Being Transgender in China: The Two Lives of Li Ermao

In a rural village nestled within the sprawling landscape of China, Li Ermao lived a double life, navigating the complexities of being transgender in a society steeped in tradition and binary gender norms. As a young child, Li Ermao felt a profound disconnect between the body they were born with and the gender identity they felt inside. Despite the social stigma and potential rejection, Li Ermao summoned the courage to embark on a perilous journey of self-discovery and transition. Living as both a man during the day and a woman at night, Li Ermao grappled with the duality of their existence, facing prejudice, discrimination, and the constant fear of exposure. Yet, amidst the challenges, Li Ermao found solace in the love and acceptance of their supportive wife, Li Guoqing, who stood steadfastly by their side. Together, they navigated the intricate web of Chinese society, advocating for transgender rights and challenging deeply ingrained societal norms, leaving an indelible mark on the nation's understanding of gender identity and self-expression.