Sun, Jan 31, 2016 - Page 12 News List

Taipei Watcher: Gone but not forgotten

The story of Yeh Yung-chih, also known as the Rose Boy, has been used as an example to teach people about the importance of tolerance, respect and acceptance

By Eddy Chang  /  Staff reporter

A report about the video became the most-read story on the Liberty Times’ (the Taipei Times’ sister newspaper) Web site, and many remain curious about the events surrounding the unsolved death.

The documentary shows Yeh’s mother giving a speech in 2010 at the Kaohsiung LGBT Pride Parade (高雄同志遊行), where she encouraged participants who faced similar experiences to be brave.

“Don’t cry kids, because it will make us look cowardly,” she said. “We haven’t done anything wrong, and we are fighting for our rights.”

Unfortunately, neither Taiwanese officials nor the general public seem to have learned much from Yeh’s death, while teens who don’t conform to gender stereotypes are bullied everyday.

Even going to the toilet at school could be a nightmare for them.

Yeh would have turned 31 if he were still alive and could have become the chef that he had always dreamed of being.

As Tsai said at one of her Taipei concerts: “We are always looking for acceptance by others and have been taught what is ‘normal’ while forgetting to tolerate others.” The Taipei Watcher highly recommends this inspiring documentary, and hopefully Yeh’s tragic story can serve as a lesson so that a tragedy like this will never happen again.

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