Better late than never. Maybe that’s what you had in mind Jinfan Qian, a Chinese calligrapher.
Four years ago, at the age of 80 years, this man decided to become transgender. Now, he became the oldest transgender in China.
“This is the real me. For nearly 80 years, I’ve covered that I wanted to be a woman,” said Qian who choose Yiling as the new name.
According to the Daily Telegraph quoted VIVAnews, Friday, June 15, 2012, Qian was feeling trapped in the wrong body since childhood. All his life, he tried to hide these feelings from those around him. Including, his wife and children, which is still tied the knot with her.
Actually, Qian was taking hormone drugs in the 60′s. However, as reported by Shanghai Daily, Qian finally stopped, because the drugs were not given any effect.
Slowly, it’s the inner torment. In December 2008, Qian decided to no longer “hide” to start using women’s clothing and doing hormone injections to enlarge her breasts.
In its recognition, that Qian was born in Jiaxing and then sent a letter to the former office, Foshan Culture Bureau. In his letter, he complained of having to use the men’s underwear over their lifetime to cover his identity.
Not quite up there, Qian sent a letter back in 2010. This time, he confirmed his identity as a woman named Qian Yiling. Although interest in transsexual surgery, but he chose not to through it as complicated and risky.
Former colleagues and relatives Qian some respect and accept his decision, because it is considered as a very personal thing.
Rights activists of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) China also praised the courage to admit, given that the LGBT community in China still faces many problems such as censorship and prejudice.
“People are still afraid of other people are different,” said Wei, one of the activists.
However, some are less amenable to Qian. “This guy might be crazy,” wrote one Internet user.
Little children in the neighborhood Qian also often bothered with calling it a ‘human monster’. “I do not feel myself inferior. I will not stop fighting,” said Qian.