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Saturday, November 06, 2004
Sex Change Registry?



As a response to the recent decision not to allow the transsexual applicant to register a change of gender, the gomen may be taking the first step to study whether the the Births and Deaths Registration Act 1957 should be amended. BERNAMA reports that the Home MINIstry would be conducting a thorough study to determine whether the re-registration of the gender status of a person who had undergone sex change through an operation was necessary.
Justice Singham had this to say when he made his recent decision ::
"At the same time, although transsexual cannot be left in legal limbo, the remedy is elsewhere. Perhaps there is need for consideration whether it should be legislative measures regarding scientific and societal development...in future, it will have far reaching ramifications in matters of employment, pension and others."
. Of course there are many more aspects which would be affected by a person's reassigned legal sex.

The ball appears now to be at the feet of the gomen. But to expect this to be thrashed out soon would be expecting too much of the gomen. Even Japan has just approved a new law that enables transsexual people to change their legal sexes and this law has only just become effective this year. Among Asean countries, Singapore is in the forefront of sex reassignment surgery and has a law allowing change of legal sex and recently has also recently recognized the right of transsexuals to marry in their reassigned sex.

One can find a fairly good account of the legal aspects of transsexualism by clicking here, laws regarding change of legal sex varies from country to country. Are we ready for this? For those curious or interested in the knowing SRS or sexual reassignment surgery, try clicking here. There is even a handbook on the topic of sex change :: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Sex Change [but was afraid to ask].




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