Thursday, September 23

The gay defector who escaped North Korea (and his marriage) and found love at 62

  • Julie Yoonnyung Lee
  • BBC Korea


Image source, Oh Hwan


At 62, Jang has found love and is marrying her American boyfriend.

The unique story of North Korea’s only openly homosexual defector was covered by the international press when he published his autobiography. Now, 25 years after fleeing her country, she tells the BBC about her plans to marry her American boyfriend.

Jang Yeong-jin had never seemed attractive to women. But it wasn’t until her wedding night, at age 27, that this made her life more difficult.

Jang felt intensely uncomfortable. “I couldn’t put a finger on my wife“, remember.

Although the couple ultimately consummated their marriage, the sex was rare.

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