After the epic on-stage mix up, Moonlight was revealed to have won Best Picture at the Oscars. Immediately it got people talking about it, even those who have not seen the movie.
It came up when I was talking to a male friend of mine. He mentioned he walked into the cinema without any knowledge of the movie. He was suddenly aware that Moonlight was a LGBT movie when the African American couple kissed. “I’m ashamed to say, but it never crossed my mind that guys so masculine could be homosexual.” he whispered. Moonlight has indeed put the topic of LGBT and race on the table, and it got me thinking that we would often overlook this group even when we’re living this supposedly open mind era. We sometimes define people by their colour and gender based on our own personal experiences.
When I was studying in Paris a couple of years ago, same-sex marriage was just legalised in France. Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets to demonstrate against gay marriage holding up signs to say “We want to defend marriage and the right for children to grow up with a mum and a dad.” That’s when you realise even in this so-called free country there are still people who are being condemned for going against traditional family and religious values.
The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade captivates the nation and reverberates around the world. Join 12,000 fabulous people as they unite for a glittering explosion of pride in the heart of Sydney’s gay and lesbian district. This was the reason why we decided on using Rainbow March as our monthly theme, we were hoping to bring you more colourful news.
Same-sex marriage has been discussed since the 2000s in Taiwan. Bills to legalise same-sex marriage are currently pending in the Legislative Yuan. If they pass, it would make Taiwan the first area in Asia to allow same-sex marriage. This could be the big step for marriage equality that we are waiting for in Asia.
Besides the homosexual group, transgender are also a minority in our society. In Asia, a lot of them turned to prostitution without given a choice. Transgender people the world over are more involved in prostitution than the population at large as no society is accepting of them which makes finding a normal job that much harder.
Even when sexuality is openly discussed, there are still people having difficulty facing their own sexuality and even living a double life. Not long ago, the wives to gay and bisexual men have come forward to the media describing the pain and betrayal they went through when when a husband makes a disclosure to his wife that he is interested in pursuing homosexual relationships under the pressure of traditional family value.
During March we hope to bring you brighter and bolder designs from around the world. This will also include some interviews with the LGBTQIA community so you can get to know the difficulties they are facing and the simple things they enjoy in life.
Please take part in our Rainbow March. Be the voice for a generation of queer and trans folk of colour.
What does LGBTQIA stand for:
L - Lesbian
A woman whose primary sexual and affectional orientation is toward people of the same gender.
G - Gay
A sexual and affectional orientation toward people of the same gender; can be used as an umbrella term for men and women.
B - Bisexual
A person whose primary sexual and affectional orientation is toward people of the same and other genders, or towards people regardless of their gender.
T - Transgender
Adjective used most often as an umbrella term, and frequently abbreviated to “trans” or “trans*” (the asterisk indicates the option to fill in the appropriate label, ie. Trans man). It describes a wide range of identities and experiences of people whose gender identity and/or expression differs from conventional expectations based on their assigned sex at birth. Not all trans people undergo medical transition (surgery or hormones). Some commonly held definitions:
1. Someone whose determination of their sex and/or gender is not universally considered valid; someone whose behavior or expression does not “match” their assigned sex according to society.
2. A gender outside of the man/woman binary.
3. Having no gender or multiple genders.
Q - Questioning
The process of exploring one’s own gender identity, gender expression, and/or sexual orientation. Some folks may also use this term to name their identity within the LGBTQIA community.
I - Intersex
People who naturally (that is, without any medical intervention) develop primary or secondary sex characteristics that do not fit neatly into society's definitions of male or female. Many visibly Intersex people are mutilated in infancy and early childhood by doctors to make the individual’s sex characteristics conform to society’s idea of what normal bodies should look like. Intersex people are relatively common, although the society's denial of their existence has allowed very little room for intersex issues to be discussed publicly. Hermaphrodite is an outdated and inaccurate term that has been used to describe intersex people in the past.
A - Ally
Someone who is working to end oppression through support of, and as an advocate with and for, a group other than one’s own.