Being transgender in China: activist on her struggles, and surgeon on his patients’ biggest challenge

Chao Xiaomi considers the question: “Why are you not happy that you were born a man?”That’s because, she says, “in order to live like a man I should drink more, be stronger, have many girlfriends, play rugby – you know – do manly things.”Chao, who describes herself as “gender fluid” and prefers to be referred to as a “her”, giggles as she covers her bright-red lipsticked mouth with a hand. We are seated in her vintage clothing shop, Equal, in the Beijing neighbourhood of Gulou, known for its…

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