Being Closeted in Hong Kong and Singapore

Being Closeted in Hong Kong and Singapore

For the closeted gay man, or lady for that matter, life can therefore be very stressful, very fraught. Keep your head down. Make sure no-one sees you out with your boyfriend or girlfriend. Double check that no-one is unduly watching you (especially in Singapore).

Are all Gays “Boys” in Vietnam?

Are all Gays “Boys” in Vietnam?

I don't need to give you any deep insight to the meaning of the word “gay.” I think most people will know that it has the archaic meaning of “happy.” When “gay” started to be used in English to mean “homosexual,” it was eventually exported as such to the rest of the world. “Gay” for “homosexual” is now a common word in many languages like German and Japanese and also now in Vietnamese. However, in Vietnam, the words “gay” or “boy” do not always mean the same thing.

Gay Asian-American Filmmaker Hieu Tran

Gay Asian-American Filmmaker Hieu Tran

…I ran across an intriguing pic of two very handsome, well-built, topless young men in a confrontational pose. One was Asian the other Anglo. Upon clicking on the image, it turned out that it was a still photo from the trailer of a short film called, Squared (2013). It was very intriguing in that it is about what happens when an Asian guy and an Anglo guy get together for a one-night stand. (Hint: the Anglo guy gets schooled.) …it concerned a subject with which I could very much identify – racial stereotyping.

A Woman with Balls

A Woman with Balls

Little did Angel know that her seeming ridiculous hatred towards me was mutual. Brought up in a Catholic family and straight from a Catholic high school, I had a secret prejudice against cross-dressers. To me, they did not have to go as far as dressing and acting like women to rub it in people’s faces that they do not identify themselves as men. To me, I was better than Angel and the countless other transgenders who slave themselves in beauty parlors. And I let this unspoken pride and prejudice thrive in my chest, even as I talked face to face with her. I didn’t know any better.

Think Nepal: Help if You Can

Think Nepal: Help if You Can

In some ways, the Nepalese approach to life and death, and in this case, tragedy, are very different than that of most westerners. Some might say their outlook is stoically admirable in a general sense.

The overwhelming majority of the people in Nepal practice Hinduism, with beliefs in karma (action, intent, and consequences), Dharma (duties, ethics), Samsara (the continuing cycle of birth, life, death and rebirth), and Moksha (liberation from samsara or liberation in this life), as well as the various Yogas (ways to attain Moksha).

Nevertheless, a tragedy is a tragedy, and we, as a global community, owe it to them (Dharma), and to ourselves (karma), to help our fellow humans whenever and wherever we can, with donations, large or small, with whatever we can afford. Please give if you can. Below is a link where you can choose for which organizations you would like to donate.

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.