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Student born male, registered as female
男兒身學生註冊為女生

Students walk to school in Tokyo.
東京的學生走路上學。

PHOTO: AP

A Japanese school board has allowed a child who is biologically a boy to register as a girl in what transgender activists hailed as a breakthrough.

The seven-year-old was diagnosed a year ago with gender identity disorder and has been admitted to school as a girl, said Yukihiro Okano, deputy superintendent of education in Hyogo.

"The child is very small now. We will deal with the case at various phases of growth to meet the person's needs," Okano told a news conference.

The parents of the student had asked the school to admit the student as a girl, because their child has always behaved as a female.

The school has not seen any trouble related to the student, Okano added.

The case is groundbreaking in Japan, where it can be difficult to get public understanding on the issue, said Ran Yamamoto, who heads an organization supporting people with gender identity disorder.

"The local community and her parents appear to have been very considerate of the needs of the child. That is very fortunate," Yamamoto said.

The student should receive continued counseling, she added.

"It would be wonderful if those concerned could create a situation in which the person would be able to express her true self," she said.

In July 2004, Japan introduced a new law for transsexuals that has allowed hundreds of people to register under a different sex after they have had sex- change operations.

The law was meant to end embarrassment and discrimination against Japanese who have changed sex. Under old laws, they had to present birth records that showed them to be of a different gender when they tried to get jobs or housing. (AFP)

日本一所學校董事會准許一名生理構造為男孩的學童以女童身份註冊,此舉被變性運動者譽為是一項重大突破。

Reading Comprehension
閱讀測驗

1. The student the article talks about ...

a. was born a boy.

b. was born a girl.

c. acts like a boy.

2. What has the school decided to do?

a. Treat the student like a girl.

b. Diagnose the student with a disorder.

c. Try to help the public understand the issue.

3. According to Yamamoto ...

a. the student is causing trouble.

b. the student is lucky to have the community's support.

c. the student's parents should be very concerned.

4. What problems did transgender people have in Japan in the past?

a. They couldn't get birth documents.

b. They couldn't have surgery to change their sex.

c. Their birth documents still showed their original sex.


兵庫縣教育廳副廳長岡野幸宏(譯音)表示,這名七歲男孩在一年前被診斷有性別認同障礙,並獲准以女生身份入校。

岡野幸宏在記者會上表示:「這名孩童年紀很輕,我們會根據他成長的不同階段處理,以符合他的需要。」

這名學生的父母要求校方讓孩子以女童身份入學,因為他的行為舉止向來像個女生。

岡野幸宏補充,這名學生目前尚未帶來任何麻煩。

山本蘭(譯音)是輔導性別認同障礙團體的負責人,她表示,這件事在日本算是項創舉,因為大眾不易了解事件的本質。

山本蘭說:「很幸運的是,當地居民和孩童的父母都非常體貼他的需要。」

山本蘭補充,這名學生應該持續接受諮商輔導。

她說:「關心她的人能若創造讓她展現真正自我的環境,將會是好事一樁。」

日本在二○○四年七月針對變性者推行一項新法案,讓數百名接受過變性手術的人能以不同的性別辦理登記。

這條法律旨在泯除日本變性人面臨的窘境和歧視,舊法之下,變性人在找工作或房子時都必須出示以相異性別登記的出生證明。 (法新社/翻譯:鄭湘儀)

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