Posted on December 29, 2012 commentaires

365 「GET ON THE FLOOR」 - sorti le 29 décembre 2012 .

Au milieu de toute cette hallyu, voici un boy group vietnamien (!) recommandé par AZN Paris : 365.
Visuellement, la chorégraphie n'est pas (encore) des plus impressionnantes, la photographie est léchée, les looks sont hyper extravagants, un peu sentai sur les bords, les cheveux décolorés, etc. On sent bien l'influence coréenne. Musicalement, c'est très dance, mais alors dance pouffiasse, ça pourrait aisément être chanté par une drag queen ! Alors est-ce de la merde pour autant ? Objectivement... avouons que oui. Mais c'est un produit très pro, ça semble assez original pour le Vietnam (enfin, on ne connais pas la production musicale de ce coin), alors on apprécie 365, un peu.

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Koji Steven 「8Questions: Keni Styles, Asian American Male Adult Film Star」

Posted on December 28, 2012 commentaires

The first time I heard of Keni Styles, one of the first heterosexual Asian male porn stars in America, I felt pride. Because there was someone out there who was breaking the stereotype that Asian males are sexless, effeminate, weird, and/or all of the above. He was proving that Asian American males could be sexy, great lovers, and desired. And he was doing it in the adult film business of all places!

According to Wikipedia, “Styles has been active in pornographic movies since August 2006. He first found steady work in Eastern Europe, relocating to live in both Prague and Budapest. In January 2010 Styles moved to Los Angeles. He is regarded as the first heterosexual Asian male porn star in American pornography as well as the only active European heterosexual male porn star of Asian origin.”

I had a chance to sit down with Keni and ask him a few questions:

1) I was checking out your Wikipedia page and it said that you were the first heterosexual Asian male porn star in American pornography. That can’t be true, can it? Why do you think that is?

I don’t strictly accept this to be true either, before I came to the States I was already aware of other Asian American males doing their thing out here. The likes of Rick Lee and Hung Low and the legend of Dick Ho were all present before me, as well as loads of popular Asian guys in the gay scene. So to discredit anyone of these guys would be false or misinformation, I feel the main reason for the Keni hype simply comes down to the type of performances. Like it or not the industry is driven by hype and to say I received a fair amount of hype is an understatement. I’ve always tried to play it down and remain humble, the fact remains people only seem to acknowledge the mainstream in porn and little light is shone on gay pornstars, POV, personal website and fetish performers. I just happen to really enjoy sex and I dunno, I wanted to do it with the big names.

2) What is the biggest challenge of being Asian American male in the Adult film industry?

My biggest challenge so far has revolved around my immigration process. The industry has been supportive and patient with me and through a 2 year process they never stopped calling and checking to see when I would be legal again to work after my initial permit expired. The process was character building to say the least, it strained my personal relationships, effected my own outlook on reasons for being here when I have a perfectly good career in Europe and I even lost some hair LOL! I went from earning big bucks and flying the Asian flag let’s say, to barely surviving below the poverty line on a long and drawn out battle to simply be accepted by your government. Through self-belief, good standing and I dunno just sheer blind hope… I finally got in.

3) What is your best/worst experience in the industry?

I believe the best is yet to come and the worst was simply a test. There has really been nothing bad I can say about my industry because from every hardship I have learned to gleam something positive and move forward. My observations are that the type of performer I am and what is considered “normal” here in the States are not one and the same. I have come up through the ranks in Europe and done so many scenes that many out here would never even consider. So since I’ve been here it really has been a delight and enjoyable experience when it comes to my actual work experience. No bad experiences, none. All the new people I meet and the scenarios I end up in just keep getting better.

4) Tell us about your new project, Luckyasianguy.com. (Fair warning, might not be appropriate for work)

My luckyasianguy.com project came about when I was at a point of resignation. I knew I had opened the door for more Asian men to represent themselves in the adult biz and yet I just didn’t know how I could assist. Ever since my early days back in ’06 I received hundreds of email about getting in porn and why not more Asians etc. I think my simplistic view on life just rubbed many up the wrong way and I came across as dismissive. So facing the reality of perhaps never working in the States again I decided to convert my original plan. Originally it was a personal website that was all about me and my “lucky” journey, now I wanted to do into a huge Asian guy talent search where I could personally introduce and assist wanna-be Asian males to get their dicks into porn and that hopefully would be my answer to the endless emails and calls for advice. I collected a huge library of my own scenes, just me banging hot porn chicks and of course I would have been happy with just that. However, now having taken time to go back to the drawing board, I’ll still use all my stuff to give my members value for money. However the main focus is now on the reality based episodes that involve one prospect at a time, meeting the guys, introducing them to the process and testing protocols for safe sex in the porn biz and then taking them on set, meeting the girls and finally, doing their very first porn scenes! Various different scenarios, lots of sex tips and advice thrown in for good measure and a real opportunity to be seen and recognized for their talents. Kinda like a Keni seal of approval, I happen to know almost all the directors, agents and many of the girls in the business that could make a new stud’s transition effortless and very enjoyable. I think a huge part of developing great porn performers comes with mindset and attitude to sex as well as understanding of the technicalities of production. So I am aiming to give all my lucky Asian guys the tools they need to go forth and succeed, and even if they don’t make it, I’ll step in and finish the job. It’s raw and educational and entertaining all in one. I wouldn’t trust anyone else to do this because of the scope for ridicule and further damaging of our Asian pride, so creating a relaxed and enjoyable experience is my number one concern in my porn stud breeding ground lol. For the viewer there are also so many break through insights that can benefit guys as lovers at home and in turn I think my small effort will help change a much bigger picture when it comes to negative outlook on Asian male sexuality and more so Asian male self-awareness and confidence. I’m really trying my best to make this project be my sole legacy to the porn industry.

6) Do you have any advice for Asian/Asian American males?

Yes. Self-belief is the key to everything that IS, in your reality. Whatever life you live and goals you aspire to, achieving them simply lies within, in your commitment to your own self-belief. I am tired of hearing about all the plight and suffering, do not resonate with what it is you do not want. The idea that the world is against Asian men because of race is simply that, an idea. It is only made reality through those who choose to believe. Calm down, I am not in denial about racism, I am simply dismissing it from my experience. Trust me, I know that at times this seems so farfetched from your current situation and whatever it be that is blocking you from happiness and success. However, simply believe in what you want. Your time is now and whatever it is you aspire to is well within your grasp, work hard, honest and authentic to one’s self and enjoy the fruits of real self-expression. Free from all ethnic boundaries. Peace out!

To find out more about Keni, visit his website, follow him on Twitter, or Tumblr, or watch some of his videos on YouTube. (Fair warning, some of the content on these pages might not be appropriate for work.)

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Long Yang Club 「Le nouveau Gay Tea Dance !」

Posted on December 16, 2012 commentaires

Retour du Long Yang Club, dimanche 16 décembre 2012, à partir de 18h, pour un gay tea dance (!) au Cud, payant pour l'occasion (?!). « GAY TEA DANCE [...] son Tribal & Tech House [...] DRESS CODE = RED / ROUGE », le flyer... Ouah ! Ça fait légèrement peur, mais bon, le Long Yang Club, même si on en parle peu sur ce blog, est une association asiatique gay « conviviale » historique à Paris, la seule qui subsiste à ce jour, la seule ! Alors respect ! Et puis, il en faut pour tous les goûts, n'est-ce pas !

Long Yang Club 「Le nouveau Gay Tea Dance !」 - posté le 14 décembre 2012.

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Awkwafina 「Peggy Bundy」

Posted on December 13, 2012 commentaires
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Jimmy Nguyen 「Why We Need More LGBT Racial Minority Role Models」

Posted on December 04, 2012 commentaires
I don’t see many people like me in the media. I am gay and a racial minority (and, oh yeah, an immigrant to the U.S.). When I turn on the TV, go to a movie or read the news, I rarely see any LGBT racial minority stars. That’s why it was so powerful in October when HuffPost Gay Voices published a list of 「The Most Influential LGBT Asian Icons」. Luminaries like George Takei and Margaret Cho headlined the crop of 54 gaysians. Somehow, my name managed to make the roster. But the greater honor was what happened next: After seeing me on the list, two young gay Asians sought me out for advice. That reminded me of why the world needs more LGBT racial minorities as role models.

Growing up in the 1970s and 1980s, I saw no gay role models, let alone LGBT Asian icons. Today we live in a time when LGBT people have rising prominence in media, the arts, politics, business and other fields. But most gay and lesbian celebrities are white: Ellen DeGeneres, Elton John, Suze Orman, Neil Patrick Harris and Anderson Cooper. Fictional gay characters also tend to be Caucasian: The entire main cast of gays and lesbians from 「Queer as Folk」, Will and Jack on 「Will & Grace」, and couple Cameron and Mitchell on 「Modern Family」. We’re so appreciative of this rising gay prominence that it’s easy to forget those representations do not reflect the full racial diversity of the LGBT community. (Of course, it’s doubly challenging to get cast for media projects if a performer is a racial minority and gay.)

Beyond the entertainment and media world, the story is similar. In politics and business, gay and lesbian leaders are predominantly Caucasian. Sadly, this is even true within our own LGBT nonprofit groups. In 2008 only 4 percent of executive directors of LGBT organizations were people of color; that figure comes from the Pipeline Project, a group formed to develop LGBT leaders who reflect our multicultural, multiethnic community. It is a far cry from the 36 percent of the U.S. population who self-identify as a racial minority.

Celebrities, icons and leaders are important. They inspire and influence people of all ages — especially young minds. Certainly, LGBT youth of any race can be inspired by Barney Frank and Rachel Maddow. But it is a simple human truth that seeing a successful person who looks like you can provide even more powerful inspiration.

Two young men reminded me of this lesson after The Huffington Post published its list of influential LGBT Asians. First, in early November, I got the following email from a young man in Southern California. (He asked me not to identify his real name, so I’ll call him “Peter.”)

Dear Jimmy,

I recently started following you after reading “The Most Influential LGBT Asian Icons” by JR Tungol on HuffPost Gay Voices... And I have to say that you are amazing and an inspiration and hope!

As a young gay closeted Vietnamese male... Would you give me some advice on coming out to my “old school parents?” How did you come out to your family?


A Young Gay Closeted Vietnamese Male

I was immediately touched because I was once that guy — young, gay, closeted, Vietnamese and unsure of how to come out to parents from “old school” Asia.

I composed a long response to Peter, empathizing how Vietnamese culture, language barriers and parental expectations may make it extra-difficult to come out. I explained that I waited far too long, until my 30s, to tell my own parents. I also revealed what I learned: By not giving my parents enough credit, I cheated myself out of a closer relationship with them than years of being the academic golden boy ever created.

Peter thanked me and even asked for some career advice, because he’d just graduated from college. He then posted my entire response on his anonymous blog so that other people could see my advice. Peter does not yet have enough confidence to come out to his parents, but I hope he does soon.

More recently, a 22-year-old gay man in Indonesia emailed me. (I’ll call him “Tom.”) Tom wrote that he feels isolated, with no friends, and he has not come out to anyone. He asked, “What does real life mean if there is no one you love?” and wondered, “Will I get my true love someday?”

My heart broke when reading this plea for help — because Tom’s challenges as a gay man in Indonesia will likely be even more difficult than if he lived in the U.S. While I could not guarantee that he would find true love anytime soon, I gave Tom much of the same advice that I gave to Peter in Southern California. Most of all I encouraged him to come out to trusted friends and family when he felt it was safe.

As much as I was trying to give advice, I also learned something valuable: Visibility of LGBT racial minorities matters. Those two young gay Asian men tracked me down across email cyberspace because they saw me on The Huffington Post list. While they could have sought advice from anyone, I could speak to them with added credibility because I share their Asian background. For every Peter and Tom, how many more gay Asian youngsters out there want help from an Asian mentor? And how many LGBT people from other racial groups want role models who look like them?

That’s why the world needs more LGBT racial minority role models. Every day, gay and lesbian people of color are ascending in their professional fields. We need to support their continuing efforts to break through historic ceilings. When they succeed, we need to give them greater visibility. Media outlets can help by more frequently recognizing achievements made by LGBT racial minorities.

As a kid, I saw a media landscape devoid of any gays or lesbians, and certainly no LGBT racial minorities. For today’s youngsters, whether they live in Southern California or Indonesia, I hope their view will become far more colorful.

Follow Jimmy Nguyen on Twitter: www.twitter.com/jimmywinmedia

Author: Jimmy Nguyen/Date: December 04, 2012/Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jimmy-nguyen/lgbt-minorities_b_2239139.html

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bEEdEEgEE feat. Lovefoxxx 「Flowers」

Posted on December 02, 2012 commentaires

bEEdEEgEE feat. Lovefoxxx 「Flowers」 - from『SUM / ONE』released on December 02, 2013.

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「Glee — Thanksgiving」

Posted on December 01, 2012 commentaires

À l'occasion de leurs fameux sectionals (jamais trop bien compris), 「Glee」 s'attaque au phénomènal 「Gangnam Style」 de PSY ! Et c'est Tina Cohen-Chang, interprété par Jenna Ushkowitz, qui s'y colle. Une vraie performance pour l'actrice, car bien qu'elle soit née à Séoul avant d'être adoptée, elle ne parle pas le coréen.

Glee 「Gangnam Style」

Le site Kaede + Jun souligne le fait qu'une chanson entièrement chantée en coréen puisse être diffusée sur un network national.
What’s impressive is that not only do the students sing the song entirely in Korean to the crowds, but that it’s on this show, broadcasted to all of America, without any subtitles or any pretext. It just assumes you know the song and who sang it, and what country it originated from. No subtitles, no explanation. Just a little joke here and there (“Let’s review this one more time. Maybe we’ll be the 500 millionth viewer.”) but otherwise, you’re supposed to know the song and the dance.
Bon, c'est peut-être oublier que PSY à fait le tour des télévisions américaines et s'est même produit aux American Music Awards 2012. Le (bon) site Critictoo se montre beaucoup plus circonspect et dit à ce propos : « La reprise n’est ni excellente ni inspirée, mais merci à Tina de faire l’asiatique de service pour ce qui devrait être son seul lead de la saison. » Sarcastique, mais loin d'être faux !
On comprend mieux l'allusion à la lecture de 「“Do I Look Korean?”– Glee’s Jenna Ushkowitz and ‘Gangnam Style’」 sur Melanin Media Maven. L'auteur y critique les auteurs de 「Glee」 et leur manière d'utiliser (ou pas) leur(s) personnage(s) asiatique(s) :

« [...] Elle sait pourquoi elle a été choisie pour chanter cette chanson. C'est parce qu'elle est le choix le moins controversé. Elle est asiatique. Elle est née en Corée du sud. Et dans le monde de 「Glee」, c'est suffisant. Le show est toujours soumis aux invectives pour tous types de choses, et c'est ainsi qu'il se couvre. [...]

Les auteurs de 「Glee」 n'ont jamais été capables d'écrire pour les femmes de couleur sans se reposer sur le contexte culturel ou ethnique de l'actrice. (Il est intéressant de noter qu'un autre personnage, Mike Chang (Harry Shum Jr., ndt) a été confirmé comme étant américain-chinois et a même bénéficié d'une backstory, tandis qu'il n'en a jamais été le cas pour Cohen-Chang, un des personnages principaux) Ushkowitz est une artiste de Broadway accomplie, pourtant son personnage a toujours été réduit à son apparence. Sa relation aux autres également, et Tina a reçu plusieurs surnoms au fil des saisons comme "Asian Horror Movie", "Harujuku Girl" ou juste "Asian". [...]

Je devrais me corriger ; les auteurs de 「Glee」 sont incapables d'écrire pour les gens de couleur, point. Chinois, coréen, japonais, c'est la classification sommaire des asiatiques dans le monde de 「Glee」, et vous devez aller où vous pouvez. Vous savez quoi, messieurs les auteurs ? C'est plus complexe que ça.

Bravo à Ushkowitz pour vraiment essayer de faire de son mieux avec une chanson et une langue qu'elle avait une semaine pour apprendre. Il est contrariant que le show l'ait clairement utilisée pour sauver son postérieur culturellement ignorant, pourtant je frissonne à l'idée de ce qui serait arrivé s'ils ne l'avaient pas fait. »
[...] She knows why she was chosen to sing this particular song. It’s because she was the least controversial choice to do so. She is Asian. She is South Korean by birth. And in Glee-world that’s good enough. Glee comes under fire for things all the time, and here’s where it has covered its bases. [...]

The writers of Glee are perpetually unable to write for women of color without falling back on whatever the actress’ cultural or ethnic background may be. (It’s interesting to note that another character, Mike Chang has been confirmed as being Chinese-American, and even received a backstory, while main player Cohen-Chang never did.) Ushkowitz is an accomplished Broadway performer, yet her character’s identity has always been wrapped up in her appearance. This characterization rings with others as well, and many of the characters coined nicknames for Tina over the seasons that include "Asian Horror Movie", "Harujuku Girl" and just "Asian". For the record, ‘harujuku’ is a word actually related to Japanese culture. [...]

I should correct myself; the writers of Glee are unable to write for people of color, period. Chinese, Korean, Japanese, it’s all given the broad point-blank classification of Asian in Glee-world, and you must fit where you can. Guess what, writers? It’s more complex than that.

Kudos to Ushkowitz for really trying to do her best with a song and language that she had one week to learn. It’s upsetting that Glee clearly used her to save their culturally-uninformed behinds, yet I shudder to think what would have become of it all had they not.
Voilà, sorry pour la traduction littérale !

Outre le tube planétaire, on entend également 「Fantastic Baby」 de BIGBANG (!), mais en musique de fond, durant les entraînements de danse. That's offensive!
Enfin, rien à voir, mais parmi les nombreux guests de l'épisode (i-e Sarah Jessica Parker et les anciens), on notera la présence de Shangela, vue dans 「RuPaul's Drag Race」 !
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Yoko Ono 小野 洋子 × Opening Ceremony
「Fashions for Men : 1969-2012」

Posted on November 28, 2012 commentaires

La collection capsule conçue par Yoko Ono, en partenariat avec Opening Ceremony, est l'évènement fashion du moment ! 「Fashions for Men : 1969-2012」 serait inspiré de croquis réalisés par Yoko Ono pour son défunt mari, vous savez, John Lennon ! Et oui, elle fait encore fructifier son héritage... Mais toujours avec un certain talent. La ligne comprend notamment des vêtements imprimés d'un dessin de fesses — Ou de couilles ? Non ce sont des fesses ! —, de mains baladeuses, ou ajourés de manière assez... euh... coquine, car on le sait, Yoko est une coquine ! Pas super distingué, faut pas être frileux du cul, mais conceptuellement intéressant. Fashionistas, rassurez votre porte-monnaie, aucune chance de mettre la main dessus, chaque pièce étant éditée à 52 unités (!). Trop guedin !

Petit haut en résille, ajouré aux épaules, et rose tant qu'à faire, Butt Hoodie et pantalons avec impression main bien placée, du bon goût, on vous dit !

Costume ajourés stratégiquement (pas mal en fait) et pantalon-transparence-audacieuse.

Brassière pour homme et débardeur avec les tétons lumineux en LED, oui-oui.

Truc à deux sonnettes, 400$, indispensable. Et jockstrap avec LED, 200$, pratique pour la dark room.

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TVXQ 동방신기 「Humanoids」

Posted on November 26, 2012 commentaires

Retour coréen des fameux TVXQ, ou TVXQ! (visiblement, ils on ajouté un point d'exclamation) ou DBSK ou Tohoshinki. Cet ex-quintet devenu duo est toujours aussi populaire dans toute l'Asie, je ne comprends pas vraiment pourquoi. N'est-ce pas une formule trop évidente pour les fangirls adeptes du pairing up ? Bon, j'avoue bien aimer 「Humanoids」 avec son rythme addictif, ce morceau confirmera certainement leur succès.

TVXQ 「Humanoids」 - sorti le 26 novembre 2012.

Ajoutons quelques images de leur booklet, dont j'adore le concept !




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Fan Popo 范坡坡 「Mama Rainbow」

Posted on November 25, 2012 commentaires

Fan Popo 「Mama Rainbow」【彩虹伴我心】- released on May, 2012.

Voici juste le trailer du dernier documentaire du réalisateur chinois gay activiste Fan Popo. Pas sûr qu'on le voit en France, mais ça a l'air très bien !

A gay kid. A fact that Chinese parents are still reluctant to accept. But those mothers are standing by our hearts firmly with their deepest affection, redefining the Chinese family love that is as beautiful as the rainbow.

Affiche par Chen Wenjie

Queer Comrades a mis en ligne la version courte du film :

Fan Popo 「Mama Rainbow」【彩虹伴我心】- posted on September 04, 2012.

For Chinese parents, finding out that their kid is gay usually presents a major tragedy, with the big majority utterly unable to accept the homosexuality of their son or daughter.
However, during recent years a fresh rainbow wind has been blowing over the Chinese mainland: a pioneer generation of Chinese parents has been stepping up and speaking out on their love for their gay kids.
This documentary features 6 mothers from all over China, who talk openly and freely about their experiences with their gay and lesbian children. With their love, they are giving a whole new definition to Chinese-style family bonds.

Director: Fan Popo
Production: Queer Comrades, PFLAG China, Beijing Gender Health Education Institute, China Queer Independent Films

ATTENTION: You can watch the short version of 「Mama Rainbow」 on this website. If you are interested in the full version of the film, please contact us at info@queercomrades.com


出品:同性恋亲友会 / 同志亦凡人 / 中国酷儿独立影像小组 / 纪安德

注意:您这里可以看到 "彩虹伴我心" 的剪辑版。如果您想了解电影完整版的话,请写电子邮件到 info@queercomrades.com

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Ai Weiwei 艾未未 「Caonima Style」
Anish Kapoor and Friends 「Gangnam for Freedom」

Posted on November 22, 2012 commentaires

Anish Kapoor, le célèbre artiste britannique d'origine indienne, se met aussi au 「Gangnam Style」 et invite plusieurs amis du monde de l'art à se joindre à lui ! Une vidéo un peu ridicule entre flashmob et lipdub, mais aussi un message de soutien à Ai Weiwei. La vidéo a été réalisée en collaboration avec Amnesty International pour soutenir plus largement la liberté d’expression en Chine. Anish Kapoor estime que ce biais lui permet d'avoir une réelle voix sur le plan politique. Il faut dire que la parodie fait suite à celle d'Ai Weiwei : 「Caonima Style」. « Caonima » signifie cheval d'herbe et de boue, mais transcrits phonétiquement ça fait « nique ta mère ». Bref, tout aussi critique et très rapidement censurée en Chine. Ah quand la K-pop devient politique !

Anish Kapoor and Friends 「Gangnam for Freedom」 - publié en novembre 2012.

Ai Weiwei 「Caonima Style」【草泥马 Style】- publié le 24 octobre 2012.
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Girls' Generation 소녀시대 「FLOWER POWER」

Posted on November 21, 2012 commentaires

Girls' Generation 「FLOWER POWER」 - from『GIRLS' GENERATION Ⅱ 〜Girls & Peace〜』released on November 21, 2012.

Le Japon doit être un marché vraiment rentable pour les SNSD, qui sortent un nouveau single japonais, 「FLOWER POWER」 donc, et annonce un nouvel album,『GIRLS' GENERATION Ⅱ 〜Girls & Peace〜』.
La chanson est relativement efficace, mais finalement assez quelconque à la longue. Pour le clip, rien d'original, sur une chorégraphie pas des plus éblouissante, les filles enfilent des tenues de motardes sexy ou d'hôtesses de l'air cochonnes. C'est super cheap, vivement leur retour coréen !

Mise à jour : Après plusieurs écoutes, j'avoue que j'adore le morceau ! Efficace et dansant. Et même, j'adore la choré hésitante ! Mea culpa !

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Tristesse Contemporaine 「Daytime Nighttime」

Posted on November 19, 2012 commentaires

Tristesse Contemporaine 「Daytime Nighttime」 - from『Tristesse Contemporaine』released on November 19, 2012.

Directed and edited by Maik and Diane Sagnier

Narumi Hérisson, Leo Hellden & Malik

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Tristesse Contemporaine 「In The Wake」


Tristesse Contemporaine 「In The Wake」 - from『Tristesse Contemporaine』released on November 19, 2012.

Directed and edited by Maik and Diane Sagnier

Narumi Hérisson, Malik & Leo Hellden

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Posted on November 16, 2012 commentaires

Retour de l'AZN le vendredi 16 novembre 2012, toujours au Toro, avec des CD de SHINee et TaeTiSeo à gagner.
Le mois dernier, la soirée s'est visiblement bien déroulé. On a failli la louper vu que ça se passe désormais le vendredi et plus le samedi ! L'ambiance, sans être hystérique, était bonne. Beaucoup de K-pop, on adore toujours. Le lieu est un peu petit et bizarrement foutu, mais bien plus adéquat au ton convivial des soirée AZN.

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Elektra Kotsoni 「Les gays vietnamiens sont toujours aussi amoureux」

Posted on November 15, 2012 commentaires

Il y a trois mois, une centaine d'homosexuel(le)s a traversé Hanoi à vélo, créant une sorte de gay pride vietnamienne, la première que la capitale ait connu. Personne n'a été très étonné, du moins chez nous, depuis notre petit cocon occidental. Ce qui a fait sensation, c'est qu'un jour après la parade, des rumeurs ont commencé à circuler : le gouvernement vietnamien serait en train de considérer la possibilité de légaliser le mariage gay. Considérant que le Vietnam est sous un régime communiste, c'est une information qui mérite de faire la Une.

C'est pourquoi j'ai pris contact avec la photographe Maika Elan, qui a passé un an à prendre des clichés dans l’intimité de couples gay vietnamiens, qu'elle a assemblés en une série intitulée 「The Pink Choice」. Le jour de l'interview, elle m'a posé un lapin, mais je ne lui en ai pas tenu rigueur parce que c'est la Vietnamienne la plus cool que j'aie jamais rencontrée, et en plus elle a une coupe au bol.

VICE : Salut Maika, pourquoi tu m'as posé un lapin ?

Maika Elan : Salut ! Je suis vraiment désolée. Ce matin, je devais aller à l'ambassade de Grande-Bretagne pour mon visa – j’y vais dans quelques jours pour une expo – et au final, j'y ai passé la journée. Je m'y attendais, mais bon...

Je déteste la bureaucratie, donc je te pardonne. Tu peux me parler de ton projet ?

Au Vietnam, il y a un débat sur la légalisation du mariage gay. Si ça arrivait, le Vietnam serait le premier pays asiatique à franchir le pas ; mais je ne pense pas que ça arrive de sitôt. Les gens aiment se dire ouverts d'esprit, mais dans les faits, on constate le contraire. Quand on voit des reportages à la télé, soit les visages sont floutés, soit ils sont filmés de dos. C'est la même chose lorsque le sujet abordé est la drogue, le sida ou un quelconque scandale sexuel. Dans les films, les homosexuels sont soit idéalisés, soit présentés comme des pervers déviants. On ne voit jamais comment sont les gens, en vrai.

Tu es lesbienne ?

Non, mais j'ai beaucoup d'amies qui le sont. Elle le savent depuis longtemps et essayent de vivre en se cachant le moins possible. L’hypocrisie me dérange beaucoup.

T’as déjà été témoin de remarques ou de gestes homophobes envers tes amis ou les sujets que tu prends en photo ?

Rien de très agressif, mais ça reste impossible pour un couple gay – encore plus lorsque que ce sont des hommes – de livrer le moindre témoignage d'affection en public sans qu'un passant ne se mette à les montrer du doigt. C'est vraiment gênant. Par exemple, je suis allée au marché aux fleurs avec un couple que je voulais photographier. Ils se tenaient la main et les gens sont devenus cinglés. Une foule s'est formée autour de nous et nous montrait du doigt en criant : « Non ! Vous ne pouvez pas faire ça ici !»

Pas de gays au marché aux fleurs ? Chelou. Comment tu déniches tes sujets ?

À l'époque, j'étais en contact avec ICS (depuis, leur site a été suspendu pour une raison inconnue), la seule association qui se bat pour les droits de la communauté LGBT au Vietnam. Grâce à eux, j'ai entendu parler d'un hôtel pour homos et lesbiennes à Hong Kong. J’y suis allée. Au début, je faisais très attention à ne prendre que des photos banales de l'hôtel, parce que je n'étais pas sûre que le patron soit très ouvert d'esprit. Mais au final, tout le monde s’est montré bienveillant : certains me demandaient même de venir dans leur chambre pour prendre des photos de couple. C'était génial. De retour au Vietnam, j'ai fait des recherches et j’ai repris contact avec ICS pour leur expliquer mon projet et les convaincre de me mettre en contact avec des gens. J’ai rencontré des couples qui m’ont présentée à d'autres couples, et ainsi de suite. On prenait un café et je les accompagnais toute une journée, parfois même deux jours ou une semaine. Quelques couples sont venus d'eux-mêmes vers moi : pour eux, cette rencontre était l'opportunité de faire leur coming-out familial.

Tes photos sont très intimes. Comment tu réussis à mettre tes sujets à l'aise ?

J'étais moi-même à l'aise. C’est sûrement la meilleure méthode. Mais je remarquais quand même que du seul fait de ma présence, l'énergie que dégageait le couple s’amenuisait. C’était très frustrant pour moi. J'ai dû beaucoup travailler pour pouvoir saisir ces petits instants de laisser-aller, lorsqu'ils oubliaient accidentellement ma présence. Je prenais quelques clichés, puis je m'asseyais dans un coin en faisant semblant d'être absorbée par ma propre activité, afin qu'ils se détendent. C'est là que je pouvais vraiment les prendre en photo.

C'est malin. Est-ce que tu as un couple préféré ?

Un couple d'hommes, mariés avec enfants. Ils sont séropositifs. Leur apparence est une chose que j'apprécie tout particulièrement chez eux. Elle contraste fortement avec leur esthétique générale. Ils sont tous les deux baraqués, couverts de tatouages, de beaux hommes. À côté de ça, leur maison est très romantique, un vrai nid d'amour plein de motifs floraux et de plantes. Ils ont tous deux un passé obscur et ce sont des drogués, mais aussi les personnes les plus aimantes que j'aie jamais rencontrées. Le simple fait de se passer la seringue s'est transformé, sous mes yeux, en geste amoureux. C’est pas très politiquement correct de dire un truc pareil, j’en suis consciente, mais à ce moment-là, j'ai été obligée de dissocier l'acte de ses connotations négatives, et de comprendre que c'était leur façon de se donner de l'amour.

Tu penses que le Vietnam va bientôt autoriser le mariage gay ?

Comme je te le disais, ce n'est pas l'impression que j'ai. Le problème est qu'il n'y a qu'une seule association qui se préoccupe des droits de la communauté LGBT, et c'est ICS. Ils ont un travail monstre. Ils organisent des événements pour éveiller l'opinion publique et font preuve des meilleures intentions, mais les choses n'en sont encore qu'à leur tout début. Il y a quelque temps, ils ont organisé une demande en mariage publique, dans une école, puis ont mis en scène le mariage lui-même. Lorsque j'ai pris contact avec le couple, j’ai appris que ce couple n'en était pas un : c'était juste un coup de pub.

Pourquoi ils n’ont pas demandé à un vrai couple de le faire ?

Peut-être que les vrais couples ont pris peur devant une mise en scène aussi publique. Pourtant, nombreux sont ceux qui ont tenu à ce que je les photographie. Va savoir.

Maika est représentée par MoST. Si vous voulez en savoir un peu plus sur cette agence, allez voir ici.

Author: Elektra Kotsoni/Date: November 15, 2012/Source: http://www.vice.com/fr/read/gay-couples-vietnam-maika-elan-photography

「Photographing the Loving Gays of Vietnam」

Three months ago, about a 100 bike-riding homosexuals pedaled through Hanoi in what would come to be seen as the Vietnamese capital's first ever gay pride parade. Not too many eyebrows were raised by that, at least in our little Western corner of the world; I guess we all thought it was about time those guys on the other side finally celebrated the wonders of crossing swords. What should cause a stir is that only one day after the parade, rumors began to circulate that the Vietnamese government was considering the legalization of same-sex marriage. Considering that Vietnam is still operating under a communist regime, this is sort of newsworthy, don't you think?

I thought so, which is why I got in touch with photographer Maika Elan, who spent last year photographing Vietnam's gay couples in their most intimate moments for her photo series 「The Pink Choice」. She sort of stood me up on the day of the interview, but that's OK because she's the sweetest Vietnamese with a mushroom haircut I've ever met.

VICE: Hey Maika, why did you stand me up?

Maika Elan: Hi, I’m really sorry. I got up this morning to go to the UK Embassy and sort out a visa – I’m visiting in a few days to prepare for an exhibition – and ended up spending the whole day there. Which I should have expected but anyway...

OK, I hate bureaucracy too, so I forgive you. Tell me about your project involving gay people in Vietnam. Why is that an important enough subject to photograph so extensively?

In Vietnam, there is talk of legalizing gay marriage. This would make Vietnam the first Asian country to do so, so it’s a big deal, but I don’t see it happening any time soon. People like to say they are open-minded, but they don’t act like it. For example, every time a story about a gay couple is in the press or on TV, either their faces are blurred or they pose with their backs to the camera. And those stories almost always have to do with drugs, AIDS, or some sort of sexual scandal. When it comes to movies, homosexuals are either idealized or, again, presented as sexual deviants. You never see the actual people. You don’t see that they are real people. I thought it’d be nice to change that.

Are you gay?

No, but a lot of my friends are. And they have known from an early age, and they are trying to live their lives as openly as possible. So the hypocrisy still bothers me.

Have you ever witnessed any expressions of homophobia against your friends or subjects?

Nothing too aggressive, but it is still impossible for a gay couple, especially if they are men, to engage in the simplest displays of affection without passers-by pointing at them. It just gets extremely awkward. For instance, I went to the flower market with this couple I was photographing, and they were just walking around holding hands and flowers, and everyone went berserk. A crowd gathered around us, and people kept pointing and saying, “No, you cannot do this here.”

No gays at the flower market? That's weird. How did you go about finding your subjects in the first place?

I had been in touch with ICS [their online account has been suspended for some reason], which is the only agency for LGBT rights in Vietnam and it was through them that I found out about this gay and lesbian-only hotel in Hong Kong. So I went there, and at first I took great care to only take general pictures of the hotel because I wasn’t sure how welcoming the patrons would be. But it turned out that everyone was very welcoming; people would actually approach me and ask me to take pictures of them with their partners in their rooms. So that was great.

When I returned to Vietnam, I did a bit of research, got in touch with ICS again, explained what I was looking to do and convinced them to get in touch with a few people for me. After that, one couple would just introduce me to another, we would meet for coffee and then I’d follow them around for a day, or two days, or a week. Some people got in touch with me on their own too, seeing their participation as a way of coming out to their families.

The photos are very personal, and I would imagine that by facing so much prejudice these people would be wary of letting a stranger into their homes. How did you get them to feel so comfortable?

I felt really comfortable. Maybe that’s one reason. Still, just by my being there, in their private space, I disrupted their whole energy. Nothing was natural, and that was annoying. I had to work hard for those glimpses of natural moments; the moments when they accidentally forgot that I was there.

Once I entered a house, I would ask them what the favorite room was or what they enjoyed doing together, and then let them go at it while I took pictures. Later, I would say that they could rest and that I wouldn’t be taking any pictures. I would sit in a corner and pretend to do my own thing so they would relax, and that’s when I was really able to photograph them.

Sneaky. Is there one couple you are particularly fond of?

There are these two guys, who are both married with children and are also HIV positive. Their families know about their relationship with each other now, and even though they live with them, they also have a space of their own. And on special occasions, like the lunar New Year, the three families get together and celebrate, which I think is fantastic.

Another thing I love about them is their appearance, which clashes so badly with their general aesthetic. They are both big, strong-looking men, covered in tattoos, but their house is this really romantic, nest-y space covered in floral patterns and flowers. But it’s a case of juxtaposition with them in general. They both have really dark pasts, and they are drugs users. But they are the most loving people I have ever met. Even their sharing of a needle became, in my eyes, a gesture of love. I know this is not the most ethical thing to say, but in cases like this I found I had to try to disassociate such an act from its negative connotations, and assume that this is their own way of expressing their love, not destroying each other.

Do you think gay marriage will be get recognized in Vietnam any time soon?

I don’t really see it happening, no. The problem is that ICS, the organization I mentioned before, is the only agency catering to LGBT rights. They do so much work, hold all these events to raise awareness, and have the best intentions, but things are naturally at their earliest stage. Some time ago, for instance, they staged a public marriage proposal and wedding in a school. When I contacted the couple, in order to photograph them, turns out they weren’t a real couple; it was only a publicity stunt.

That’s the first time I heard of a publicity stunt with a cause. Why did they not get a real couple?

Maybe they couldn’t find people who wanted to come out in such a public way. Then again, there were a whole bunch of people that agreed to be photographed by me. Go figure.

Maika is currently in the process of turning this project into a book. If you cannot wait till then, and you happen to be in Nottingham, she is exhibiting at World Event Artists untill the 16th of September – you should go take a look.

Maika is respresented by MoST. If you'd like to find out more about them you should click here.

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Younique Unit 「MAXSTEP」

Posted on October 31, 2012 commentaires

Younique Unit 「MAXSTEP」 - from『PYL Younique Album』released on October 31, 2012.

Résultat de l'association de S.M. Entertainment et Hyundai Motor Company,『PYL Younique Album』(PYL pour « Premium Younique Lifestyle ») est un disque comprenant les collaborations de plusieurs artistes de S.M. Entertainment, dont BoA et Jessica des SNSD. C'est la première fois qu'une maison de disque s'associe à un constructeur automobile pour sortir un disque.
Pour l'occasion, Younique Unit est un groupe de danse rassemblant : Eunhyuk (Super Junior), Hyoyeon (SNSD), Taemin (SHINee), Henry (Super Junior-M), Kai (EXO-K) et Lu Han (EXO-M) !
La chanson ressemble à 「Keep Your Head Down」 de TVXQ, mais version dubstep ! Le clip est simple mais efficace, centré sur la chorégraphie, tout en tension jusqu'à l'arrivée de Hyoyeon, au dernier tiers de la vidéo, pour un rap musclé. Bref, c'est du costaud !

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JR Tungol 「The Most Influential LGBT Asian Icons」

Posted on October 29, 2012 commentaires
While interning for HuffPost Gay Voices I have, for the past month, had the pleasure of researching, writing and ultimately sharing an LGBT icon every day in honor of LGBT History Month. Though I’ve been fortunate enough to go through grades K-12, college and grad school, I was never taught LGBT history in all those years (California is the only state that requires LGBT history in its curriculum), so this has been an incredible opportunity to recognize and educate myself on these extraordinary human beings. When I was in the closet, I relied solely on gay media as my source of information on LGBT people, issues and stories. Where I am in my life now, having grown up a bit (there’s still some growing up to do!), and having come out to my parents at 22 and lived in wonderful cities like Chicago and New York City, I still find myself constantly intrigued by our community, yearning for more knowledge about things like the Stonewall riots, the origins of Pride and, honestly, how RuPaul become such a fierce queen. Each icon I’ve discovered has instilled in me a sense of pride and even greater hope in the upswing of our civil rights movement.

HuffPost Gay Voices Senior Editor Noah Michelson reminded me to make sure that we reflect the diversity within our community when choosing our LGBT history icons for the month. That includes lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender men and women and LGBT people of color. So as we started compiling our list of people, I, for the life of me, could only think of George Takei to represent the Asian LGBT community. This disappointed me, because I’m a first-generation Filipino American. I felt like I should know more. (Maybe my Asian card, or more specifically my “gaysian” card, should have been taken away.)

So here’s what I came up with: 54 LGBT Asians — count ’em! — in media, the arts, fashion and politics. From familiar faces such as Margaret Cho and BD Wong to perhaps lesser-known individuals such as Urvashi Vaid and Kim Coco Iwamoto, there are certainly many Asians in the LGBT community for us “gaysians” — and everyone else — to look up to.

While I absolutely love our icons and admire the progression of LGBT rights and visibility here in the U.S., including the growing number of gay couples in mainstream television, I can’t help but notice that virtually none of them are people of color. Rob Stephenson, professor of global health at Emory University and a fellow with the OpEd Project, points out this very fact in a blog post for The Huffington Post. Although he specifically talked about the lack of black gay couples on television, the issue resonates with other racial minorities.

Cuc Vu, the chief diversity officer of the Human Rights Campaign (and someone featured in this list), talks about “gayness” being equated with “whiteness.” Vu says:

Our diversity is one of our greatest assets and we must showcase it if we want to dispel the perception that gay is white. LGBT people come from every walk of life, but most people wouldn’t know it by what they see and read. The prevailing images of LGBT people are celebrities like Ellen DeGeneres, elected officials like Barney Frank, and organizational leaders who are mostly white. All of these individuals are exemplary representatives for our LGBT movement. Taken as a whole, however, you can be sure that the first observation people of color will make is that these leaders are all white. Whether we like it or not, this image of a racially homogenous LGBT leadership feeds the perception among people of color communities that LGBT people are not Black, Latino/a or [Asian Pacific Islander].

Quite frankly, I’m happy she said this, because I feel the same way. My ethnicity trumps my sexuality. In other words, I’ve always felt that my being Asian dictated my comfort level with my being gay. And what I love about Gay Voices, and what’s so beautiful about it, as Noah Michelson has pointed out, is the fact that The Huffington Post is the only mainstream news outlet with an entire section dedicated to LGBT stories. That’s profound! So it’s imperative that we fully represent ourselves to a mainstream audience and perhaps break down cultural barriers when it comes to LGBT acceptance and understanding.

With that, and with LGBT history month coming to an end, I hope this slideshow of LGBT Asians inspires young gay Asians (or just anyone!) looking for a role model, and even older people. It certainly has given me some inspiration.

George Takei
Takei, 75, is a fierce advocate and voice for the LGBT and Asian communities. The former Star Trek star, who played Captain Hikaru Sulu, is a Los Angeles native of Japanese descent.
Takei recently world-premiered 「Allegiance」, a musical about Japanese-American internment camps, in September 2012.
Kim Coco Iwamoto
Kim Coco Iwamoto became the highest-ranked openly transgender official in the U.S. when she won a seat on Hawaii's Board of Education in 2006. Iwamoto, of Japanese descent, has continuously advocated and worked with LGBT youth as a licensed therapeutic foster parent, lawyer and public figure.
BD Wong
Chinese-American actor BD Wong is well-known for his roles both on the small and big screens (「Law & Order: Special Victims Unit」, 「Jurassic Park」, etc.). He received the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation's Davidson/Valenti Award in 2003 and the Family Pride Coalition's Family Tree Award in 2005. Both honors salute his LGBT advocacy.
Jared Eng
30-year-old Jared Eng is the founder of heavily visited pop culture website justjared.com and justjaredjr.com.
Eng grew up in Queens, N.Y., where he was raised by his Chinese-American parents. Eng made the prestigious “Out 100” list in 2011.
Margaret Cho
The hilarious, lovable and self-proclaimed “fag hag” Margaret Cho once wrote a blog on The Huffington Post in which she said that the word “queer” is the “most fitting description” of her.
Cho, 44, was born in San Francisco and is Korean-American.
Helen Zia
Award-winning author-journalist Helen Zia advocates for many causes, including gay rights, women’s rights and Asian-American visibility.
Zia, who married her wife, Lia Shigemura, in 2008, wrote in the Amerasia Journal, “With each individual who comes to realize that there are Asian queers and queer Asians, that space where the gay zone meets the Asian zone opens up a little more.”
Dan Choi
Dan Choi became the face of “don’t ask, don’t tell” when he first came out on 「The Rachel Maddow Show」 in 2009. Lt. Choi, who’s Korean-American, was an Arabic translator in the Army National Guard and was discharged under the discriminatory policy that barred openly gay and lesbian soldiers from serving in the military. DADT was repealed in 2011.
Sutan Amrull
Sutan Amrull, perhaps better known as Raja, won the third season of 「RuPaul’s Drag Race」. The Indonesian-born drag performer, makeup artist and entertainer was also frequently seen on 「America’s Next Top Model」.
In October Amrull participated in the L.A. launch of 「Born This Way: Real Stories of Growing Up Gay」, sharing his life story with an audience at the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center.
Telly Leung
Broadway star Telly Leung got on our mainstream radars when he played Wes, a Dalton Academy Warbler, on 「Glee」. Leung, who’s Chinese-American and a native New Yorker, has had roles in 「Wicked」, 「Rent」 and 「Godspell」 and currently stars alongside George Takei in 「Allegiance」.
Bai Ling
Chinese-born actress Bai Ling has made appearances on hit shows such as 「Lost」 and 「Entourage」. She spoke about her bisexuality in a 2009 Examiner.com interview.
Prabal Gurung
Fashion designer Prabal Gurung dresses everyone from Hollywood stars to members of the D.C. elite, including fan Michelle Obama. Gurung, who was born in Singapore but raised in Nepal, won the Council of Fashion Designers of America's Swarovski Award for Womenswear in 2011.
In a 2010『Elle』magazine interview, Gurung said his story was the “typical gay designer” one, having started sketching at just 11 years old.
Alec Mapa
Comedian, actor and self-proclaimed “America’s Gaysian Sweetheart” Alec Mapa was born and raised in a Filipino household in San Francisco. Mapa, 47, who’s appeared on shows such as 「Desperate Housewives」 and 「Ugly Betty」, is an LGBT-rights activist, working with the Human Rights Campaign and the Matthew Shepard Foundation, among others.
Jose Antonio Vargas
Journalist Jose Antonio Vargas declared in a 2011『New York Times』post, “I’m done running. I'm exhausted. I don’t want that life anymore,” referring to his undocumented immigrant status and his life story, which involves leaving the Philippines at 12 and growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Vargas spent most of his professional career with『The Washington Post』and was with The Huffington Post for less than a year. The openly gay Filipino started Define American, an organization that seeks to shed light on America’s immigration system.
John Yang
John Yang is one of only a few openly gay newscaster-journalists. The 54-year-old first-generation Chinese American contributes to all NBC News properties, including 「NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams」 and 「Today」. Prior to joining NBC, Yang was with ABC and『The Washington Post』.
Quenton Allan Brocka
Filipino-American Quenton Allan Brocka is an award-winning director. His LGBT-focused work, including the popular 「Eating Out」 series and 「Rick & Steve, The Happiest Gay Couple in All the World」, have won Brocka numerous honors from LGBT film festivals. The openly gay Brocka is the nephew of Lino Brocka, a famous Filipino director who often incorporated LGBT themes in his movies.
Mark Kanemura
「So You Think You Can Dance」 alum and Lady GaGa dancer Mark Kanemura has Japanese blood (hence the last name) and spoke with『Out』magazine in 2011 about his LGBT community ties.
Joe Zee
Joe Zee, a self-proclaimed pop culture junkie, was born in Hong Kong and grew up in Toronto. Zee has made a name for himself in the fashion industry as『Elle』magazine’s creative director.
Pamela Ki Mai Chen
In August President Obama nominated openly lesbian Chinese-American Pamela Ki Mai Chen to serve on a New York district court. This marks the fifth nomination by the Obama administration of an openly LGBT person to the federal bench. This also makes Chen the second Chinese-American female judge in U.S. history.
Alexander Wang
A native San Franciscan, Alexander Wang launched his fashion career when he moved to New York City to study at the famed Parsons The New School for Design.
Wang, who’s Taiwanese, opened up his first flagship store in SoHo in 2011. In 2010 Wang won the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s Swarovski Award.
Jenny Shimizu
Openly lesbian model-actress Jenny Shimizu has graced the covers of『Vogue』(Australia and Singapore editions) and has also had roles both on the small and big screens.
Shimizu, who is of Japanese descent, was named to『A』magazine’s “100 Most Influential Asian Americans of the Decade 1989-1999” and received the Philadelphia International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival 2006 Lesbian Icon Award. The 45-year-old is also well-known for her relationship with Angelina Jolie.
Ghalib Shiraz Dhalla
Ghalib Shiraz Dhalla, born in Kenya and of Indian descent, is an acclaimed author and filmmaker, bringing LGBT storylines to the forefront of South Asian culture in books like『Ode to Lata』(turned into a movie) and『The Two Krishnas』.
The activist co-founded the South Asian program for the Asian Pacific AIDS Intervention Team and is one of the founding members of SATRANG, a support group for LGBT South Asians in Los Angeles.
Manvendra Singh Gohil
Since Manvendra Singh Gohil appeared on 「Oprah」 in 2007, the openly gay Indian prince has become an LGBT-rights activist, founding Lakshya Trust, an organization that supports Indian sexual minorities, and frequently speaking at public events.
Staceyann Chin
Poet-performer Staceyann Chin (who’s written many blogs on The Huffington Post) was born in Jamaica and is half-Chinese. Chin has received many accolades. Some of her awards include the Human Rights Campaign’s 2007 Power of the Voice Award, the 2008 Honors from the Lesbian AIDS Project and the 2009 New York State Senate Award.
Jason Wu
Taiwanese-born designer Jason Wu further made a name for himself when he designed First Lady Michelle Obama’s inaugural gown.
Wu, 30, started his career designing clothes for dolls. Wu produced his first collection in 2006 and won the Fashion Group International’s Rising Star award in 2008. He was also nominated for the Vogue Fashion Fund award that same year and earned the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s Swarovski Award in 2010.
Sab Shimono
Japanese-American actor Sab Shimono has had numerous roles. Some of those include Broadway shows 「Mame」 and 「Pacific Overtures」, small-screen appearances on 「Friends」 and 「Seinfeld」 and movies like 「Gung Ho」 and 「The Sensei」.
Shimono married his husband, Steve Alden Nelson, in a civil union ceremony in 2008 in San Diego.
Avant-garde violinist and performance artist Hahn-Bin, 25, seeks to bring mainstream attention to classical music. The young classical prodigy studied under famed violinist Itzhak Perlman and has performed at the Grammy Awards and at Carnegie Hall.
Although he hasn’t claimed any labels, Hahn-Bin donned the rainbow flag as a cape in a May performance just shortly after Obama’s same-sex marriage announcement.『Out』magazine named the artist to its 17th annual “Out 100” list.
Magdalen Hsu-Li
Openly bisexual singer-songwriter Magdalen Hsu-Li initially started her career as a painter. Now she’s one of the first Asian Americans (she’s Chinese) to burst onto the alternative college music scene. Hsu-Li released five albums with Chickpop Records.
Richard Chai
Richard Chai is a Korean-American designer based in New York City who was inducted into the Council of Fashion Designers of America in 2007 and won the council’s Swarovski Menswear Designer of the Year in 2010. Chai, who’s openly gay, also designs womenswear and studied under Donna Karan and Marc Jacobs.
Thakoon Panichgul Thakoon Panichgul
Thai-American fashion designer Thakoon Panichgul didn’t start his career making clothes. He earned a business degree from Boston University and worked as a writer-editor at『Harper’s Bazaar』for four years before launching his designing career.
The designer, who studied at Parsons School of Design, debuted his first ready-to-wear collection in 2004 and was one of three recipients of the Council of Fashion Designers of America Vogue/CFDA Fashion Fund.
Nong Ariyaphon Southiphong
Nong Ariyaphon Southiphong was known as designer Andy South on season eight of 「Project Runway」. Southiphong, of Laotian ancestry, came out as a transgender woman in September.
The young fashion designer said, “I am blessed to be so accepted and welcomed just the way I am. May that love flow through me and onto many others. Live in love for the world needs it.”
Irshad Manji
Irshad Manji is an openly lesbian human rights activist and New York University’s director of the Moral Courage Project.
Professor Manji is a reformist Muslim, writing books (『The Trouble with Islam Today: A Muslim’s Call for Reform in Her Faith and Allah』,『Liberty & Love』) about her religion and its role in today’s society. The scholar was born in Uganda and is of Indian and Egyptian descent.
Karl Westerberg
Better known by his drag name, Manila Luzon, Karl Westerberg came in second place to Sutan Amrull (Raja) in season three of 「RuPaul’s Drag Race」.
Westerberg, whose drag name reflects his Filipino heritage, said in an October interview for a Canadian blog site, “Hopefully what I offer to the movement is by being a positive figure of the gay community.”
Vern Yip
Chinese-American designer Vern Yip can be seen on many shows including HGTV’s 「Design Star」, 「Bang for Your Buck」 and TLC’s 「Trading Spaces」.
Yip has two children, Gavin Joshua Mannox and Vera Lillian Beatrix, with his partner Craig Koch.
Ifti Nasim
The late Ifti Nasim was an openly gay Muslim Pakistani poet, human rights activist and Chicago radio host. Nasim, who was 64 when he passed away in July 2011, founded SANGAT/Chicago, a South Asian LGBT organization, and also wrote『Narman』, the first believed book in Urdu that centered on gay themes.
Cuc Vu
Cuc Vu, an immigrant from Vietnam, is the chief diversity officer of the Human Rights Campaign. Her vision is to ensure HRC’s commitment to diversity and inclusion at all levels of the LGBT-rights organization.
Vu married her wife, Gwen Migita, in Washington, D.C., in 2010.
Airline Inthyrath
Airline Inthyrath, the beloved drag queen Jujubee, finished as second runner-up in season two of 「RuPaul’s Drag Race」, where he spoke about being gay and Asian.
Christopher Cabaldon (D-Calif.)
Mayor of West Sacramento Christopher Cabaldon was the first mayor directly elected by voters in 2004 and then reelected in 2006, 2008 and 2010.
Cabaldon, who’s Filipino-American, publicly came out to his constituents in his annual State of the City address in 2006. Logo featured Cabaldon’s story in an episode of 「Coming Out Stories」.
Mark Takano (D-Calif.)
Mark Takano would be the first openly gay person of color to serve in Congress if he wins this fall election.
Japanese-American Takano was born and raised in Riverside, Calif. and is one of eight openly LGBT candidates running for the House of Representatives (the most ever). He's also one of 23 Asians running for office.
Parvez Sharma
Filmmaker-writer Parvez Sharma directed and produced the award-winning and thought-provoking documentary 「A Jihad for Love」, which won the GLAAD media award for best documentary in 2009. The film explores the lives of LGBT people in the Middle East.
Sharma is an openly gay Indian Muslim who frequently blogs on The Huffington Post.
Jeff Sheng
Los Angeles-based photojournalist Jeff Sheng is responsible for the powerful images of closeted military personnel in his “don’t ask, don’t tell” photo series, which was featured in major news outlets including『The New York Times』and CNN. Another project that got Sheng attention was his “Fearless” series of openly LGBT student athletes.
The Chinese-American activist was named to『The Advocate』’s “Forty Under 40” in 2011.
Kiyoshi Kuromiya
Kiyoshi Kuromiya was an AIDS activist who passed away from the disease in 2000 at the age of 57. Kuromiya, who was Japanese, was born in a Wyoming Japanese internment camp and eventually made his way to Philadelphia, where he went to school, started his gay rights activism and provided services like internet access to AIDS patients.
Jim Toy
Chinese-American Jim Toy is an LGBT activist and pioneer in Michigan. Some of Toy’s achievements include being a founding member of the Detroit Gay Liberation Movement and establishing the University of Michigan’s Lesbian-Gay Male Programs Office (the first of its kind to address sexual orientation issues in a higher institution of learning).
Urvashi Vaid
Urvashi Vaid is an author and attorney who’s committed her career to civil and LGBT rights. The Indian-American activist has served in various capacities with the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, including as its former executive director.
Evan Low
Evan Low made history in 2006 as the first Asian American (he’s Chinese), elected to the city council in Campbell, Calif., as well as its first openly gay person and the youngest person (he’s 23). Low later was elected as mayor of the city, making him the youngest Asian-American mayor in the U.S.
Sunil Babu Pant
In 2008 Sunil Babu Pant became Nepal’s first openly gay parliament member. Pant founded the Blue Diamond Society, a group that advocates for Nepalese LGBT citizens.
Pauline Park
Pauline Park was born in and adopted from Korea and has become a pioneer for transgender rights. Park came out as a transgender woman after moving to New York City and co-founded and chairs the New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy. The advocate also founded the Queens Pride House and Iban/Queer Koreans of New York group.
In 2005 Park was the first openly transgender grand marshal for New York City’s Pride parade.
June Millington
Sixty-four-year-old singer-songwriter June Millington was born in the Philippines and emigrated to California when she was 13. Along with her sister, Jean, and two other bandmates, Millington was a part of Fanny, the first all-female rock band to be signed by a major label (Warner Brothers). The lesbian musician and her group were dubbed the “Godmothers of Chick Rock.”
Jimmy Nguyen
Jimmy Nguyen was born in Vietnam and has become a vocal LGBT rights activist, frequently writing blog posts for『The Advocate』, where he talks about the intersection of the gay and Asian communities. Nguyen, a lawyer, was named to『The Advocate』’s “Forty Under 40” list in 2010.
Faisal Alam
When Faisal Alam was 19, he founded Al-Fatiha, an LGBTIQ group for Muslims and their allies. Faisal is Pakistani-American and tours the nation talking about his faith and sexuality. He’s received numerous recognitions, including being named to the Equality Forum’s “40 Heroes.”
Patrick S. Cheng
Patrick S. Cheng is an openly gay Chinese ordained minister with Metropolitan Community Churches, an LGBT-affirming Christian church. Cheng also started Queer Asian Spirit, a faith- and religious-based support group for LGBT Asians.
Cheng is the author of『Radical Love: An Introduction to Queer Theology and From Sin to Amazing Grace: Discovering the Queer Christ』. He also frequently blogs on The Huffington Post.
Margarita Alcantara
Queer Filipina Margarita Alcantara is an advocate for women’s and LGBT rights. In 1995 she started her own self-published magazine,『Bamboo Girl Zine』, where she wrote about race, sex, gender and other issues. Alcantara ended the publication to focus on her acupuncture business based in New York City.
Vidur Kapur
The pioneering stand-up comic Vidur Kapur says he has “three strikes” against himself. He’s openly gay, Indian and an immigrant. Kapur brings his act across the U.S. on college campuses and frequently appears on television. He was nominated for a NewNowNext award for his Logo comedy special.
In a recent blog on The Huffington Post Kapur writes: “I’m one of the first out gay South Asian comics, and I know that I will not be the last, because amidst the jokes and laughter, I know that I can and will inspire someone else — an LGBT person, a South Asian or anyone who’s never seen someone like himself on television before — to realize that no road is closed off. Including comedy.”
Ryan Ong Palao
Ryan Ong Palao, widely known as drag queen Ongina, appeared on the first season of 「RuPaul’s Drag Race」.
Palao, who emigrated from the Philippines in 1994, revealed his HIV-postive status on the hit show and has since hosted webisodes “HIV+ME” and “HIV+US” on Logotv.com.
Jay Nicolas Sario
「Project Runway」 season 7 contestant Jay Nicolas Sario made it all the way to the top four. The Filipino designer got his start in fashion working at Gap Inc. and debuted his first collection in New York Fashion Week in 2010.
Sario, who's openly gay, resides in New York City where he works on his own label, JAY NICOLAS SARIO.

Correction at 5:03pm ET on October 29: In an earlier version of this slideshow, David Henry Hwang was identified as LGBT. He is actually a straight ally.

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JR Tungol
NYC-based media professional
JR is a journalist based in New York City who used to work as an engineer in Detroit, where he's originally from. A Midwesterner at heart, having lived in Chicago before the Big Apple, JR graduated from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and now interns for HuffPost Gay Voices, a news outlet he read constantly and admired before working there. (You've got to follow your passions!) In his spare time, JR enjoys reading, spending time on the couch watching Netflix, schlepping around the city (trying to be social) and being Filipino. Follow JR on Twitter @jratungol.

Author: JR Tungol/Date: October 29, 2012/Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jr-tungol/lgbt-asians_b_2026330.html

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