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Petitioning Taiwanese Authority

Stop forced surgery to change sex in Taiwan. 強烈要求台灣政府廢除「變更性別需手術」之規定.

In Taiwan you must pay for sex reassignment surgery at your own expense, the operation fees are expensive, and not everyone can afford it. Moreover, the surgery has risks. But Taiwan nonetheless requires that one complete the surgery to change their gender. After transsexuals have started hormone therapy, their bodies start to have physical characteristics of both sexes, but those who don't have money for surgery won't be able to change their legal gender, and can only let their bodies remain in a state of unclear sex. In fact, sex and gender are far more complex and diverse than what we think. We cannot let surgery decide our gender.

The law should not limit only those who have had surgery to change their gender, it should be evaluated on the individual's gender identity and gender role. Surgery is merely something that changes the outer appearance of the genitals, and not the general appearance of the person. Because a person's appearance isn't changed, surgery does not help much in changing the individual's gender role. In addition, requiring intersex people to have surgery to change gender does not make much sense.

Surgery strips away one's original reproductive ability, it can only create a new external appearance, and not a new reproductive ability. No one's reproductive rights should be deprived.

We call on the Taiwanese government to acknowledge transsexual and intersex rights, emulating other countries in formulating a friendly law, to turn Taiwan into an environment friendly toward sexual minority groups.

InterSex, transgender and TransSexual people CARE association (ISTScare)
http://facebook.com/beyondgender

Standards and recommendations of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health. (WPATH):"No person should have to undergo surgery or accept sterilization as a condition of identity recognition." ( http://www.wpath.org/announcements_detail.cfm?pk_announcement=18 )

Countries that allow gender change without surgery: USA, Spain, Hetherlands, Sweden, Hungary, Finland, Portugal, South Africa, Australia, UK.

 

在台灣需要自費做性別重建手術,手術費用昂貴,並非每個人都能負擔的起,再說手術也有風險,但台灣卻規定必須要在手術完成以後才能變更性別。變性人在開始賀爾蒙療程後,身體就同時具有雙性的生理特徵,但是沒錢做手術的人,將無法變更性別,只能讓身體一直處於性別不明的狀態。其實性別遠比我們所想像的還要複雜多元,手術並沒有辦法當作區分性別的有效界限。

法令不應限制手術才能變更性別,應由當事人的性別認同、性別角色來評估。手術僅能改變生殖器外觀,並無法改變一個人的外貌,而因為外貌沒改變,所以手術對當事人的性別角色幫助不大。再說要求陰陽人要動手術才能變更性別,也沒有太大意義。

手術會剝奪原生生殖能力,更何況手術只能建立外表,無法創造新的生殖能力,任何人的生育權都不應被剝奪。

我們呼籲台灣政府應該正視變性人與陰陽人的權益,並向其他國家看齊,訂定一個友善的法令,使得台灣成為一個對性別少數族群友善的環境。

性別不明關懷協會
InterSex, transgender and TransSexual people CARE association (ISTS care)
http://facebook.com/beyondgender

世界跨性別健康專業協會(World Professional Association for Transgender Health, WPATH)認為,更改性別不需要手術。 ( http://www.wpath.org/announcements_detail.cfm?pk_announcement=18 )

目前不需手術即可更改性別的國家:美國、西班牙、荷蘭、瑞典、匈牙利、芬蘭、葡萄牙、南非、澳洲、英國。

Letter to
Taiwanese Authority
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Taiwanese Govenment.

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In Taiwan you must pay for sex reassignment surgery at your own expense, the operation fees are expensive, and not everyone can afford it. Moreover, the surgery has risks. But Taiwan nonetheless requires that one complete the surgery to change their gender. After transsexuals have started hormone therapy, their bodies start to have physical characteristics of both sexes, but those who don't have money for surgery won't be able to change their legal gender, and can only let their bodies remain in a state of unclear sex. In fact, sex and gender are far more complex and diverse than what we think. We cannot let surgery decide our gender.

The law should not limit only those who have had surgery to change their gender, it should be evaluated on the individual's gender identity and gender role. Surgery is merely something that changes the outer appearance of the genitals, and not the general appearance of the person. Because a person's appearance isn't changed, surgery does not help much in changing the individual's gender role. In addition, requiring intersex people to have surgery to change gender does not make much sense.

Surgery strips away one's original reproductive ability, it can only create a new external appearance, and not a new reproductive ability. No one's reproductive rights should be deprived.

We call on the Taiwanese government to acknowledge transsexual and intersex rights, emulating other countries in formulating a friendly law, to turn Taiwan into an environment friendly toward sexual minority groups.

InterSex, transgender and TransSexual people CARE association (ISTScare)
http://facebook.com/beyondgender

Standards and recommendations of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health. (WPATH):"No person should have to undergo surgery or accept sterilization as a condition of identity recognition." ( http://www.wpath.org/announcements_detail.cfm?pk_announcement=18 )

Countries that allow gender change without surgery: USA, Spain, Hetherlands, Sweden, Hungary, Finland, Portugal, South Africa, Australia, UK.



在台灣需要自費做性別重建手術,手術費用昂貴,並非每個人都能負擔的起,再說手術也有風險,但台灣卻規定必須要在手術完成以後才能變更性別。變性人在開始賀爾蒙療程後,身體就同時具有雙性的生理特徵,但是沒錢做手術的人,將無法變更性別,只能讓身體一直處於性別不明的狀態。其實性別遠比我們所想像的還要複雜多元,手術並沒有辦法當作區分性別的有效界限。

法令不應限制手術才能變更性別,應由當事人的性別認同、性別角色來評估。手術僅能改變生殖器外觀,並無法改變一個人的外貌,而因為外貌沒改變,所以手術對當事人的性別角色幫助不大。再說要求陰陽人要動手術才能變更性別,也沒有太大意義。

手術會剝奪原生生殖能力,更何況手術只能建立外表,無法創造新的生殖能力,任何人的生育權都不應被剝奪。

我們呼籲台灣政府應該正視變性人與陰陽人的權益,並向其他國家看齊,訂定一個友善的法令,使得台灣成為一個對性別少數族群友善的環境。

性別不明關懷協會
InterSex, transgender and TransSexual people CARE association (ISTS care)
http://facebook.com/beyondgender

世界跨性別健康專業協會(World Professional Association for Transgender Health, WPATH)認為,更改性別不需要手術。 ( http://www.wpath.org/announcements_detail.cfm?pk_announcement=18 )

目前不需手術即可更改性別的國家:美國、西班牙、荷蘭、瑞典、匈牙利、芬蘭、葡萄牙、南非、澳洲、英國。
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Sincerely,