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LGBT Media Convening 2017: Journalists Revisit Their Coverage of the Pulse Shooting in Orlando

LGBT Media Convening 2017: Journalists Revisit Their Coverage of the Pulse Shooting in Orlando

June 12 will mark the one year anniversary of the devastating shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. This year’s LGBT Media Convening, which appropriately took place in Orlando. Jeff Truesdell of People moderated a panel featuring Billy Manes with Watermark, Erik Sandoval with CBS Orlando, Emilie Arnold from the Orange County Regional History Center, and Meredith Talusan. Talusan, who was covering the shooting for BuzzFeed, points out that there were many articles written by […] Continue »

Discrimination Against LGBT People Could Cost Indonesia Almost $12B USD a Year

Discrimination Against LGBT People Could Cost Indonesia Almost $12B USD a Year

Discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Indonesians in workplaces, schools, and social opportunities is pervasive and will limit their ability to fully contribute to the Indonesian economy. A new study shows that the cost of discrimination to the Indonesian economy could range from nearly 900 million to 12 billion US dollars. In LGBT Exclusion in Indonesia and Its Economic Effects, researchers M.V. Lee Badgett, Amira Hasenbush, and Winston Ekaprasetia Luhur examine the evidence […] Continue »

8Books Review: “Not Your Sidekick” by C.B. Lee

8Books Review: "Not Your Sidekick" by C.B. Lee

It has been a good summer for fun-loving, ass-kicking Asian American superheroines, and if you’re not already, get on board for C.B. Lee’s Not Your Sidekick. Its biggest flaw? Being the first in the series, leaving us on the edge waiting to find out what happens to Jessica Tran (I did not realize I was getting myself into a cliffhanger until I was off the cliff and there were no pages left). Jessica is the daughter of mid-class […] Continue »

Letting Go in the Wake of My 30th High School Reunion

Letting Go in the Wake of My 30th High School Reunion

I’m writing this on the day of my 30th High School Reunion. No, I’m not traveling the 3000 miles it would take to go there and be at the party tonight. So let me start by saying this isn’t going to be some happy ending story where the main character (loser, gay, nerd) goes to his high school reunion and finds out he’s the successful, happy, and well-liked person he never was in high school. […] Continue »

Caitlyn Jenner and the Power of Privilege

Caitlyn Jenner and the Power of Privilege

Observe the coming out of Caitlyn Jenner and you get a good study of the power of privilege. I don’t want to minimize the courage and bravery Jenner exhibits to tell her story and to live her life the way she wants. However, Caitlyn’s experience of coming out is tremendously influenced by the privilege of her wealth and her race. Caitlyn lives in one of the most progressive communities in the world. She has money […] Continue »

Watch This Now: ‘Spiritless,’ A Short Film on a British Born Chinese Teen’s Sexuality

Watch This Now: 'Spiritless,' A Short Film on a British Born Chinese Teen's Sexuality

Take 15 minutes to check out this short film dealing with a British-born Chinese teenager struggling with his sexuality. Says Kenneth Gawne of Dragonreel Films: We feel Asians are grossly under represented in main stream media, especially in the UK but also in the US. Sexuality is a very personal and significant issue for many teenagers and something we feel might not be as talked about in the Asian community. For that reason we hope […] Continue »

8 Questions for Ken Fong of “The Ken Fong Project”

8 Questions for Ken Fong of "The Ken Fong Project"

I was fortunate enough to meet Ken Fong of the Ken Fong Project this year during the V3con digital media conference in Los Angeles on June 20-21, 2014. Ken was part of the panel titled “Secrets Online: Topics that are Taboo in Real Life”, where the panelists tackled the issue of writing about things one would not normally talk about in general conversation. Ken passed along an interesting piece of advice, to beware, that if […] Continue »

Father’s Day Video: “Thanks, Dads”

Father's Day Video: "Thanks, Dads"

Director Hieu Tran put together this video just in time for Father’s Day. Although the family here is portrayed by actors, the sentiment reflected is real nonetheless for plenty of kids with gay parents. Happy Dad’s Day! From the Director’s Statement: There is a saying I learned in my college parenting class: Biology makes babies, but it doesn’t make parents. Thanks, Dads was a spontaneous idea that was inspired by my father and some gay […] Continue »

Made In the USA: American Surrogates for Chinese

Made In the USA: American Surrogates for Chinese

When I was in college, I stumbled across the Calvin and Hobbes comic strip, by Bill Watterson. In particular I was quite taken with the strip where Calvin and his toy tiger Hobbes discuss where babies come from. By the end of the strip Hobbes looks at Calvin’s shirt tag and says “You came from Taiwan”. I guess I really liked it since I really did come from Taiwan, and I came into the world […] Continue »

8$: Short Film ‘For The Love Of Unicorns’

8$: Short Film 'For The Love Of Unicorns'

8$ is a series which occasionally highlights interesting crowdfunding projects. Every day, the 8Asians team is inundated by many worthy pitches. We are unable to highlight every one that comes our way, or even the ones we might individually support. The projects selected for 8$ are not endorsements by 8Asians. (To be considered for 8$, we highly suggest you not harass the writers or the editors of 8Asians.) WHO: Erin O’Brien (Director) & Alice Y. […] Continue »

8$: Daniel Magazine, Redefining the Gay Asian Male

8$: Daniel Magazine, Redefining the Gay Asian Male

8$ is a series which occasionally highlights interesting crowdfunding projects. Every day, the 8Asians team is inundated by many worthy pitches. We are unable to highlight every one that comes our way, or even the ones we might individually support. The projects selected for 8$ are not endorsements by 8Asians. (To be considered for 8$, we highly suggest you not harass the writers or the editors of 8Asians.) WHO: Christopher Vee WHAT: Kickstarter project: Daniel […] Continue »

George Takei Speaks at The National Press Club

George Takei Speaks at The National Press Club

Recently, actor and activist George Takei spoke to The National Press Club about his life story, from his personal experience as a child growing up in a Japanese internment camp to his life as a gay man and coming out. He spoke for over 40 minutes without notes with humor sprinkled in between, and at the end, answered a few audience questions (including what a gay Vulcan would be like). If you’re a fan of […] Continue »