In South Korea five transgendered individuals won a landmark court case in Seoul to get officially gender recognized without the use of gender altering surgery.
Korea Times reports that a court in Seoul has ruled that transgendered South Koreans can amend their gender on official documents without having to go through genital-altering surgery.
Five transgender people filed the case in a district court. One of the five, a transgender 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.
Recently, a TV talkshow in South Korea called "XY That Girl" that was commissioned to discuss transgender issues every week was axed after the first episode due to protest from mainly Christian conservatives in the country.