Taiwanese writer and TV host Kevin Tsai said he faces a lonely journey as an openly gay man in the entertainment industry, even 14 years after coming out.
Speaking recently on the Chinese talk show Qi Pa Shuo, Tsai revealed that he has become somewhat of a “mentor” for gay artists who are considering coming out publicly. He admitted that he often advises those who approach him to rethink the decision, worried that they will have to deal with the same negativity and pressure he faced in the industry after announcing his sexual orientation on a television show in 2001, making him the first gay male celebrity in Taiwan to do so.
Tsai, who’s wildly popular in mainland China, also admits to feeling singled out, being one of the few openly gay stars among his peers.
“I wish there could be more people with me, instead of being the only one thriving in the business whenever we speak of homosexuality,” he said during the emotional interview.
“We have to prove to all the parents out there that you won’t die from coming out. Not all who come out will be cornered by society and left with nowhere to go,” he added tearfully.
He concluded by saying: “The only thing I can do is to prove to worried parents who are watching that we are not monsters and we can still live a good life.”
Here’s the video footage of Tsai’s segment on the show.
By Crystal Lau
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