From Beavis to Beatrice: Hong Kong woman says sex-change surgery helped her overcome gender identity struggle
South China Morning Post 南華早報
Published December 10, 2015, accessed April 14, 2016
Elizabeth Cheung firstname.lastname@example.org
The 35-year-old’s operation from male to female ushered in new confidence
For Beatrice Wong Suet-ling, sex-reassignment surgery brought much more than physical change – it unleashed a joy and confidence which she had not experienced in decades.
She underwent the decisive moment in August this year when she medically changed her sex from male to female through surgery.
The struggle across the gender line started for Wong, 35, when she was a teenager who was fond of wearing dresses.
“I didn’t know anything about being transgender, just about drag queens and being abnormality,” recalled Wong. “I did not think of changing my sex that time,” said Wong.
She thought her fondness for female clothes was a “bad hobby” that needed to be “cured”.
Wong – known as Beavis Wong Pak-fai before the change – dated women and even had sexual relations with them to try to rid her desire of being a woman.
“But the more time I spent with women, the more I wanted to wear dresses,” she said. “My being a boyfriend just made me feel uncomfortable.”
It was until three years ago that Wong started to receive psychiatric assessment to prepare for her change. The process began after she heard of similar experiences from transgendered individuals.
Now inhabiting a body she truly likes, Wong said she felt more confident in pursuing her interests.
Employed in the IT sector, she shared her story with others by producing a short film about her transformation and submitted it to a short film contest.
Her confidence grew thanks to the support of those around her. Wong’s family did not particularly oppose or support her decision, but they did visit her in the hospital after the surgery in August. She said her friends also accepted who she was and continued to give their full support.
“I used to feel blue and depressed,” she said. “After the operation I felt excited and was able to restart of my life again.”