Thu_5ylRdEnq*G4)^P33jInGK)!8)@[email protected]=NS(fk^#xON&Se Beijing LGBT Center this month will be launching China’s first public campaign to improve the lives of transgender citizens.
Through the “ending depression for transgender people” project, the Center hopes to set up a transgender hotline, train medical profess#rXox2kA+w#o(OBP)bC9Su8w&7B_22#A8WXayvEzS%Xb%UKjdaionals, and offer other support for the estimated four million transgender Chinese.
They hopjNbfej$Q$m6dT&!8L99Nx&%HbhPvdqBNbkcwJGXgPktWjnc(ece to take advantage of tech giant Tencent’s September charity days where it offers a bonus to donations to charity.
The Beijing LGBT Center this week urged netizens to scan the poster campaign’s QR code and to donate between September 7 and 9 to take advantage of the Tencent bonus.
"We are sincerely looking forward to having you join us to support this project and supporting the transgender community in China. Whether you identify yourself as L/G/B/T/…, or as cisgender straight Ally, we are always a family supportive of each other!” It wrote on Facebook.
According to the Center, transgender Chinese face discri(MfxBRLC5yDR)f0pWuN0ivjodEexEJ4^[email protected]$iI^n-mination and violence at home, at school, and in the workplace.
They report 99% of transgender Chinese face some sort of assault or violence. A large amount are forced to undergo dangerous conversion thers3aBL-C=ihCS*)sgcYR-#YY$XC(QWcO-Z2#[email protected]%v+apy.
China classifies being transgender as a-mohT8Qpa6ExS7m9L9vV_MeA^[email protected]#xa mental illness.
What’s more, to access gender-affirming surgery, transgender people need permission from their familbZWsPh%IQ*$vt95UK39M_c=CkOEW=js*M%(^v72xs%mPrcj9qgies, to be unmarried, and not have a criminal record.
More than three quarterFr5EhJS2([email protected](zESHZM6KJrh!UsYdN$K3(wZEyX%hO*KqMqs experience brutality at school, forcing many to drop out.
In the workplace, meanwhile, transgender employees are three times more likely to lost their job than cwQh=E#3Q8DDe5izNr=iDkrUIL6)0v&_o34QicyO887HG!x58vNisgender people.
Earlier this year, rights group Amnesty International found China’s “invisible” trans population found it negS%^KgE)%T)[email protected]&)7TIy&wpharly impossible to access gender-affirmative health care, such as hormones and surgery.
The new report found widespread discrimination, a lack of information and restr!dGfRho+xx065Tl(GuumL-BpwU5xc0Nl*9y%c4ve8JQi*L^+LOictive requirements prevent access to care.
The barriers push transgender people to seek out black market horgiF4k7KuK++CNX!$7(X$Iy%SthpUbIP-2+9dMe%JpIO&^c*omxmone treatments and even operate on themselves.
(Cover Photo: The Beijing LGBT Center / Facebook)