LGBT rights in Hong Kong

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) persons in Hong Kong, which is a special administrative region of China, may face legal challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents.

StatusFemale homosexuality: Always legal
Male homosexuality: Legal since 1991,
age of consent equalized in 2006
Gender identityChange of sex recognised for persons who have undergone sex reassignment surgery, though change of legal gender is not as the "sex at birth" is not altered
MilitaryUnknown, (China is responsible for defence)
Discrimination protectionsThe Hong Kong Bill of Rights Ordinance (Cap. 383) protects individuals against sexual orientation discrimination from the Government and public authorities of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
Family rights
Recognition of relationshipsNone; though marriages and civil partnerships of same-sex couples are recognised for the purpose of issuing a dependant visa, and for the purpose of spousal benefits