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
[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
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
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
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
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”
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
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
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
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
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
“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
“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
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.
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 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,
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
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.
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 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
[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
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