Shane Ng walked through the streets of Hong Kong crying. Walking from one part of the city to another, Ng – then 14 – didn’t know where to go. It was May of 2011. She had just separated with the girl she was dating. Later that night, Ng’s mother scolded her for coming home late and not explaining why she was crying. Ng rushed to her room, slammed and locked the door and within seconds, slit her left wrist. “I don’t talk about [being lesbian] and can’t show [my homosexuality],” she says in Mandarin. While there are are no official statistics, there are about 40 million homosexual males and females like Ng in China, according to a Zhang Beichuan (張北川), a professor at Qingdao University Medical School who noted this statistic in 2012.
July 20 / The News Lens