A video about a man in his fifties who has been dressing as a woman for 20 years “to help his mentally ill mum cope with the death of his sister” is being widely shared on Chinese social media.
The video shows the man from Guilin in the Guangxi region, tending to his elderly mother whilst wearing a traditional cheongsam dress.
He told Pear Video that he started dressing as a woman after his mother began to show signs of mental illness following the death of her daughter.
He added that his mother was immediately convinced that her daughter had come back.
“She was so happy, so I kept doing it,” he said.
“I’ve basically been living as a woman ever since,” he added. “I don’t own any men’s clothing.”
In the video his mother refers to her son saying: “She is my daughter. When my other daughter died she became my daughter.”
The man said he is not concerned about what people think because he is “doing it for his mother”.
“Why would I be afraid of people laughing at me?” he added.