A pair of 25-year-old twins from Yunnan have successfully received the first round of their female-to-male gender reassignment surgery at Shanghai’s No. 411 Hospital of People’s Liberation Army. They are now seeking to be the first twins in the country to officially change their gender.
Dong Zhen of Shanghai Daily reports:
In China, their legal gender will remain “female” until all the surgical steps are completed and they go through the legal application for a gender-swap registry with the police.
But the question now is whether they will pull through the final move toward the legal change.
“Maybe we will announce the news in the future but now we will just keep it a secret to our friends and fellow townsmen,” said one of the twins, who would not have their names and other personal details revealed out of privacy concerns. “We cannot afford to lose our jobs, which is the main source of our future surgical fund. It will be unavoidable that colleagues would gossip after learning what’s happened.”
The twins worry that media exposure will alarm their villagers and friends and create heavy pressure on their family and relatives, who did not support their sex-change operations.