China’s transgender people too scared to come out like Elliot Page – ‘You become a freak’

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12/07/2020

When Juno star Elliot Page, known as Ellen Page until December, came out as transgender, his social media pages were instantly filled with blessings and love from actors, musicians and other celebrities. “Hi friends, I want to share with you that I am trans, my pronouns are he/they and my name is Elliot,” the Oscar-nominated actor wrote in a statement posted on Instagram and Twitter on December 1. “I feel lucky to be writing this. To be here. To have arrived at this place in my life.” Many applauded his courage and said they looked forward to his coming work. In China, however, coming out as transgender is a much more arduous path. One of the most famous and outspoken transgender figures in the country is Jin Xing, a former dancer and now talk show host. She had wanted to be a woman as early as six and had her sex reassignment surgery in 1995, aged 28. Known for her witty and sarcastic comments on social issues, Jin had been one of China’s top dancers until she became a talk show host in the later stages of her career. Even at her level, Jin encountered discrimination.

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