Ng came out as a lesbian last October in a rainbow-clad Instagram post. The 18-year-old has previously declared that she does not consider Chan her father, as he wasn’t involved in her upbringing. But now, the estranged daughter and her 30-year-old girlfriend posted a video to YouTube proclaiming that they have been homeless for over a month due to her homophobic parents.
“We’ve been homeless for a month, due to homophobic parents,” Ng says in the video, reading off a piece of paper. “We’ve pretty much slept other a bridge and other things. I don’t even understand what is going on because we’ve gone to the police, we’ve gone to the hospital, the food banks, LGBTQ community shelters, and all of them just don’t give a shit.” The couple then pleads for help. “So that’s why we’re making this video, because we don’t know what to do at this point.”
Ng was declared missing in February, when her mother Elaine filed a missing person report. The couple has apparently been living in Canada, but Etta hasn’t been seen in school or at work for months. Her mother, who had an affair with Chan in 1998, has previously stated that her daughter has “emotional problems.”
Before the video, the couple was spotted a couple days ago for the first time since February at a service station, where Ng reportedly told the cashier, “I want to find my dad.”
Both homelessness and issues in mental health as a result of homophobia are very real and pervasive issues amongst LGBTQ youth. A 2012 study showed that up to 1.8 million young Americans experience homelessness every year, and 40 percent of them identify as LGBTQ. Thirty-two percent of LGBTQ youth have faced physical, sexual, or emotional abuse at home, while almost half report running away because their family rejected their sexual or gender identitythe other half were forced out.
Apparently, Elaine Ng believes the couple should find jobs if they need money. “Many people in Hong Kong get paid low wages, but they still go to work,” she said. “If they don’t have work, then they’ll film these videos to complain about their parents? How many of these videos would we see in a day then?”
Ng’s mother also condemned her daughter for name-dropping Chan.
“They shouldn’t film a clip telling others they are broke and who Etta’s father is,” she said. “People all over the world work hard and don’t rely on someone else’s fame to get money.”
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