001fd04cf34a150256da22China’s latest “it” girl was once hailed as a model son. And reflecting changing attitudes toward members of the LGBT community, Beijing appears at pains to stress it has no problem with a transgender star.

State media this week ran a series of complementary — almost to the point of fawning — articles on Liu Ting, a woman who, before coming out as a woman, received an award for respecting elders.

It follows swelling support for the transgender 28-year-old in recent months, with national press and a powerful political body holding her up as a symbol of what many say is Beijing’s increasingly progressive attitude on gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights. READ FULL