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Bollywood Ken’s Queer, South Asian Burlesque

Bollywood Ken’s Queer, South Asian Burlesque:

Whenever you’re one of the few, or the only person from a certain ethnic/social group in a particular scene, you inadvertently become the representative for the entire culture — which is a very tough position to be in, but I’m owning it — that’s

Leslie Cheung: Asia’s gay icon lives on 15 years after his death

Leslie Cheung: Asia’s gay icon lives on 15 years after his death:

[Content note: homophobia, suicide]

Born in 1956, Leslie Cheung was one of Hong Kong’s most famous stars during the golden era of Cantopop in the 1980s. He was dashing, stylish and fitted the public idea of a perfect heterosexual

Invisible Footprints Brings Queer Asian History to Life Through Art, Clay, and Community Dialogue

Invisible Footprints Brings Queer Asian History to Life Through Art, Clay, and Community Dialogue:

Last year, Invisible Footprints curated an exhibition at the Ontario College of Art and Design that featured seven contemporary queer and trans Asian artists’ reflections on the theme of queer Asian history. This year, the group

A Little Bit Like Worship: An Interview with Elaine Castillo

A Little Bit Like Worship: An Interview with Elaine Castillo:

In her debut novel America is Not the Heart, Elaine Castillo writes about a Bay Area that is rarely represented in our culture: a home of working class immigrants. It’s a Bay populated with rundown malls and Filipino restaurants

artoffreddieniem-blog: 【新加坡的“粉红圆点Pink…

artoffreddieniem-blog:

【新加坡的“粉红圆点Pink Dot”10周年】💕为表达支持同性恋者等少数群体、提倡多元包容,新加坡/国际级摄影大师/导演 Leslie Kee 纪嘉良 以《Out In Singapore》为题,拍摄了150 幅肖像(包括CP)都是公开自己 LGBTQ身份的知名人士,成功地举办了大展。我选了18幅CP,让大家学习和欣赏💕

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Inside ‘Hungama’, an LGBTQ+ Bollywood Night in an East London Strip Club

Inside ‘Hungama’, an LGBTQ+ Bollywood Night in an East London Strip Club:

The brainchild of London-based fashion and art curator Ryan Lanji, Hungama – which loosely translates to ‘chaos’ or ‘uproar’ in Urdu – was born after he noticed the lack of spaces and club nights allowing queer South Asian

Diary Entry #31: Breaking Free from Helplessness

Early on in therapy, my shrink told me to read about “learned helplessness,” a condition in which a person suffers from a sense of powerlessness, arising from a traumatic event or persistent failure to succeed. This failure is conditioned, meaning that a person learns to “give in” or “give up”

Transcript:As a disabled person, I’ve always felt a keen sense…

Transcript:

As a disabled person, I’ve always felt a keen sense of justice and drive to do what is right and to challenge systems of violent oppression. And because I am disabled and queer and [an] East Asian person of color, I understand particularly what it is to be multiply marginalized

UsToo: A #MeToo Conversation with Five Asian American Writers

UsToo: A #MeToo Conversation with Five Asian American Writers:

Karissa Chen: I want to go back to something Ching-In mentioned earlier, about how they experienced more harassment when they presented more femme. I think absent from a lot of the #MeToo conversation is how non-cis experiences and/or perceived gender/sexuality plays

With You: Queer & Trans Koreans Surviving Violence

With You: Queer & Trans Koreans Surviving Violence:

QYUL (귤)—a queer/trans workgroup of KACEDA [Korean American Coalition to End Domestic Abuse]—started as a small group of friends talking about the ways queer and trans Koreans are erased from conversations about both Korean community and domestic violence. As queer, nonbinary and

The Gay Breakout Star of ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Talks the Future of Queer Asian Representation

The Gay Breakout Star of ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Talks the Future of Queer Asian Representation:

You mentioned that Oliver’s queerness made him an outsider to his family. As someone who was born and raised in the Philippines, did you feel a similar outsiderness while growing up due to your own

Meet Vardaan Arora, The India-Born Singer Calling for Queer South Asian Representation in Music

Meet Vardaan Arora, The India-Born Singer Calling for Queer South Asian Representation in Music:

Pop singer Vardaan Arora is disappointed with the state of diversity in music. The India-born singer said in an interview with Billboard that while watching this year’s Grammys, he didn’t see any representation from people like

I was a metaphor until I wasn’t

I was a metaphor until I wasn’t:

“City Ballet Outreach. I’m teaching them how to fall without hurting themselves,” the dancer Vivian says, in the 2004 romantic drama Saving Face. “Here. I’ll show you.”

It’s totally letting go, she explains. Across her the character Wil crosses her arms. “I’m sorry. I

‘I’m not one to hide’: Yukiya Terai shows pride in both his sexuality and his skill as a chef

‘I’m not one to hide’: Yukiya Terai shows pride in both his sexuality and his skill as a chef:

“Being known as the ‘gay’ chef doesn’t bother me, but that’s just me. I’m not one to hide,” says [Yukiya] Terai, whose good looks and public profile have made him a

Dishes and Desire in DC

Dishes and Desire in DC:

I was sitting down in a corner of a club with a man I’d met just fifteen minutes earlier when, in the dimly lit room with deafening music in the background, I vaguely heard a voice traveling from the other side of the table: “I

Crying in H Mart

Crying in H Mart:

H Mart is freedom from the single-aisle “ethnic” section in regular grocery stores. They don’t prop Goya beans next to bottles of sriracha here. Instead, you’ll likely find me crying by the banchan refrigerators, remembering the taste of my mom’s soy-sauce eggs and cold radish soup.

Singer Rina Sawayama Is Ready to Rep Her Pansexuality

Singer Rina Sawayama Is Ready to Rep Her Pansexuality:

Feted by Vogue, the Guardian, The Fader, and Noisey, Sawayama first burst onto the scene as a tangerine-haired, cyberpunk-influenced musician slash model. Tracks like “Cyber Stockholm Syndrome” and “Where U Are” explored romance and alienation in our internet-obsessed society to critical

From an interview with the photographer, Tommy Kha:In Tommy’s…

From an interview with the photographer, Tommy Kha:

In Tommy’s teenage search for identity, the camera became a tool to signify rebellion and outline difference. “I picked up the camera at the same time I started realising I was gay,” he explains. “My family is culturally homophobic and I think subconsciously,

From an interview with the artist, Jay Cabalu:What experience or…

Godfrey. Collage on Canvas with Resin. 18″ x 24″, 2015

A Tension. Collage on Panel with Resin. 24″ x 48″, 2016

Vortex. Collage on Panel. 36″ x 36″, 2017

Reconciliation. Collage on Panel. 40″ x 24″, 2018

The Count of Monte Cristo. Collage on Panel. 48″ x 36″, 2018

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Diary Entry #30: Gay, Asian, and Aspie

thegaysiandiaries:

Dear Diary,

I really wonder if I am truly my only kind around here.

It’s rare being able to find other people who are gay and Asian like me. But it’s even rarer to find someone who is gay AND has asperger’s like me. I thought it was tough

Danny Cortez, a Southern Baptist Filipino pastor shares how God…

Danny Cortez, a Southern Baptist Filipino pastor shares how God was working in his life 20 years before he eventually came public as fully accepting LGBT people.  Cortez is head pastor at New Heart Community Church in Greater Los Angeles, speaking at The Evangelical Network Conference in Irvine, CA.

I had

8 Questions for Ken Fong of “The Ken Fong Project”

8 Questions for Ken Fong of “The Ken Fong Project”:

From an interview with Ken Fong, a moderate Baptist pastor and subject of the documentary The Ken Fong Project. The documentary covers his journey as he reconciles his beliefs with the way gays and lesbians are being treated by his

In this video, Holland, who is the first openly gay idol to…

In this video, Holland, who is the first openly gay idol to debut in the Korean music industry, chats with some friends:

Hong-min: How did your family react when you debuted?

Holland: My dad cried a lot when I debuted […] because he wasn’t aware of it. He found out through reading

“It gets better,” but for Asian Americans, coming out can also get complicated

“It gets better,” but for Asian Americans, coming out can also get complicated:

[Le Tang and her mom] raised their voices at each other. Her mom called her “broken” and “tainted.” Tang started to cry. She had always been close with her mother, the undisputed matriarch of their family, from

10 Questions You Always Wanted to Ask a Gender Fluid Person

10 Questions You Always Wanted to Ask a Gender Fluid Person:

What does being gender fluid mean?

To explain it in a binary sense, I feel sometimes like a boy and sometimes like a girl. Sometimes like a girl and sometimes like a boy. And sometimes like both. And sometimes like

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