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Transgender – ‘monstrous’


ChinaJin Xing, the dancer, currently hosting the show, wishes to become a woman at the age of six, and had transgender surgery in 1995 at the age of 28.

As a celebrity and admired, she still encounters discrimination when it comes to her identity.

In 2011, she was banned by the local government from being a judge of a talent search program on Zhejiang TV. Authorities have yet to respond publicly on this matter.

The transgender community also faces many difficulties. According to Xiaomi, director of China Sogie Youth Network, a Beijing-based NGO, the biggest challenge is domestic violence when parents do not accept their children as transgender.

A study from the LGBT Center in Beijing, in 2017, found that out of 1,640 respondents, only 6 have never experienced domestic violence from a parent or guardian. Violence includes beatings, detention, financial restriction, transfer therapy, or eviction.

Xiaomi revealed additional difficulties faced by transgender people are bullying at school, discrimination in the workplace, discrimination in health and general government policies. It is difficult for them to pass job interviews, can only have sex-change surgery after being diagnosed by the hospital with a sex identity disorder, and only change the sex on their ID card after surgery.

Jin Xing, a former dancer and now a TV presenter, is one of the most famous transgender characters in China. Image: SCMP

In 2015, Chao Xiaomi, a transgender woman in Beijing, brought the issue of transgender injustice to the public, after she was unable to use a bathroom in a mall.

Chao recalled that the first time, she was stopped by the toilet keeper at the door of the men’s bathroom because she was wearing a skirt. When she moved to the female room, an employee asked to see her ID. After looking at the male gender on the card, this person called her “pervert”.

Since then, Chao spoke up about the barriers transgender people face. In 2016, she shared on the famous Chinese controversy program Qipa Shuo: “A lot of people in the transgender community are worried, unable to withstand mental pressure, leading to depression and even suicide. “.

Chao said that people from the upper classes of society like Jin can prove their worth and no one can easily lower them. But with many other transgender people, they must hide their identities to avoid malicious attacks.

Non-governmental organizations and activists are pushing to change the perception of the public as well as the public through lawsuits and research that highlight the difficulties transgender communities face.

One of the most famous earlier cases was Mr. C, who joined the first transgender labor dispute in China. In 2015, the transgender man, Mr. C was fired from the Guiyang Ciming Medical Examination Center in southwestern China because he liked to wear menswear and his image did not match the company’s requirements.

Chan Xiaomi, transgender rights advocate in China.  Photo: SCMP

Chan Xiaomi, transgender rights advocate in China. Image: SCMP

He denounced the center and sued in court. In 2016, the court ordered the center for financial compensation for a labor law violation, and Mr. C was not subject to discrimination. The results may not be satisfactory, but the community has taken steps to push back the adverse events step by step. They formed an online group to rescue transgender victims of violence.

Recently, the community reported to the police of a transgender boy who was arrested by his family in a correctional camp to correct his behavior. Huang Xiaodi, Jiangsu Province, was born as a boy, and her family tricked her into entering a school in Chongqing to “cure the desire to become a girl”. She was beaten, twice escaping from this training school.

Xiaomi says efforts to help transgender people in other China are like setting up a medical and psychological hotline.

The majority of Chinese still maintain a two-way gender view, instead of a more diverse one, Chao said. They believe that transgender people and people of unknown sex are “monstrosities”, need treatment, otherwise they will face many problems and cannot integrate.

Nguyen Ngoc (According to the SCMP)

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