So it’s not really a headcannon, but I guess its called meta? I don’t know exactly, but I have a thought after looking at this post: https://dizzeeshao.tumblr.com/post/160108165197/thedamnstars-shaolin-fantastic-the-lady-killing
(I can’t insert it properly because I’m on mobile.)
Anyway, while I know that I could be off, and I’m aware that Shao being abused contributes to him not being able to be with women, this post made me for just a moment wonder if being gay is something Annie and Cadillac recognized Shao could be as a kid.
Because from a majority of the things I’ve read or watched, lots of non-straight people say they knew early on that they were different, from how people are “supposed to be.” And from seeing it firsthand, I know that within the Black community (although I know it’s not specific to us) Black parents and families have a tendency to take in their child’s behavior and call a kid gay for how they act or talk, but then when they get older and happen to actually be such, the family pretends as if it’s all new. As if they weren’t aware decades before.
And I know that then falls into the side of stereotyping, but do y'all get what I’m trying to say? People will stereotype their kid as early as three or four, because a little boy likes “girl things,” or a little girl keeps saying she’s got a girlfriend. They’ll repeatedly reprimand a kid for “acting gay,” but then turn around and shame and abuse or flat out deny that their kid is isn’t straight if they come out once they’re older.
So what if Shao was a kid who didn’t fit with the “guidelines” of what it means to be a straight boy, so Annie and Cadillac and whoever else in that toxic ass circle, kept calling him names for it? Then added to his sexual abuse, he’s even more conflicted on what it means to simply have feelings for or be attracted to anyone? Because on one hand he grew up learning that liking boys is wrong, yet on the other, he was repeatedly abused by a woman who claimed to want what’s best for him.
So now, based on the moments from pt.2 especially, Shao may never have a moment where he comes out, but I could see his arc being that he doesn’t have to be who and what Annie groomed him to be. I can see him coming to understand that the people who love you will rarely ever hurt or lie to you with the intention to break or control you.