The “I” in the LGBTQIA acronym has received increasing attention in recent years. During the Fourth International Intersex Forum, intersex activists gathered to affirm the intersex movement as a collaborative global movement, but they also recognized the unique barriers that intersex people face in different regions. Indeed, even within Asia, experiences of intersex people are shaped by different traditional cultures and colonial legacies. How does the law, in particular, reflect the situation of intersex people and contribute to the problems that intersex people face in Asia? Can the law be mobilized to empower and protect the rights of intersex people? Bringing together two perspectives from India and Hong Kong, this session promises an exciting dialogue on intersex rights and the law.
Chair and Panelist: Geoffrey Yeung is a graduate student and an activist from Hong Kong. He has conducted research and advocacy in various capacities, and has engaged with the Hong Kong government as well as United Nations human rights treaty bodies on laws and policies affecting sexual and gender minorities in Hong Kong. Currently, he is reading for an MPhil in Law at University of Oxford and his research is on legal gender recognition and discrimination law.
Panelist: Geeta Luthra is a senior advocate at the Supreme Court of India and specializes in Human Rights Law.