBT rights in Hong Kong and Mainland China which has received numerous honors.
In 2012, noticing that the health care system in Hong Kong is lacking knowledge on HIV/AIDS in the transgender community, Joanne started the first transgender HIV/AIDS programme in Hong Kong. She has also been featured as one of the "45 People Aged 45 or Below Making a Difference in Hong Kong" by Baccarat Magazine in 2012. In 2013, Joanne became a committee member of the Advisory Group on Eliminating Discrimination against Sexual Minorities under the government body. In 2 years time together with other committee members, Joanne worked out an advisory report and offered many thoughtful opinions to the government regarding LGBT and sexual minorities issues which has been implemented now. In 2014, Joanne has introduced the Pink Dot initiated from Singapore to Hong Kong, which is one of the most anticipated and biggest LGBTI+ events in Hong Kong attracting over ten thousands people to participate every year while she was the vice chair of Pink Alliance. She also spoke twice as the Hong Kong delegation in UN CEDAW committee meeting in this year to raise the issues of transgender in Hong Kong. Later, she joined the Hong Kong Democratic Party as the first transgender politician in Hong Kong, participated in the 2016 pre-election of the Hong Kong Legislative Council with the highest support ranking in the public opinion survey within the Democratic Party. She has also received the "She Dare to Change” award in 2014 from the HER Fund.
In 2016, she founded a project named TransChina which aimed to bring trans people's voice in China via tour public speaking and online videos to boost public awareness of transgender people in China. She also received the Annual LGBT Milestone Awards in the same year. In 2017, the U.S. Consulate Hong Kong and Macau selected Joanne as the nominee for the Secretary's International Women of Courage Award honoring women who have demonstrated exceptional courage, strength, and leadership in acting to improve others' lives. In 2018 she has received the Prism Award from HKLGFF to honour people with enormous impact in advancing LGBT rights in Hong Kong. She is currently taking lead on advocating Gender Recognition Ordinance (GRO), Marriage Equality and Anti-Discrimination Ordinance for the protection of sexual minorities in Hong Kong.
The aim of Transgender Resource Center
Transgender Resource Center (TGR), is founded on 1 July 2008. We are committed to promote the awareness of transgender population and related service in Hong Kong and mainland China. Begin with education, we provide information and resources to the public and to the transgender community. This helps our society to have a better understanding of transgender issues, and allow transgender people to get proper assistance.
Before TGR was registered as a society, we have always been actively involved in sharing our experience about gender issues in universities of Hong Kong. Until now, we have organized and participated in nearly three hundred seminars and workshops. We also participated in interviews on radio, television, magazines, newspapers and other media and presenting a positive transgender identity in public. We have always been in close contact and cooperation with the the government, the health sector, legal institutions, counseling team, Christian organizations and other services.
TGR’s work is mainly divided into three parts: community service, public education and research. We hold a monthly gathering, so that transgender people have adequate space to help and care for each other. This is also a space for transgender friendly people to have means to reach out and support our groups.
- The longest NGO supporting Transgender in Hong Kong
- Specialized for the Trans community
- Run by and run for Trans people
- Leading the Trans movement
- Having the majority contact with the Trans community off Internet
- Deliver almost 300 talks in colleges all over Hong Kong and Mainland China
- Wide coverage of thematic issues: medical, legal, equal opportunity, health, psychology, life issue, and employment.
- Advocate for LGBT equality in Hong Kong and Mainland China
- Monthly Gathering
- Peer Support Group
- Parents Group
- Counseling Service
- Hotline Service
- Online Outreach
- Legal Projects
- HIV/AIDS Prevention & Education
- Media Interview
- College and Organization Sharing
- Organize Seminar
- Equal Opportunity in Workplace
- Transgender Library
- Transgender Radio Program
- Domestic Violence
Universities and secondary schools that participated in our seminar:
- The University of Hong Kong, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, City University of Hong Kong, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong Baptist University, Lingnan University, Hong Kong Shue Yan University, The Open University of Hong Kong, The Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education, Caritas Institute of Higher Education and ELCHK Lutheran Secondary School
Organizations that participated in our seminar:
- Breakthrough- Human Library
- Caritas Youth and Community Service
- The Boys' & Girls' Clubs Association of Hong Kong
- Divinity School of Chung Chi College
- Lutheran Theological Seminary
- Student Christina Movement
- Hong Kong Christian Institute
- Nu Tong Xue She
- Women Coalition of HKSAR
- The Association for the Advancement of Feminism
- Guang Zhou Gay and Lesbian Association in China
- Shen Zhen Mei Hua Cun Bookstore
TGR Office/Counseling Room Address:
Due to lack of resource and workforce, we have decided to close down our physical center. Our work will be focus more on advocacy and research as well as limited online support to the community.