Well, folks, I give you the story of a typical Asian gay man … The Chinese place a high value on sons (and thus masculinity) and the strong sense of community and the tight-knit family settings make coming out extremely hard.

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Editor’s Note: The following article was originally published in China’s Economic Observer. English versions of their articles, and others from top global media, are produced by Worldcrunch.com.

By A Kuai

After he left Tianjin last year, Zhang Xiaobai realized that homosexuals are not “rare birds.”

When he was still in primary school, Zhang (not his real name)  found that he was attracted to boys. Particularly after each Physical Education class, when he looked at the sweat-soaked back of a boy he liked, he felt dazed. The feeling got stronger when he entered high school and fell secretly amorous of a tall and strong classmate. He was always eager to approach him and became very fascinated with the occasional moment of physical contact.

That was in the mid-1990s, when the term homosexuality was far from ordinary in Chinese people’s life. Zhang couldn’t find anyone similar to him, and he thought he…

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