Gay pop star from Singapore, where gay sex is illegal, shares coming out story

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05/16/2019

I remember when I was a kid, I’d hear people calling gays ‘ah gua’ in Singapore. It’s an equivalence of the word faggot or broken wrist. There was a lot of stigma against gays. It was really painful to witness people getting called names. I think the hardest part for many LGBTQIA people in Asia is that we don’t want to reveal our sexuality because it would bring ‘shame’ to our family. And we would never want to inconvenience our families because of our sexuality. But things are changing and people are so much more accepting now. I was really touched that my straight friends hollered and told me that they love me for who I was, that my sexuality doesn’t matter. My super cool cousin’s husband, who lives in NYC, reached out and told me ‘yo, we’re Team Wils forever, now hurry, get your ass back to NYC because we miss you.’

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