Following the closing of the second Pink Season and the 23rd Hong Kong Lesbian & Gay Film Festival which started in 1989 when gay sex was still a criminal offence, Fridae's Hong Kong Correspondent Nigel Collett looks back at the territory's LGBT history and how far LGBTs have become mainstream including the election of its first gay legislator this year.
Meet Dean Francis and Stephen Davis who are trying to crowd-fund Drown, their hard-hitting micro-budget drama that tells the story of a heroic but homophobic Australian lifesaver to raise awareness about bullying and how young people are affected by "societal values".
About 90 human resource professionals, diversity champions, NGOs and LGBT community leaders attended the second Annual Workplace Diversity conference, which was presented by Aibai and IBM, in Beijing last month.
Following the death of his Filipino boyfriend, Mikee, Hong Kong author and gay activist Anshuman Das detailed how he had coped with his loss, and how his boyfriend's death had transformed and inspired his life in his latest book Always Forever.
Fridae's Hong Kong Correspondent Nigel Collett speaks to Pink Season Coordinator Tay Her Lim and gives readers a preview of the events happening in conjunction with the 2nd annual Pink Season in Hong Kong.
Call Me Kuchu, a powerful documentary about the struggle against Uganda’s "Kill the Gays bill" and which follows several LGBT activists including David Kato before he was murdered in 2011, will be screened at the Freedom Film Festival that runs this weekend in Petaling Jaya (Selangor), Penang on Oct 6 and Singapore on Oct 28.
Inspired by the “Its Gets Better” project in the US, Nicholas Deroose, who had recently returned to Singapore from the US, speaks to Fridae about Our Very Own Stories which will feature 12 Singaporean LGBT individuals.
Although they remain anonymous, some young gay men in Singapore are using social media to share their viewpoints on being HIV-positive. Fridae interviews “Zack”, a 24-year-old gay man who feels like he has been “given a second chance at life” after being disgnosed with HIV and a “full flush” of STDs.
Fridae's Melbourne-based writer Shinen Wong meets Nic and Tim, a couple who recently got married in Australia despite the lack of legal recognition and want to share their story to "put an Asian face to an issue that has been couched as a very ‘Western notion.'"
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer identities are commonly thought of as relatively recent, western, social constructs... but what do we know about non-heteronormative expressions of sexuality in historical Chinese, Korean, South Asian and Southeast Asian cultures?