Red tape to test transsexuals’ desire By Chang Ailing (China Daily)

Yang Sisi feels he is different. He has been aware of it for many years and knows in his heart there is only one solution: an operation to make him a woman.

The 35-year-old wants to be among the rare few that undergo gender reassignment surgery every year in China, a traditionally low-key group, bar the odd beauty pageant and grand public wedding.

But the group has found itself thrust into the spotlight as authorities attempt to improve the procedure for transsexuals, moves that have met with a mixed response due to fears that newly proposed government regulations could hinder, rather than help.