Covering work in  SEXUALITY AND GENDER


from 2000 onwards


(Site inception date 21st June 2010)




Since 2000 Sam Winter's field of work has been sexual and gender development and diversity, sexual rights and health, and sex education.  During this time he has published over 30 pieces of work, including journal articles (in psychology, anthropology, history, law, and health), as well as book chapters and entries for encyclopedias. Two of the publications to which he contributed have won international prizes. He has been invited by publishers to review book manuscripts, as well by editors to review manuscripts for seven journals. He sits on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Transgenderism, and is commissioned lead author for a paper in a short series on Transgender Health, to be published by the medical journal Lancet in 2014. 


Dr Winter teaches and supervises research students in his field of interest, and runs a university-wide course in Sexuality and Gender: Diversity and Society - one of the most popular courses at the University of Hong Kong. From 2012 he has also run a university-wide course on Sexuality and Culture. He also runs courses in special education. Standardised Hong Kong University student evaluations over the last 5 years to put him at an average 81% for teacher effectiveness and 82% for course effectiveness. These figures are (respectively) 8% and 11% higher than comparison figures for teachers and courses in (as appropriate for comparison) the Faculty or University.


Dr Winter is deeply involved in enhancing health, rights and welfare for sexual and gender minorities. He has taken part in training for psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers working with trans people, provided expert evidence in a number of legal and asylum cases, and is involved in the work of a large number of local, regional and international organisations. He has participated in two international expert meetings on sexual and gender minority health issues. He is one of the Directors of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH), which publishes the influential Standards of Care (SOC) guiding or regulating  the work of mental health professionals, surgeons and others worldwide working with trans people. He was a member of a team of 34 professionals which produced the recent seventh revision of SOC.


Dr Winter is the author of a report commissioned by UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) entitled Lost in Transition: Transgender people, rights and HIV vulnerability in the Asia-Pacific region. He has acted as a consultant to UNAIDS (United Nations AIDS Programme)


Dr Winter is one of eleven individuals worldwide appointed by WHO (World Health Organisation) to its Working Group on the Classification of Sexual Disorders and Sexual Health, which has been tasked with reviewing, and if appropriate revising, 45 diagnoses in the International Classification of Diseases (ICD), in readiness for the forthcoming eleventh revision (the first revision in 20 years).


Dr Winter speaks widely on issues of sexual and gender development and diversity, sexual rights and health, and sex education. He has given around 35 invited presentations in Hong Kong and internationally. He was appointed to the Asia-Pacific Coalition on Male Sexual Health (APCOM) Knowledge Reference Group.




Personal and Professional Data    


Scholarly work:

    Journal Articles, Book Chapters and Other Published Papers                                                                      

    Other Outputs                                                                                                                                             

        Presentations (Conferences, Symposia and Seminars)                                                                                                                         

    Editorial / Review Duties for Journals                                                                                                                             

    Research Grants                                                                                                                                                                  


Teaching  (Higher Degree, Undergraduate and Teaching Grants)


Community Engagement and Action (Hong Kong and International)


Link to site for TransgenderASIA Research, Education and Advocacy Centre.



For details of my work pre-2000 see