Biofrost comes out as gay, critiques gaming industry for sexism and homophobia2022-05-08 11:01:00
Team Dignitas support Vincent "Biofrost" Wang came out as gay on his social media. He wrote a lengthy post on Twitter, describing his childhood problems and experience in the esports industry. Here's his full message.
I'm gay. I've struggled with my personal identity my entire life. While my parents were working in China, I moved around a lot from homestay to homestay, which is basically where you live in a stranger's home. At the age of 8, I was bombarded with homophobic and sexist remarks at home, and whenever I did something that wasn't "manly," I was told, "Why are you acting like a girl?" and to stop being "gay." I was hyper-conscious of how I should act and tried not to act or sound "gay," but I was still constantly bullied at school for it. No child should have to feel like they don't belong.
Biofrost wasn't too kind to the esports community. He called it "rampant with sexism, prejudice, and homophobia" and explained that he didn't want to reveal his homosexuality for a long time in fear of losing his place.
Working in the video game industry hasn't helped matters either. On almost every team I've been on, I've heard homophobic comments from either my teammates or the staff and felt uncomfortable, even borderline afraid of possibly losing my job if I told the truth. I'm at a point in my life where I've accepted who I am, and it's taken me a long time to get there. My story is not unique. The gaming industry is rampant with sexism, prejudice, and homophobia. I don't believe there's a quick fix, but it starts with us holding ourselves to a higher standard and treating everyone with dignity. We need to educate people in esports of proper conduct within the workplace.
I'm not making this announcement because I owe everyone the details of my personal life, but because I want there to be more awareness about the problems our community faces. Thank you to my parents and friends who have made me feel like I belong. You are the real ones.
His Twitter message got over 160 likes and 11k retweets. A dedicated Reddit thread gathered over 22 upvotes and 2.5k comments in less than 24 hours. People supported his move with warm words and shared their own troubled stories. Vincent thanked the audience on Twitter.
Chinese-Canadian 25-year-old Biofrost has been playing professionally since 2015. He spent most of his time in TSM, winning four LCS splits in different years. By the end of 2011, he moved to Dignitas.