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Japanese trans man told that son is illegitimate

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  1. Hodge Podge 12 Jan 2010, 5:14pm

    This would seen to have implications for infertile people generally, as well as trans people. Or is it just a law about trans people?

  2. Pumpkin Pie 12 Jan 2010, 5:21pm

    Good question. Somehow, I’m guessing it’s just the latter. :P

    Someone will have to correct me if I’m wrong, but Japan always seemed to me to be a double-edged sword for minority rights. They don’t tend to treat things such as homosexuality with same sort of stigma some Western countries do, but at the same time, they lack a certain sort of respect. People like this trans man just get seen as complainers: he’s free to live how he wants, but the government can still treat him like it wants and it doesn’t understand why that’s wrong.

    Could be wrong, though. Just an outsider’s perspective.

  3. Wow, talk about not having common sense. What’s the point of passing a law allowing people to be recognized by the gender they transitioned to and then turn around and claim they cannot have children with someone of the same sex? Seems rather irrational to me.

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