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As Normal as PossibleNegotiating Sexuality and Gender in Mainland China and Hong Kong$
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Ching Yau

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9789622099876

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622099876.001.0001

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GID in Hong Kong: A Critical Overview of Medical Treatments for Transsexual Patients

GID in Hong Kong: A Critical Overview of Medical Treatments for Transsexual Patients

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(p.75) 4 GID in Hong Kong: A Critical Overview of Medical Treatments for Transsexual Patients
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As Normal as Possible
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Eleanor Cheung

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789622099876.003.0005

This chapter briefly discusses Gender Identity Disorder (GID), the Standards of Care advocated by Harry Benjamin, and the treatment transsexual patients have been receiving in Hong Kong since 1986. It also describes whether or not GID should be regarded as a mental illness, and the recommendations for the future. It specifically explores and critiques the various ways in which the institutionalization of a gender identity spectrum has been recently taking shape in Hong Kong. As one of the first academic studies of this silenced topic in Hong Kong, it is significant not only as an account studying the history of contemporary transsexuality but also as a powerful political critique of Hong Kong's specifically modern regulatory apparatus of (inter and trans)sexuality.

Keywords:   Gender Identity Disorder, Hong Kong, Standards of Care, Harry Benjamin, transsexual patients, mental illness, treatment

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