Moments after Hans How was queerbashed by a gang, two watching policeman taunted him with the possibility of being arrested and imprisoned, and murdered in jail. One of those policemen then pushed How to the ground and spat on him. At the time How was 15 years old, walking from his all-boys’ school to the train station in Kuala Lumpur at around 3 o’clock in the afternoon on his way home. The gang of four young men, one from his class at school, surrounded him, calling him “pondan,” Malaysian slang for “faggot.” Now he’s seeking asylum in the U.S., and helping other LGBT asylum seekers.
August 1 / Daily Beast