A court in Seoul has ruled that transsexual South Koreans can amend their gender on official documents without having to go through genital-altering surgery, Korea Times reports.
Five transsexual people filed the case in a district court. One of the five, a trans man, said he had had a hysterectomy but felt that there are medical problems that arise from removing sex organs. He has been living as a man for 23 years.
There are only a few countries that legally allow transgender people to change their gender on official documents without undergoing sex organ surgery, including the UK.
Trans women experience some visibility in South Korea, for example popstar Harisu has enjoyed a successful career and been openly trans and a trans model was featured on TV show Korea's Next Top Model last year.
But a commissioned TV talkshow XY That Girl that planned to discuss transgender issues every week was axed after the first episode due to protest from social conservatives.
source: Gay Star News