A dearth of information and services, paired with cultural stigma, has led many transgender Chinese to perform dangerous surgeries on themselves and to purchase black market hormones, according to a new report from Amnesty International.
The London-based human rights organization spoke to several transgender people in China, all of whom described a complete lack of assistance or information from health care providers on how to access hormones or start the process of medically transitioning. Many trans people in China said they sought information on transitioning from friends, as well as the country’s restrictive internet. There is only one, recently-opened center in all of China that offers gender-affirming care. All those who identify as trans in China are classified as mentally ill, adding to the stigma gender-nonconforming people in the nation already face.