Greener Pastures for the Rainbow Spectrum

loading A participant at the Seoul Queer Culture Festival, which is an annual modern Korean festival.

“I didn’t identify as a gay man until I was 23 while attending college here in the US,” says John Ong, founder of the much-loved Penang Hokkien Podcast. “I remember being drawn non-sexually to men as early as seven or eight. As I got older, I think those were the first signs of my orientation.”

Ong recalls telling his parents that he was much too shy to get married, and that having a wife was not his thing. “It was more about the idea of being romantically involved with a girl that isn’t quite natural to me.


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