In this Aug. 14, 2015, photo, Kim Myung, 23, plays the ocarina, a flute-like instrument, in Samcheong-dong, Seoul, where he often busks to cope with his feelings since he defected from North Korea to the South in 2006. When he reunited with his mother after a perilous, three-year-long escape, she was busy working in South Korea and left him alone at home. Kim met his first love when he went to a Korean public bathhouse in 2006. “Back then I didn’t know the word, ‘gay,’ or what it was conceptually. I just wanted to be his friend and feel the warmth that I missed from my mom,” Kim said. (AP Photo/Julie Yoon)

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