I found myself different from other girls at fifth grade. When I realized I liked girls, I asked myself, "Was I born into a wrong body? Why I am a girl but like girls?" I had no way to find out if this was normal. I had no one to turn to for help and felt I was the the only one like this in the world. Would I be taken for lab research if someone else knew it?
I carefully hid myself as I grew up. I secretly put on my mom’s clothes and shoes, and I always played female roles in video games. But when I was in front of others, I was always the stereotypical kind of boy.
My parents think I have never fallen in love. We don't talk about relationships, because I have a secret: I like girls.
As much as I want my family to know me better, the fear stops me from revealing the truth. So I wrote a letter to my parents.
I didn't even dare to say the world "gay" when I first fell in love with a girl at 18. Chinese education system has tamed me to think in a singular way. Being a lesbian gave me a chance to challenge the hegemonic thinking.
The oppression in China stimulates our creativity. We don't have the right to parade. But perhaps we don't really need it.
I became one of the first fast testers of HIV in Shanxi Province, so I tested my friends. The results were, Positive. Positive.
Through my queer identity, I’ve come to understand my gender identity and become a woman who doesn’t listen to the patriarchy. To say that oneself is queer, firstly, is to oppose the heterosexual expectations of the female role, secondly, is to oppose the system of monogamous relationships.
When I was in university, I wrote an essay on sexuality, and my professor promoted it. From then on, I started to do sex education. I didn't really know about LGBT revolution. But by being with friends who share the same values, I fulfilled my self-identification.
I am a Malaysian Chinese, and I'm currently a staff at Los Angeles LGBT Center. I didn't come out to my parents because I'm living in the U.S. while they were in Malaysia. If I just went back and came out to them, it felt like I threw them some burden without protecting them.
As a bisexual, I've suffered some discrimination from within the community. So I wanted to create a diverse space in Hangzhou where everyone can express themselves.
My ex-boyfriend had a fake marriage with a lesbian, and it was a a real shock to me. I think it is because the society is intolerant that he had to do this way. So I decided to stand out and do something.
I started to have crush on girls from elementary school. I never regard being lesbian as a problem.