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

Eleanor Cheung

in As Normal as Possible

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9789622099876
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882206625 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789622099876.003.0005
GID in Hong Kong: A Critical Overview of Medical Treatments for Transsexual Patients

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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

Chapter.  4522 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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