Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights

Taiwan’s First Transgender Man to Change His Legal Gender Without Providing Proof of Surgery

Yesterday, Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights plaintiff Nemo finally received his official court decision letter from the Taipei High Administrative Court, who ruled in favor of Nemo’s administrative appeal case on May 30 to allow him to change his gender without providing proof of surgery. Since the Xinyi District Household Registration Office decided not to appeal the Taipei High Administrative Court’s decision, Nemo immediately rushed to Xinyi Household Registration Office with his aunt, Mimi, immediately after receiving his court decision letter and successfully changed his legal gender marker from female to male...

Kaohsiung High Administrative Court Rules Against Compulsory Surgery

Yesterday afternoon at 4:00 PM, the Kaohsiung High Administrative Court (KHAC) ruled in favor of a transgender woman’s administrative appeal case to change her legal gender without providing proof of sexual organ removal surgery. This ruling comes after the Supreme Administrative Court (SAC) ruled last September that the KHAC’s original ruling for plaintiff Xiao Na (小那, pseudonym) on May 25, 2021 was null, and that the KHAC re-hear Xiao Na’s case. Today’s KHAC ruling is the third successful administrative appeal case of transgender plaintiffs in Taiwan seeking to change their legal gender without undergoing proof of surgery. The content of the KHAC’s ruling this afternoon shows how legal consensus around abolishing compulsory surgery is becoming taken for granted in Taiwan in recent years...

High Administrative Court Rules Again Against Surgery Requirement for Legal Gender Change

This morning at 10:30 AM, the Taipei High Administrative Court ruled in favor of a transgender man’s administrative appeal case to change his legal gender without providing proof of sexual organ removal surgery. The plaintiff, known by the pseudonym of Nemo, was represented by the Taiwan Alliance for Civil Partnership Rights and is likely to become the first transgender man in Taiwan to change his legal gender to male without undergoing compulsory sterilization surgery...

Global Solidarity Protest for Russia’s LGBT+ Community Held in Taipei

Yesterday afternoon, on the first day of Russia’s presidential election, civil society groups hosted a solidarity protest for Russia’s LGBT+ community outside of the Moscow-Taipei Coordination Commission on Economic and Cultural Cooperation’s office in Taipei. The protest, organized by the Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights, was part of All Out’s “Global Speak Out for the Russian LGBT+ Community” campaign, which included coordinated protests in ten other countries across the world...

Supreme Administrative Court Rules Against Compulsory Surgery For Changing Legal Gender

On September 21, 2023, the Supreme Administrative Court of the Judicial Yuan nullified the Kaohsiung High Administrative Court's ruling on a transgender woman’s legal gender change appeal and ordered a rehearing. With regards to Ministry of Interior executive order #0970066240, which requires people assigned male at birth to surgically remove their penis and testis and people assigned female at birth to remove their breasts, uterus, and ovaries in order to change their legal gender, the SAC’s decision clearly states that this rule “seriously infringes upon bodily rights, medical rights, human dignity, and right of personality”. Multiple transgender rights organizations, such as the Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights and Taiwan Non-binary Queer Sluts, have celebrated the ruling...

Lisbeth Wu Case Sent Back to Taipei High Administrative Court

This past Friday, the Constitutional Court of the Judicial Yuan decided not to move forward with a constitutional interpretation for Lisbeth Wu’s case regarding regulations requiring proof of surgery to change one’s legal gender. The specific regulation under scrutiny is Ministry of Interior executive order #0970066240, which requires people assigned male at birth to surgically remove their penis and testis and people assigned female at birth to remove their breasts, uterus, and ovaries in order to change their legal gender. Over the past few days, people following Taiwan’s trans rights movement have attempted to make sense of the Constitutional Court’s decision to send Wu’s case back to the Taipei High Administrative Court...

The Struggle for Transgender Rights Continues With Taiwan’s First Legal Gender Change Without Providing Proof of Surgery

A variety of events happened this past week with regards to the ongoing struggle for transgender rights in Taiwan, including Taiwan’s first successful legal gender change without submitting proof of surgery, Lisbeth Wu’s second preliminary proceedings, and the Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights' second Transgender Film Festival. These gains for transgender rights have not gone unchallenged though, as the past two months have also included increasing opposition...

LGBTQ+ Groups Celebrate Ruling Against Surgery Requirement for Legal Gender Change

This morning at 10:00 AM the Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights hosted a press conference regarding yesterday afternoon’s Taipei High Administrative Court ruling against regulations requiring proof of surgical intervention to change one’s legal gender. The historic ruling in favor of plaintiff Xiao E found existing legal gender change regulations to be unconstitutional. Assuming that this ruling does not get appealed, Xiao E will be able to change her legal gender and become Taiwan’s first transgender woman to do so without submitting proof of surgery...