Book Reading and Signing January 19th

Meet Author Lei Ming — on Tour in the US for a Limited Time — at Village Frame & Gallery

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About the Book

Born in a rural Chinese village and identified as a girl at birth, Lei Ming, is barely cared for during his childhood. Often lonely, terrified and abused, he learns early to fend for himself and look within for answers, but there he discovers a paradox that threatens to undo him. Although he does not yet know the word “transsexual,” at 16, Ming sets out on a secret mission to find relief. Life Beyond My Body tells the true story of his quest to find answers in a society that is closed-mouthed about men like Ming.

Along the way, Ming finds solace and judgement in the Christian church, loves and loses a woman, begins his physical transition using black market testosterone, is jailed over his identity, and arranges for top surgery without blowing his cover. But ultimately, understanding the true meaning of being a man will require reckoning with God.

Life Beyond My Body: A transgender journey to manhood in China is the first memoir published by a trans man from China. Learn more at

About Lei Ming (Ray)

Ray lives in stealth in China, but is currently in the U.S. to speak about his life and experiences. Life Beyond My Body is his first book. When he is not writing, he uses his language skills to keep the lights on and finance his reading habit through tutoring and translating jobs. A self-described “typical introvert,” Ray spends a lot of time alone, drawing or playing guitar.

Join Us to Meet Ray Thursday Jan 19

Ray will be reading from Life Beyond My Body: A transgender journey to manhood in China

Thursday, January 19th
6:30 p.m.
Village Frame & Gallery
7808 SW Capitol Hwy
Portland, OR 97219

This event is open to the public and there is no charge to attend. We hope to see you there!

Village Frame & Gallery, 7808 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219 ● (503) 245-8001
Open Tuesday - Friday, 10am - 5pm, and Saturday 10am - 4pm, or by appointment.