My Queer Chinese Comrades, in My Mother Tongue
Today tongzhi is seldom used in a political context, if ever: The Beijing LGBT center is called Beijing Comrade Center; 同志村, or comrade village, translates to gayborhood. So yeah, everyone knows what comrade really means—everyone except the president of China, apparently.
I am hungrywhat time is it where is the bathroom .
Do Americans really put milk in their soupAnd are there a lot of gay people?
tongzhicomrade villagegayborhoodEating OutcomradeTongzhimenTongzhimen
we hope you do well
Never have I ever had sex!
Lonely in Shenzhen . . . any dominant femmes nearby?O!My kin!
likesticking a prick in ya so you can have babies!
zishu nuself-combing womenmirror-polishing
pellucid sere gaucherie
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I know that I’m living in a ticking clock, and all of this—dinners with my parents, peaceful conversations—will likely be gone one day.
As euphoric as my queer epiphany felt, I’d had it as my mother lay sick. It felt like I was reentering the world as my mother was leaving it.