In ancient China, there was a famous emperor,
汉哀帝 （Emperor Ai of Han), who may be the first (and only) gay emperor of China!
He had a relationship with a minor official, Dong Xian, which power grew as their relationship developed. Eventually, when Emperor Ai died, Dong Xian was forced to commit suicide.
There is a 成语 which describes the relationship between the two, "断袖之癖"
哀帝 - emperor Ai
董贤 - Dong Xian
袖子 【xiu4zi】- sleeve
枕 - 【zhen3】 - rest one's head on
起身 - here: to get up
不忍 - cannot bear to
惊醒 - wake up with a start
拔剑 - 【ba2jian4】 - draw one's sword
割断 - 【ge1duan4】to cut (off)
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