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Legal Gender Recognition: A Multi-Country Legal and Policy Review in Asia The vast majority of transgender people across the Asia-Pacific region are unable to obtain any official identification documents that reflect their gender identity. This lack of gender recognition fosters widespread social exclusion, stigma, discrimination and violence when individuals are perceived to deviate from gender norms because their gender identity and/or expression does not coincide with their sex assigned at birth. This report undertakes a comprehensive review of existing laws, policies...

A Malaysian court decision that made a ban on cross-dressing illegal last year is now being challenged in court. Last November the Malaysian Court of Appeal ruled that a Shariah law criminalizing Muslim transgender people in Negeri Sembilan state was unconstitutional. The state government is now trying to overturn that decision. On January 27, 2015, the Negeri Sembilan state government will try to “obtain leave” to appeal the earlier decision by convincing a five-judge panel that its case is worth hearing....

The Federal Court has given the Negeri Sembilan state government permission to appeal an earlier Federal Court of Appeals ruling that makes cross dressing legal in the state. However, the court is limiting arguments to constitutional ones, rejecting interventions from the Islamic State Councils of Selangor, the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpus, Penang, Johor and Perak, as well as UMNO (the malay front of the ruling coalition led by the prime minister). In the January 27 leave hearing, the panel of...