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NTU’s Female Dormitory
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NTU’s Ex- Dean of Student Affairs “transfers transgender students to dormitories of their genders”: Shall not sit and watch Xiao Yu suffer from living in the male dormitory

Yan Fong admitted that during her service as the Dean of Student Affairs (from Aug. 2005 to Jul. 2012) she “secretly” helped several trans students transfer to the dormitories of their self-identified genders. She also said that beside the submittance of medical reports of gender dysphoria, these students’ parents and roommates were acknowledged.

NTNU’s Swimming Pool Female Changing Room and Restrooms
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【Gender Equality in the University】After event of female swimming pool changing room, NTNU’s principal reveals whole progress

According to NTNU’s principal, Zheng-Ji Wu, around 3-4 years ago, a NTNU’s trans-identified male staff went to the female swimming pool changing room at the campus. The staff was reported to the police by an off-campus swimmer. After the discussion of NTNU’s Gender Equality Committee, the staff was allowed to use female’s changing rooms and restrooms. From then on, the old bathrooms and restrooms were modified into a more gender-friendly environment.

CGU’s Female Dormitory
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Transgender student sparks dorm row 

(TAPCPR’s Lawsuit) In 2017, a trans woman, Yu-Hsun Wu, applied to live in the female dormitory at Chang Gung University (CGU). After a negotiation between Wu and the university, the independent room in a unisex dormitory was offered to Wu in order to save him from the uncomfortable feelings of living with male classmates. When Wu said that he was not used to this place, the university advised him to live in a new gender-friendly dormitory built next to the female dormitory. However, Wu and TAPCPR deemed this arrangement as a type of gender separation.

The Judgement TAPCPR’s Declaration

Female Hot Spring on the Jin Mountain
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Cross-dressing male in female hot spring on Jin Mountain! When suspected, “he” replies in this way

On 13 Apr. 2018, it was said that a man broke into “Nanping Public Bathroom” of the female hot spring on the Jin Mountain in New Taipei City. According to one female guest, the person had long hair, flat chest, and masculine face. When she saw this person’s penis, she asked him to leave. However, the man repudiated that “don’t refer to me as a man” and left in haste.

Female Restroom of Taipei’s Startup Company
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Company fined NT$300,000 for gender discrimination because of its rejection to trans interviewee’s requirement for female restroom

(TAPCPR’s Lawsuit) In 2019, Ms. Yang, a trans woman, joined a job interview held by a startup company. During the interview, Yang mentioned her need for using female restroom whereas the interviewer did not make a promise for that. On 9 May, the company informed Yang that other female colleagues would use the female restroom only if she was absent. Thus, the company suggested Yang use the accessible restroom. Though the company did not hire Yang, it was fined NT$300,000 for gender discrimination.

The Judgement

Uniforms
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Only if you wear our male uniform! A beauty company fined NT$300,000 for its rejection to trans interviewee

In Aug. 2020, a trans woman, Chang, joined a job interview held by Tung Fang Mei Company (TFM). Chang applied for beauty product salesperson which would have many body contacts with customers. For example, Chang would have to smear the product over customers’ face and neck. Also, when providing personal beauty service, Chang would have to touch customers’ head, hands, neck, shoulders, upper back, and breasts. After the interview, TFM told Chang: “We can discuss more details if you are willing to wear our male uniform. If you insist on wearing a female uniform, we have no choice but to reject you.” Chang felt she had been discriminated against because of her gender identity. Based upon the Act of Gender Equality in Employment, Chang filed a lawsuit. The Ministry of Labor (MOL) fined TFM NT$300,000.

However, TFM made an appeal. It said that because of the specific needs for this position, its customers have tended to choose same-sex beautician during the service. It emphasized that the design of male and female uniforms was to let its customers easily recognize the employee’s sex. Even so, TFM lost this lawsuit at The Taipei High Administrative Court.

The Judgement

NCKU’s Female Dormitory
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To the trans student at NCKU’s female dormitory, female students opposed: Gender friendliness should not be based on the cancelling of women’s spaces!

National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) did a survey on students’ attitudes to a gender-friendly (uni-sex) dormitory. In this survey, most female students did not support this idea. However, the university let a trans-identified male student move into the female dormitory without any discussions. A female student said that the distinctions between male and female dormitories were never clear. She asked, “Are we going to let any male students who claim to be trans move into female dormitory? If any female students are harassed or offended, who will be responsible for it?” She hoped that the distinctions would be clarified with the establishment of a gender- friendly dormitory. She emphasized that gender friendliness should not be based on the cancelling of women’s spaces.

On the other hand, the vice principal, Ching-Chang Lee, replied that the trans student moved into the female dormitory before the survey was done. He claimed that the female students living on the same floor was informed. He said that they would not ask the trans student to move out hence he hoped that female students could be more considerate.

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Sports

Transsexual Woman Broke Women’s Record in NIAG
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First time in Taiwan’s history of sports: A transsexual women in NIAG

Yu-Jia Lin, a NTU’s undergraduate, began her formal training after studying at the university. She won second place in 800 meters at first time attending the General Women’s Track and Field competition of National Intercollegiate Athletic Games (NIAG). Through her one-year training, she broke the women’s record of NIAG. As a result, she won first place in 400 meters and 800 meters in 2019.

National High School Games to allow transgender, intersex athletes to compete
中央通訊社 Central News Agency

National High School Games to allow transgender, intersex athletes to compete

Chinese Taipei School Sport Federation (CTSSF) announced on its official website that from 2023, transgender and intersex athletes are allowed to “transfer” to another group in the competitions of National Middle School Athletic Games (NMSAG).

Crimes and Marketing Statistics

Genders Will Be Removed from Judgements and Other Documents
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Press Release: To build evidence-based justice system, Judicial Yuan passes amendments to The Code of Criminal Procedure

On 14 Dec. 2021, Judicial Yuan passed the amendments to The Code of Criminal Procedure and Enforcement Act of the Code of Criminal Procedure. In those amendments, genders and addresses will be removed from judgements, indictments, and complaints in order to respect one’s gender identity and privacy.

Social Welfare Programs for Women

Transsexual Woman Applied for Menstrual Leave
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Menstrual leave not applicable to transgender women: Taiwan Ministry of Labor

In Nov. 2021, a transsexual woman applied for menstrual leave to her company. As a result, the company consulted with the local government and Minister of Labor (MOL).

In Feb. 2022, the result was out: A menstrual leave is granted for the fact that a menstrual cycle occurs; therefore, it is not applied to transsexual women who do not have uteruses.

MOL’s Explanation

Taiwan’s Gender Recognition Act (GRA)

Taiwan’s First Case of GRA: A Trans Woman
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Taiwan court rules to allow trans woman’s ID card gender change request

(TAPCPR’s Lawsuit) A trans woman, Xiao E, applied to change the sex on her ID card but was denied by Taoyuan’s Daxi District Household Registration Office in 2019. (She wanted to change the sex on her ID card from male to female without providing the proof of a sex reassignment surgery.) As a result, she appealed to the Taoyuan City government, which oversees the household registration office. In the ruling of the administrative court, Xiao E’s wish was granted. She successfully changed the sex on her ID card and legally became Taiwan’s first female who was born with a pennis in Nov. 2021.

The Judgement

The Constitutional Interpretation on GRA Issue
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Court seeks interpretation over transgender ID suit

(TAPCPR’s Lawsuit) Yu-Hsun Wu applied for a change to the sex on her ID card from male to female at the Zhongzheng District Household Registration Office in Taipei. The request was rejected because she failed to provide a medical certificate as proof of successful sex reassignment surgery as required. Wu then filed a suit with the administrative court. While ordering a halt to the case on 2 Dec. 2021, The Taipei High Administrative Court also sought an interpretation of the Constitution on the issue, arguing that the provisions regarding gender determination under the Household Registration Act are not applicable, which contradicts Taiwan’s Constitution.

The Judgement The Taipei High Administrative Court’s Press Release

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