A lesbian masseuse who claims to have treated hundreds of lesbians in the U.S. and Canada has gone public with her experiences with the sexual health industry.
Shihano Wang is an assistant masseuse and the owner of the lesbian massage company, The Shihana.
Wang was a professional masseuse before coming out to her parents when she was in her early 20s, she told BuzzFeed News.
She said that she has treated hundreds, including many lesbians, and that she was surprised to discover that many of her clients were “really upset” with the “exclusionary” practices that she had encountered.
She told BuzzFeed that she first began to feel uncomfortable about being lesbian in 2003, when she went to a gay bar in New York City.
She described how she felt “completely isolated and alone.”
“It was like a new world,” she said.
“I felt that there was no place for me.”
Wang said she found that her experience was different from many other women in the industry.
“In many ways, the gay men and women were able to be more open and accepting of me,” she told Buzzfeed.
“And they were able [to] treat me in a way that I didn’t have to feel embarrassed about.
And I felt like I was allowed to be myself.”
Wang did not disclose her identity in the article.
But in her book, “The Shihanna,” which was published in October, she described her experiences as “a lesbian masseur.”
Wang was also an advocate for gay rights and anti-bullying efforts, according to BuzzFeed News, adding that she saw “a lot of people’s experience in the gay community [as] very problematic.”
Wang, who said she was “struggling with a lot of depression,” told BuzzFeed the most challenging thing for her as a lesbian in the lesbian community was the lack of support.
She was told that “sexual abuse was never talked about,” and that lesbian sex was seen as something that “would not be done by men,” Wang said.
She added that the gay communities response to lesbian sex had “never been this negative.”
Wang has said she feels safe now in her business because she is now part of the community.
“There is this sense of support and compassion and understanding,” she explained to BuzzFeed.
“It’s very nice to be able to talk to someone that you care about.”
The Shinaana, which is now run by Wang’s husband, says that “we do not discriminate against any member of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community,” and the company is committed to “building an environment that is welcoming and inclusive of all of our customers.”
Wang told BuzzFeed she would continue to “support the LGBTQ community and fight for the rights of lesbians.”
“I believe in equality,” she added.
“This is something I can do and I want to do for as long as I can.
And if it takes me 20 years, I’m going to be there.”