As a marginalized community, the LGBTQ community requires sound leadership, and people to look up to, just to give its members sound models for personal excellence.
This is exactly what we have rounded up in today’s feature – top Chinese LGBTQ icons who have broken not just their personal ceilings, but also the invisible boundaries that limit all members of this global community.
1. Jin Xing (China)
Jin Xing is the only transgender celebrity and influencer in China that is recognized by the country’s government.
She is 51 years old, and is a ballerina, television personality, and outspoken activist for China’s own LGBTQ community. She is also the director of the Shanghai Jin Xing Dance Theater, which is the country’s first ever independent dance company.
From quite a young age, Jin Xing trained in the People’s Liberation Army to train in its dance troupe. She was also able to gain a dance scholarship to the United States, in New York specifically, which allowed her to explore her sexuality more openly. She is a Chinese celebrity who is well-loved by the people, and she is a global dance icon for her achievements in the field.