We have seen many times over the years how transgender travelers who do not go through due diligence prior to international travel can sometimes end up in hot water. Or worse.
This story is one example of what can happen, and how bad it can be. In actuality Eliana’s story could have been much worse – she could have been deported to her hostile home country, or she could have been imprisoned or committed to a mental facility indefinitely. However, what’s happened to her – becoming a stateless refugee – is arguably not a serious improvement.
Moreover, this article really emphasizes to us that traveling without having your gender marker changed on your passport is rolling the dice on whether you have a safe and happy trip – or not.
Transgender woman’s nightmare in Hong Kong – CNN.com.
In an incredible reversal of their official policy, Taiwan’s Ministry of the Interior agreed to validate the marriage of two transwomen, Abbygail Wu and her partner Jiyi Wu. Taiwan does not recognize same-sex marriage, so Jiyi registered as still being male, while Abbygail registered as female. However, action is planned for September to recognize same-sex marriage, provided legislators agree. I have no idea how that will fall out – Taiwan is a curious mix of conservatism and liberalism, so I think it’s impossible to predict.
Taiwan Upholds Transgender Marriage In ‘Benchmark’ Ruling After Couple Has License Revoked.
I have to say, this is an unusual situation – we begin the story with two persons originally of male gender. One of them transitions to female gender, and they apply for marriage – and the marriage is granted. Then the other half of the couple transitions to female, and now we have two transwomen who are married – until the government steps in, and decides that *now* they can no longer be married. Good grief, they’re the same people who loved each other – let them have their marriage!
DPP and MOI clash over transgender marriage – The China Post.