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North Korea’s only openly gay defector finds love in lockdown

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North Korea’s only openly gay defector is engaged. Jang Yeong-jin, 62, met his American fiancée on a dating app and now they have decided to tie the knot.It is a far cry from the first three-plus decades of Jang’s life where he lived in an oppressive State and was trapped in an unhappy marriage with a woman.“I couldn’t lay a finger on my wife,” he told the BBC. “I went to so many hospitals in North Korea because we thought that I had some sort of physical problem.” It turns out he was gay but actually didn’t know it because of North Korea’s cruel authoritarian regime. “As there is no concept of homosexuality, there is no awareness of the issue.

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