The famous transgender person I admire the most is Jin Xing
BY Feifei Wang
Jin Xing (Chinese: 金星; born August 13, 1967 in Shenyang, Liaoning) is a Chinese ballerina, modern dancer, choreographer, actress, founder and artistic director of the contemporary dance company Shanghai. She is a famous transgender celebrity. (Wikipedia)
She is a famous dancer and choreographer. She has her own talk show and she's the owner of her own dance company. She is the first woman in China that undergo a sex change surgery, and is the one of the first transgender women to be recognized as a woman by the government.
Jin Xin was without a doubt an extremely talented artist and intelligent person. But what I admired the most is her courage. Not only she went through the surgery and treatment, she's very open and frank about it. She talked about her feeling of being a woman from a very young age, she talked about her surgery and her difficult recovery (One of her leg was paralyzed for a while, you can imagine how hard it must be for a dancer). She's uplifting and funny. (her talk show was really fun to watch). She talked about her husband, her 3 adopted children, her dance theater. She talked about her many encounters with men as fun "date stories".
I think more than anything her bravery, grace and down to earth personality changed a lot of people's perception about transgender people. I remember when the news first broke out about her sex change, a lot of people reacted with disgust and hatred. She was called a freak and a joke, people said her sex change was just a publicity stunt, an aging dancer try to get one last fame.
But she didn't hide away from public. She was famous when she's a man, and she was even more famous now she's finally herself. She faced all those criticism and hate with one big smile, her sharp words and her charm.
I know someone (a relative) who had said transgender people make her sick. But after watching Jin Xin's show, she changed her mind. She literally changed her mind about her transphobia! Last time I went back to China, she was watching Jin Xin's talk show and laughing.
Jin Xin's story gives me hope. With open communication, with more awareness, and compassion, people do change. She is truly a hero.