Teacher’s sex change jour­ney draws mixed re­sponses

The China Post - - LOCAL -

A high school teacher in Taichung is per­sist­ing with his jour­ney of com­ing to terms with his life­long dream to be­come a woman with the sup­port of his stu­dents and over the ob­jec­tions of his mother.

Tseng Kai-hsin, who has taught physics at Na­tional Taichung Se­nior High School for more than 20 years, is slated to com­plete his sex change op­er­a­tion in July.

The 51- year- old Tseng said Wed­nes­day he has al­ways felt he was a woman trapped in a man’s body and had thought about un- der­go­ing a sex change op­er­a­tion since he was in ju­nior high school.

Those urges, how­ever, were firmly sup­pressed deep in his heart, he said, and he never re­vealed his de­sire to be­come a woman to any­one, apart from a close fe­male con­fi­dante dur­ing his col­lege days.

At the age of 43, he mar­ried a mu­sic teacher whom he met on­line, but their lov­ing re­la­tion­ship ended at the end of 2013, when his wife died of can­cer.

Tseng said he re­gret­ted never re­veal­ing his se­cret to his wife.

“My wife used to said that

I must have been a ‘pretty girl’ in my pre­vi­ous life,” he said, adding that they had planned to have chil­dren.

“When my wife died, I no longer felt the need to hide the woman in my heart and re­solved to live my life as my true self, as a woman,” he said.

Tseng said he has be­gun his trans­for­ma­tion over the past year by adopt­ing more wom­anly man­ner­isms and by dress­ing more en­doge­nously and then more fem­i­ninely. His change soon drew the at­ten­tion of stu­dents and school ad­min­is­tra­tors.

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