American photographer Rian Dundon focuses his lens on the life of transgender dancer Huang Ping in Changsha, Hunan Province. The slideshow has been published in Germany’s Stern magazine here. For English captions, visit Atlas Press:
Huang Ping (center) attempts to wake up his coworker Mao Mao (sleeping) in the dorm room where they both live. It was time for their daily rehearsal and Mao Mao had been awake all night with friends. The Night Cat was Changsha’s fist gay bar. It’s employees were gay and transgender migrant workers who, along with a salary of around $80 a month, found a place to live in the bar’s dorm room. Since it was decriminalized in 1997 homosexuality has seen greater acceptance in China’s big cities, however, in the more traditional countryside it is still met mostly with denial or disgust.