A Transgender Journey to Manhood in China


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Mon, 02/27/2017 - 8:00am to 9:00am
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Life Beyond My Body: Lei Ming joins Cecil and Celeste on KBOO


​"Born in a rural Chinese village and identified as a girl at birth, Lei Ming, was barely cared for during his childhood. Often lonely, terrified and abused, he learned early to fend for himself and look within for answers, but there he discovered a paradox that threatens to undo him. Although he didn't yet know the word "transsexual," at 16, Ming set out on a secret mission to find relief. 

Life Beyond My Body tells the story of his quest to find answers in a society that is closed-mouthed about men like Ming.  Along the way Ming finds solace and judgment in the Christian church, loves and loses a woman, begins his physical transition using black market testosterone, is jailed over his identity, and arranges for top surgery without blowing his cover. But ultimately, understanding the true meaning of being a man will require reckoning with God."

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