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“Born this way”: a Chinese company launches a “coming out” kit for homosexuals

ByLinda W. Smith

May 23, 2022

For queer people, coming out to family and loved ones is perhaps one of the most daunting tasks.

They find themselves plagued by questions such as “Will they accept me and my sexuality?” »… « How can I start the conversation? “.

For young people in China, the conversation is perhaps even more difficult. The subject of “sex”, heterosexual or not, remains a taboo in this deeply traditional country, and coming out of the closet is not easy.

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But now, a Chinese company called Trueself is trying to ease the journey to self-acceptance.

The organization launched a kit called “A Journey to Trueself”.

It includes step-by-step instructions on how to talk to people about their sexuality.

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Available for $15, it comes with a deck of 50 cards that can help initiate and ease uncomfortable conversations. These cards feature 50 frequently asked questions from parents and testimonials from other queer people who have opened up to family and friends.

The Trueself kit will not be a one-size-fits-all package, says Hu Zhijun, its creator. Instead, the kit will be a “gift to discover your true self,” he told Sixth Tone.

Hu, who before the pandemic used to organize meetups for the LGBTQ+ community, had the idea to create this kit, following many conversations like “how to start the conversation with my mother/dad/parents? “.

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While this is certainly a positive step in starting the much-needed conversations and spreading self-acceptance, in a country where the minimum hourly wage is $3.90, the $15 kit is not exactly accessible to all.

What do you think: is this just rainbow capitalism i.e. commercialization, banking of the LGBTQ movement or is this a positive change?

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