Entry #1945: Right to change legal gender in Singapore

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IssueRight to change legal gender
StatusLegal, but requires surgery
Start DateJan 24, 1996
End Datenow
DescriptionGender reassignment surgeries are legal in Singapore, and in 1973 the government allowed patients to change their identity cards. This change implicitly recognized marriages that included an individual that had undergone surgery. However, later in 1990, such marriages were deemed illegal after a marriage between a woman and a transgender man (Lim Ying v Hiok Kian Ming Eric) was declared void by the High Court. In 1996, MP Abdullah Tarmugi made an announcement that individuals who have undergone surgery could marry someone of the opposite sex.
Reports (2)
  • Status is not correct "In Islam, change of gender is prohibited. No surgery require unless that person born with 2 parts (male & female) on the body."
  • Status is not correct "illegal"

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