Brenda Alegre

Lecturer, Gender Studies Programme, School of Humanities, Faculty of Arts


  • CRT 9.51


Dr. Brenda Alegre was born in the Philippines. She is a Registered Psychologist. She graduated with Magna Cum Laude honors in her PhD in Clinical Psychology. Her MA thesis and PhD in Clinical Psychology dissertation were about transgender women. She is among the Board of Directors of STRAP – The Society of Transsexual Women Advocates of the Philippines which is the first and longest existing support and advocacy group for and of transgender women. She is also one of the Trans Secretariat of ILGA the International LGBT Association. She leads the English speaking members of TGR – Transgender Resource Center in Hong Kong and a member of Association of World Citizens Hong Kong. She is a Resident Tutor at Lap Chee College, University of Hong Kong, and a Lecturer at the University of Hong Kong where she teaches Sexuality and Gender, perhaps one of the few if not the only trans* identifying academics in Hong Kong. She has upcoming publications on transgender people’s experience. She has been active in activism and rights advocacies for LGBTQ and Women in both the Philippines and Hong Kong. Prior to teaching, she worked in Human Resources Manager. Aside from psychology, LGBTQ advocacies and teaching, Brenda is also a Choir Soprano in The Harmonics, the first LGBTQA choir in Hong Kong.

Research Interests

  • Gender
  • Sexuality
  • Transgender and non-binary identities
  • Social and Clinical Psychology
  • Migrant queer identities
  • Faith, religion and spirituality and Queer identities
  • Intersectionalities


BS Psychology, University of Santo Tomas, Philippines;

Certificate for Teaching, Philippine Normal University,

MA in Psychology, PhD Psychology, University of Santo Tomas, Philippines

Selected Publications

“From Bakla to Transpinay” Routledge International Handbook of Schools and schooling in Asia.


CCHU9007  Sexuality and Gender, Society and Diversity

CCHU9079  Queering Art, Performance and Cities

GEND2006  TransAsia: navigating transness and intersections in Asia