Yeh Yung-chih was a junior high school student. Different from other boys in class, he has a more feminine demeanor. Unfortunately, this led to him being bullied and mistreated by some of his classmates.
In April 2000, Yeh Yung-chih left the classroom and headed to the restroom. That day, he didn’t come back to the classroom. Did he skip the class and go home? No, his classmates found him in the school restroom. He lay on the ground, motionless, in a pool of blood, and his pants zipper was undone. He was immediately rushed to the hospital, but he fell into a deep coma and then passed away the following morning.
This heartbreaking incident shook Taiwanese society. People started to have serious discussions about the importance of gender education and the widespread issue of sexual harassment. The Ministry of Education took action and established the Gender Equality Education Committee. This tragic event also inspired various documentaries and books, shedding light on Yung-chih's story and the struggles he faced. Artists like Jolin Tsai also drew inspiration from Yung-chih. She has created music and performances that further ignited public attention and sparked conversations about campus bullying.
Through this heart-wrenching story, it becomes clear how crucial it is to foster a culture of gender equality and prevent sexual harassment. Each and every person deserves respect and equal treatment, regardless of their gender identity or expression. We need to work together to create a safe and inclusive society for the people we love.