China opens first trans youth gender clinic in Shanghai


trans youth gender clinic
Jin Xing, transgender celebrity, the 'Chinese Oprah'. Image: YouTube

The Children’s Hospital of Fudan University in Shanghai recently opened China’s first trans youth gender clinic. Communist Party owned Global Times reported the clinic would ‘safely and healthily manage transgender minors’ transition’.

The paper illustrated the article with an image of Chinese transgender superstar, Jin Xing, previously a decorated colonel in the People’s Liberation Army.

The opening of the clinic comes amidst a crackdown on LGBTQ activism. Earlier this year, China-based social media platforms shut down the accounts of local LGBTQ organisations. That followed last year’s unexplained cancellation of future Shanghai Pride events. Previously, the country’s oldest and largest Pride celebration took place every year since 2009.

The positive coverage by the Global Times, an outlet sometimes called ‘China’s Fox News’, surprised many because of a recent injunction against gender ambiguity. In September, the government demanded that the media stop promoting ‘sissy’ type men. Male celebrities previously known for a K-pop aesthetic immediately threw out their mascara brushes and sprouted facial hair.

However, Global Times quoted a 2019 study showing high rates of depression and anxiety in transgender students. The researchers spoke to people from 32 of China’s provinces.

Trans youth gender clinic a bridge

The paper said failing to identify those students’ dysphoria might lead to problems in school and social adaptation. Confrontation between family members could also result and self-harm or even suicide.

The new clinic will be integrated with other Children’s hospital departments including psychology, endocrine and urology. The paper described the trans youth gender clinic as ‘a bridge between transgender children, parents, doctors and the various circles of society’.

Luo Feihong, director of the endocrine and genetic metabolic department of the Children’s Hospital explained that the clinic would undertake assessment, diagnosis, psychological treatment and necessary medical intervention.

He described the approach as “of great help to reduce the negative emotions of these children and adolescents, improve their academic performance, improve their family relations and build a harmonious society.”

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2 Comments

  1. TSL_NB
    15 November 2021
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    (I posted this same thing on FB, but it applies here, as well)

    My gut feeling, this is actually a ‘conversion therapy’ clinic, just from this government’s previous track record.
    This statement from the article alone is a bit disturbingly worded, considering it’s going to be the government’s definition at play:
    “Luo Feihong, director of the endocrine and genetic metabolic department of the Children’s Hospital explained that the clinic would undertake assessment, diagnosis, psychological treatment and necessary medical intervention.
    He described the approach as “of great help to reduce the negative emotions of these children and adolescents, improve their academic performance, improve their family relations and build a harmonious society.””
    This sounds a lot more like someone’s about to go into electroshock, instead of allowing for the authentic self to be free.
    I’d love to be wrong on this, but I’m not trusting it, until they are fully transparent about it (which likely won’t happen). It’s sad, really.

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