Fighting for minorities within minorities

“I was born in silence and have stayed in silence since then. I have fought against the traditional norms of the Chinese society just to be an ordinary good person. Even though I cannot hear anything, it is not as important to me as you might think. Instead of trying to live in the world of sounds, I keep fighting to contribute to the society with all my capability. I can do it and I promise you that you can too.”

Stacey was born deaf. When she was young, her family introduced her to a man that she was supposed to marry. They had a daughter who can hear and which Stacey loves very much. After she realised her romantic preference, she applied for a divorce and started dating women. She identifies herself as a “pure” lesbian, which is a Hong Kong term referring to a woman who has romantic preference for other women regardless of their gender performances. In other words, it means that Stacey is attracted to masculine, feminine, androgynous or gender fluid women. Her 13-year-old daughter has gradually learnt to support her. She says: “As long as mum is happy, I am happy too.” Stacey has been working as a barista for 3 years and is active in Hong Kong’s LGBT movements. Many social movements are hard for Stacey to join because many organizers count only with followers who can walk and hear. Even though there was not a sign language interpreter, she has participated in Hong Kong’s Pride Parade for more than 3 years.

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