Dear Straight People,
Two years on, just for nostalgia’s sake, here are the top 10 most read coming out stories of all time!
10. Jono Kwan
”A pack of them would forcibly pick me up by my limbs, force open my legs and smash what was down there and my tailbone with a metal pole.’
Kicking off this list at number 10 is the inspirational story of Jono Kwan – an Australian outcast with no friends who overcame all of the bullying to become the confident young man that he is today.
Read his story here: bit.ly/JonoKwan
With less than 500 views separating the stories of Amy and Jono, we’ve decided to give a special shout-out to our feature on Amy Tashiana.
Affectionately referred to as the ‘Big Sister’ of Singapore’s trans community, Amy’s inspiring story of how she went from a nobody to becoming a supermodel and an icon of the local LGBT community was one of our most inspiring reads of 2016.
Read the full story here: http://bit.ly/AmyTashiana
9. Theresa Goh
”I’m definitely worried about negative reactions but in the end, I’m more afraid of not doing anything.’
The 9th most popular coming out story is none other than Singapore’s FIRST out athlete; paralympic medalist & 2017 Pink Dot Ambassador Theresa Goh. As the honorary 50th feature of our Out Of The Closet series, we decided to celebrate the milestone by telling her story through a video instead.
8. Scott Lai
‘One of my greatest fears in life, is to live and die and never have made a difference to the world, to my community, to those around me.’
In at number 8 is Mr Scott Lai – the first Singaporean guy to make an appearance on this list.
One of the first coming out stories ever published in the Out Of The Closet series, Scott’s feature article concentrated on his efforts in tackling the HIV/AIDs issue during his University days: http://bit.ly/ScottLai
‘I was called gay, sissy, bapok when I was younger. There were a few times when I told myself to stop being so girly.’
The 7th most read coming out story belongs to the story of how Jerome Alexander Chan was bullied for being feminine during his younger years – something many other gay youths would be able to relate to.
Read the full story here: http://bit.ly/JeromeAlexander
6. Jack Lim
‘Walking on the street, homeless for the first time, I whispered to myself that I will turn this around and build a successful life out of this.’
Taking up the 6th spot is yet again, another shirtless hunk, proving that sex really does sell! But there is a lot more to Jack Lim than his hunky physique.
Outed against his will and forced to drop out of law school, the inspirational story of how Jack Lim beat the odds to become a Talent Business Partner in the world’s largest media agency was so powerful it was shared over 3,000 times on Facebook alone!
Read his inspiring tale here: bit.ly/JackLim
5. Audi Khalid
‘To the young gay boys, don’t buy in to the culture of the popular gay scene. You are your own individual. ‘
In at #5 is the story of Audi Khalid, one of a small handful of openly gay Malays in Singapore.
‘It felt like hell broke loose, and my world crashed.’
The 4th most read coming out story is none other than the heartbreaking story of how Xzavier Shao Wei was outed against his will and forced out of his home to live through the kind of nightmare that haunts many gay youths!
Read the full story here: http://bit.ly/ShaoWei
Patricia: ‘I pray everyday for Sham and my safety. We only want to be safe and not to be harmed for being LGBT.‘
The third most read coming out story also happens to be the most read story of 2016.
Threatened with corrective rape and violently abused by their own family members, this inspiring couple managed to overcome seemingly insurmountable odds to get married in October last year.
Read the full story here: http://bit.ly/PatandSham
2. Lokies Khan
‘It is true when they say that “it gets better”. You just gotta stick around.’
A regular face on Dear Straight People, Lokies’ story of coming out while serving his National Service slowly climbed its way over the years to take the number 2 spot on this list.
Read the story of how a tormented boy bullied in school eventually matured into the confident and fearless man that he is today: bit.ly/LokiesKhan
1. Dustin Sohn
‘ I eventually came to realise that I didn’t need to prove myself to anyone or earn anyone’s respect. I just needed to accept myself.’
The most read story from the Out Of The Closet series is also the first story we ever published!
Dustin Sohn’s relatable tale of self-acceptance struck a chord with many and generated over 2,000 shares on Facebook within a matter of days. What made this feat truly remarkable was that back then, Dear Straight People didn’t even have a Facebook page and was barely scraping 100 views a day!
Read Dustin’s groundbreaking story here: bit.ly/DustinSohn
Thanks For All The Support!
51 courageous individuals. 51 inspiring stories.
Dear Straight People would like to sincerely thank every single person that we’ve featured so far for taking time out of their busy schedules to share their stories with us.
But most of all, Dear Straight People would like to thank each and every one of you for all of the love and support that you’ve shown us. You can read the rest of the ‘Out Of The Closet’ series here.
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