In a gruesome tale from Beijing this week, Shanghai Daily reported on Tuesday that a 26-year-old man castrated himself in a fruit store on the campus of Tsinghua University, and after asking for anaesthetics at the campus clinic, sneaked out while waiting for the ambulance and jumped to his death from the third floor of a nearby hotel.
Witnesses to the tragedy said the man, surnamed Zhu, wore feminine clothes and speculated that he harmed himself because he was unhappy with his physical gender. Tsinghua University said Zhu was not a student.
A doctor at the campus clinic said Zhu received simple treatment at the clinic but she had told him she could not deal with his wound and he would have to go to the university hospital. While he was waiting for the ambulance, Zhu suddenly left the clinic, went to a nearby hotel and jumped from the third floor. He was pronounced dead at hospital.
Despite the fame and success of China’s most famous transgender, dancer Jin Xing, life for ordinary transgenders is not easy in a largely conformist society with heavy pressure to marry and have children by your mid-20s. Gay Star News reported in January about a local TV station in Qingdao mocking a crossdressing victim of a house fire. At the debut of the Chinese version of the Britain’s Got Talent TV show in May 2010, the director of the show Jin Lei made derogatory comments about transgender performers, saying they shouldn‘t be allowed to represent China and he was ‘disgusted with it’.