On Professionalism and Speaking Your Truth

On Professionalism and Speaking Your Truth

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.

Open Relationships for Gay Asians: Is it an Option?

Open Relationships for Gay Asians: Is it an Option?

“I've never believed in monogamy,” says Richard Wong, a gay Chinese businessman residing in San Francisco part-time with his Anglo-American partner, “but I do believe in love.”

“That sounds like a perfect excuse for an open relationship.”

“Well, that’s either the ultimate solution, or the beginning of the end.”

Gay Japanese Politician Supports Korean LGBT

Gay Japanese Politician Supports Korean LGBT

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.”

What's Up with Guam? (Governor's Illegal Denial of Marriage)

What's Up with Guam? (Governor's Illegal Denial of Marriage)

Heartbroken and infuriated, at the same time, are only a couple of the emotions that many gay couples are feeling right now in the US territory of Guam. On April 15th, the Attorney General of the island nation directed officials to begin processing same-sex marriage applications. These officials refused and after a few days, the Governor declared that there will be no same-sex marriage until it is the “will of the people of Guam.” But, there's a problem with that. The Governor's actions may be technically illegal.

3.AM – Interview with Norm Yip (Part II)

3.AM – Interview with Norm Yip (Part II)

Norm: Most of the most models that were chosen by me were found through the normal channels of Facebook and friends introducing friends to me. With some of the ones where I collaborated with Patryk, we would normally go through the a selection of guys and choose which ones we thought would be suitable to work with. With the guys in bondage, there was no real choice, since I had known them before and the bondage is real. They actually enjoy being tied up.

7 Faces of a Gay Asian Male

7 Faces of a Gay Asian Male

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.

Taiwan – 1st in Asia to Legalize Marriage Equality?

Taiwan – 1st in Asia to Legalize Marriage Equality?

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…

British Expatriate Asks Seoul Mayor for Gay Rights

British Expatriate Asks Seoul Mayor for Gay Rights

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.

7 Things Young Gays Should Know

7 Things Young Gays Should Know

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.