When Christopher Khor shared that he was a transgender man in Sinagapore's Sunday Times latelast year, he didn't expect the enormous response he received -- or that he would eventually see his story go viral.
Now, amidst the supportive responses -- as well as some outsized ones, including adulation and vitriol -- he has come out on the other side, inspired to keep showing a face of trans men in Singapore, he shared this week with Asian culture magazine Contented.
When Khor's story was picked up by the Times' sister site, STOMP, and first began circulating among Singaporean readers in December 2014, the island nation saw a discussion of trans masculine identities that has rarely occurred. In a profile of Khor, Contented notes the unexpected positive effects the experience had in the 23-year-old activist and TV assistant producer's life -- and the ongoing support it's giving to Singapore's nearly invisible population of trans men.
"The best bit about the story going viral was that people started getting in touch -- other transgender people who didn't know that they were not the only ones," Khor explained to the magazine. "They were mostly young, and struggling with what to do next, or just being open. ... A lot of trans guys that have been reaching out to me seem to be saying the same thing: 'I thought I was the only one.'"
In the months since the Times article exploded, Khor happily shares that trans men in Singapore are starting to find each other and create more community. And they're sure to be aided by Khor's latest project: Some Reassembly Required, a first-of-its-kind documentary that follows several trans men, including Khor, through their transitions.
To hear more from Khor read the entire Contented profile here, and learn more about Some Reassembly Required in the videos below.