Gou Qi (Pronouns: he / they / 他) is a genderqueer immigrant who has lived in Redmond for many years. They create digital art inspired by traditional East Asian brush painting.
Dealing with stereotypes as a non-Western LGBTQ individual
I had no closet to come out of. My parents were aware of my queerness since I was a child. In retrospect, people outside my friends/family circle treated me unkindly because of their implicit bias, but I had NEVER been called a slur because of my same-sex attraction or gender expression. And I had never heard of anti-LGBTQ violence before I came to the United States.
Books about the history of homosexuality in East Asia
Passions of the Cut Sleeve: The Male Homosexual Tradition in China (Available through the King County Library System)
Love of the Samurai: A Thousand Years of Japanese Homosexuality (Translation of 本朝男色考 – 男色文献書誌 by 岩田 準 Iwata Junʼichi)
The Great Mirror of Male Love (translation of 男色大鏡 by 井原 西鶴 Ihara Saikaku, published in 1687)
“Cat in Taihu Rock”
Digital Mixed Media print