China's transgender community risk self-surgery and illegal drugs
CHENGDU (AFP) - Vulnerable and afraid, a 16-year-old boy sat on the floor of his home in rural eastern China and tried to hack off his genitals with a scalpel, an act of desperation against a body he did not want.. Read more at straitstimes.com.
Now aged 23, that boy identifies as Alice, and concedes it was a dangerous, potentially fatal, move.
People are unable to have gender-reassignment surgery without the legal consent of their families, and many are reluctant to discuss the issue with their family - for fear of being ostracised or disowned.
'RISK THEIR LIVES' A report earlier this year from Amnesty International found there was prevalent discrimination, restrictive eligibility requirements, and a lack of information in China.
"The highly-restrictive requirements for accessing gender-affirming surgeries and lack of health-related information needs to change so people can access the health care they need," Ms Lau added.
'EMPOWER NEXT GENERATION' Jiatsu's situation is not uncommon: Amnesty's report featured testimony suggesting information was often found online or through friends in similar situations, and that doctors in the public health service were not able to offer the right support.
"Right now is not a good time, what the government can do has limitations due to society's current views," Alice explained, adding:"We need to wait until the next generation to be empowered, then things will get better."
"It feels more natural, extremely good. My head space and emotions are much better, in fact, a lot of things for me became much more open," Alice said, of life post-surgery.Read more: The Straits Times
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