Note: there is also just as long of a history of the changeability of gender in Chinese history.
But. Yeah. This book may be of interest to some.
It really shouldn’t take a “new study” for Chinese scholars to make such a well-known point, but I guess that’s where we’re at so why not. Chinese history, with its long dynastic succession, has seen many ebbs and flows regarding prevailing sexual attitudes, but most have fallen along the lines of what might be described as a liberal and pragmatic climate of live and let live. Biyuti’s also right that gender-maleability has been a feature of Chinese literature for millenia (also Chinese philosophy and mysticism; because ultimately in the quest for Taoist-Buddhist liberation, one transcends gender).
There have been gay emperors, gay empresses, gay Dalai Lamas, gay warlords, gay imperial concubines, gay imperial eunuchs, gay court ministers, gay poets, gay folk heroes, and gay everything else you can possibly think of, because we’re talking about human beings. You may recall the last emperor of China, Puyi, is believed to have been gay (to some extent or other), and his wife, Empress Wanrong, had a lesbian affair with the swashbuckling pilot-spy Jin Bihui (who was eventually executed as a traitor; to be clear, not for sleeping with the empress but for collaborating with imperial Japan). I grew up with all these stories and ideas of gender-bending and they were not seen as a big deal, just as part of the human story.
While we are all conveniently lumped into just four letters, there are different needs for inclusion based on sexual orientation and gender identity. It is not wrong to ask or examine LGBT organizations based on their Transgender inclusion. If they say LGBT… They should be LGBT.
And do not use the T if you are only catering to or addressing FTMs.