The 18-year-old student out for a stroll at night was wearing makeup and a skirt and high heels when a passer-by suddenly collided with him. “Sorry, miss,” the man said before continuing on his way. The student turned and stared at the man until he was out of sight, clearly delighted to have been taken for a woman. This episode from “Escape,’’ an unlikely new film by a team of Beijing high school students about being young and transgender in China, depicts the first time that the student ventured out in women’s clothes. The film shows his struggles with his attraction to a boy and his ultimate acceptance of what he feels is his genuine female identity.
August 18 / New York Times