As gay, Asian men, the balance between the image we project at work and the expression of our inner selves may often conflict. Just recently, I spent several hours constructing an aggressively tall Easter bonnet to enter a local contest… While I'm a writer for a trade magazine, I'm not necessarily in the spotlight representing my company; nor am I in a leadership position. That being said, such overt displays of femininity may certainly compromise my ability to move into a leadership role going into the future.
My retort? I have none.
Like in most of Asia, LGBT equality is slow in coming. A combination of “traditional Confucian values and a powerful Christian community” has made the road very difficult for the LGBT community.
So, when Japan's first openly-gay politician, Taiga Ishikawa, 40, heard that Seoul's police banned the Korea Queer Culture (to take place in June 28), he took action, traveling to Korea in early June to support Korea's LGBT community and be part of the festival which is now being allowed to go forward “after a court ruled the ban unjust.”
The Tokyo Rainbow Pride Festival (Festa) is Saturday & Sunday at Yoyogi Park, 11AM to 8PM.
The Tokyo Rainbow Pride Parade starts on Sunday at 11AM at Yoyogi Park.
I’m a lucky bitch. We all wish to be someone different, and I’ve been able to be quite a few different someones.
My birth name is William. I grew up as a squirt in Australia where my sister and I were the lone Asians in our school. Although my friends saw past my brown skin, I noticed the teachers’ suspicious eyes that followed me throughout that time.
Will Taiwan be the 1st Asian nation to legalize marriage equality? It seems that the US Supreme Court decision that legalized marriage equality in America is having ripple effects throughout the world. Even though the US was disappointingly behind 17 other countries in legalizing marriage equality, it nevertheless continues to be a trend-setter and the role model for other countries to follow. Leader of Taiwan's judiciary, Lo Ying-hsueh, said that the government will…
Simon Hunter-Williams, an English professor, who has lived in Korea for the last five years, wants to marry his Korean partner. The problem is, however, gay marriage is not legal in South Korea. While same-sex relationships are not illegal, they are still considered taboo in a country with a significant Christian population.
It’s tough to grow up when you’re gay, especially when you have to deal with people who pester you about it, especially if you speak and move “differently.” You also have to deal with your inner conflicts and questions. The worst part of it is you have to deal with people who don’t understand your situation and feed you with all sorts of crap about sexual morality that only give you guilty feelings.
I've been through that. I grew out of it. I survived. So can you! If you’re young and gay, there are 7 things I want you to know.
A bed is a piece of furniture where you can take respite in, after a hard day’s work to rest your body and mind. It is where you unmask and feel relief from the day’s aches and worries. And, for most gay and bi yuppies (young urban professionals), the same goes for Bed Manila, which continues to become one of the “it” places in Metro Manila’s gay scene. But does it really help to remove one mask only to put on another?
…the LGBT community in Singapore has long lived with the historical burden of British colonialism which instituted its laws reflecting strict Victorian values back in 1819. (Section 377A of the Singapore Penal Code criminalizes all sexual acts between men, even if private and consensual, and even though the prohibition on oral and anal sex between heterosexuals and between lesbians was repealed in 2007.)
Before then, it is fairly likely that Singapore, like most Asian/Malay cultures before colonialism, had been tolerant of sexual minorities. But with the imposition of ultra-conservative British values, Asians who wanted to assimilate and become “civilized,” eventually, over time, adopted strict British sexual moral values. To this day, a strong sense of social conservatism permeates much of Singaporean society. How long will gay Singaporeans have to wait for change?
Which Asian country did you think will be the first to legalize same-sex marriage? Modern Japan? Relaxed Thailand? Catholic-but-tolerant Philippines?
If recent events are any indication, these are all wrong answers. The correct answer might soon be Nepal, one of the poorest nations in the world, perhaps most noted for…