Life is never easy when you are alone in a foreign country, let alone if you are a lesbian in Hong Kong, where the lesbian scene is preciously rare. In a city like Hong Kong, where people come and go so quickly and going out for drinks is almost the only option if you want to meet, how did Lee Harlem Robinson manage to lead a promiscuous life? Fridae’s reporter Tony Ed Lo speaks with Hannelore Arbyn, the person behind the story.
Rumour has it transsexuals don't usually live past 50, so Abigail Chay, a Singaporean transgender comedian now 52, treasures every second she is given. Fridae.asia's Hong Kong reporter Tony Ed Lo meets Chay and Angus Chan, who play Abigail in the musical that recently ended its run, and finds out how her life story came to inspire a musical staged by a newly founded Hong Kong-based group, a&g production.
Inspired by the '70s hit Hong Kong girl band duo Chopsticks Sisters, Perry Chiu Experimental Theatre presents Chopsticks, the first lesbian-themed musical in Hong Kong. Fridae's reporter Tony Ed Lo talks to the show's producer, director and one of its leads, Perry Chiu about how the sisters' relationship evolves from friendship to love via music.
Fridae's reporter in Hong Kong Tony Ed Lo meets Fan Popo, this year's HKLGFF Prism Award winner and one of the faces behind the Beijing Queer Film Festival; and John Badalu, the founder of the Q Film Festival in Indonesia who share the challenges of organising their respective festivals.
The dress code this year is "Sexy and Act Out". Despite this, only a handful of drag queens and a few topless "cowboy-bears" in leather tights were spotted. Although Fridae's reporter Tony Ed Lo overheard negative comments from the bystanders about inappropriate outfits, others complained that there weren’t enough hot shirtless men on display.