It took the best part of a lifetime but a Chinese transgender woman is finally living as her true self.
Xin Yue, from Beijing, transitioned at age 72 and underwent gender reassignment surgery in February.
Xin grew up with two brothers in a traditional family and eventually got married and had a child.
It was only after her retirement in 2002 that she eventually came across a forum for LGBTQ people and realised she was transgender.
Xin has a much more positive outlook after experiencing depression and seeing psychologists in an effort to “cure” her gender dysphoria.
“In the future, my wife and I can use the term ‘sister’ to call each other. We will still live together,” she says.
“My skin is still soft and white like a woman in her 20s. I feel I’m only in my 30s and I can live to 100 years old.”
Xin had to complete a series of tests and answer more than 1000 questions to ensure she was “ready” for her transition. Under Chinese law, patients also need to get approval from their direct relatives before they can undergo gender confirmation surgery.
Thankfully, both Xin’s wife and daughter were in full support of her need to transition.
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