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We Found Our Chinese Haunt: The Dali Gay Bar

December 1st, 2009 | 7 comments | Posted by Diana

In an attempt to counter a rapidly rising AIDS rate, the Chinese government has actually done something cool: opened a government-funded gay bar in Dali, one of the ten Chinese cities most affected by the disease.


Let's drink!

Let's drink!




The bar will offer free condoms, sex ed and a proper watering hole for the area’s gays, many of whom are from rural villages, and “used to gather in a patch of woods near the historic town.” Not to linger on the past, but hanging out in a patch of woods without mushrooms or a cooler/tent/bonfire or elf leader just makes us sad.

Anyway, this is awesome progress and we’re psyched! But enough jibber-jabber. When do we drink???

[via AMERICAblog Gay]
[Reuters: China City Government Opens Gay Bar To Fight AIDS]

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Here’s Hoping There’s a Queer Garden

April 23rd, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

Let’s do the math (since Asians love math):

Gaysian = Fun

so

Gaysians [must] = More Fun

ergo… a

Gaysian conference = FUN x

That’s just algebra, guys (at least we believe so). Can’t fight the facts.

Anyway, who isn’t down for a little FUN TIMES FRIGGIN’ INFINITY? What’s not appealing about a Skittles-colored, über-hip, designy flyer? Who wouldn’t be excited for a little West Coast love?

No one that we can think of. So we expect to see lots of bright, shiny, happy faces seeking out the good times at Cal’s 2nd Annual Queer and Asian Conference, which happens next week (MAY 2nd) in the beautiful Bay Area.

We’re giving you plenty of time to shift your schedules, so don’t miss it.

Click here for more info on QACON.

[UC Berkeley's 2nd Annual Queer and Asian Conference]

Thanks, Charles!

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Jason Wu’s Here, He’s Queer, And All of His Hardass Asian Relatives Better Get Used to It

January 28th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

Jason Wu was accidentally outed last week in a NY Times profile that ran of the 26 year-old designer following the inauguration, and he’s not stoked about it. An anonymous fashion industry source told Jezebel this week that Wu’s parents knew he was gay, but not his extended family, and the Times‘ mention of Wu’s boyfriend, Gustavo Rangel, has led to “some awkward conversations.” The source also alleged that Wu’s parents are “disappointed” because their son wasn’t more “discreet.”

No one wants to be publicly outed this way. And being Asian and gay and out to your parents is hard enough as it is, what with our people’s obsession with tradition, fitting in and having grandchildren, without your bitchy aunties gossiping about your sex life. The upshot to this unfortunate incident is that Asian parents care a whole lot more about success than they do sex, and Jason Wu is a success story that his Hardass Asian Parents can brag about at their weekly Chinese choir practice, if they’re anything like my own. And instead of saying, “My son, he make most beautiful dress for First Lady,” they can say, “My gay son, etc.” and people, including the Hardass Asian Extended Family, are just going to have to fuckin’ deal with it, because their straight sons–Harvard medical school and gorgeous grandchildren notwithstanding–still can’t hold a candle to Wu.

Asian parents are always disappointed one way or another, anyway, because that’s, like, their job. But many of them eventually get over it–like mine did when I told them that I wanted to be a writer, which led to 10 years of “awkward conversations”–until you disappoint them again (which is inevitable), and then they have to get over that, and so on and so forth, which seems like a total drag until you realize, after a while, that this is what you have to go through to live your life the way you want to live it, in fact, this is living your life the way you want to live it, with a little more honesty and transparency and a little less shame even.

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Gift of Gay

January 8th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

Droves of Oprah’s God-fearing Christian viewers have taken to her show’s discussion board this week, in protest of statements made by her recent guest, Rev. Ed Bacon (see video above) during a spirituality episode, which included: “being gay is a gift from God, but our culture doesn’t understand that.”

Shocked and reeling from the statement, some members of her audience needed to be instantly consoled with the word of the Big Man Upstairs:


…while others consoled themselves by providing their own advice for the Big Woman on TV:


…and then some–like user “bigpreggo”–just changed the channel. And, of course, logged on moments later to the Oprah discussion board to drop an S-bomb:


I myself refuse on principle to have a username on the Oprah site, but if I did, I would probably write this:

“Being gay must be a gift from God. How else can you explain that being gay instantly raises the odds of somebody being impossibly good-looking or having a smoking-hot physique? Why do gay people often happen to be infinitely more interesting (and interested) than the average Joe (the plumber, et al.)? Why do gay peeps typically design such beautiful buildings and other assorted aesthetic creations, why do gays conjure up such meaningful love songs, why does the best produce always end up at gay Gelson’s markets? Why are the streets of West Hollywood so much cleaner and well-decorated than North Hollywood? Why does gaysian = fun? All I can say is, I thank God for his gay gifts and feel so gay that he made being gay so awesome.”

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Twilight Gaysian

November 25th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

Did any of the millions of you who saw Twilight this weekend think that “Eric Yorkie” (as played by Justin Chon) was coded gay? I thought the flippy hair was a dead giveaway. Also, the fact that he had to be asked to the prom by Angela (that’s their prom picture, left).

I should know…I asked a guy friend of mine to prom, and I’m 99% sure he’s gay (still searching for him on Facebook, but perhaps I should really try Connexion). My date didn’t blow out his hair, but he did wear make-up! Applied by his mother!!!

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Dear Irene and Randy’s Parents

October 29th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen


Dear Parents,

Hey guys! What’s up? I’ve been watching your Prop 8 YouTube video over and over since Diana posted it yesterday, and I feel compelled to tell you: YOUR SON RANDY IS GAY. I don’t mean in that Hilary Duff way. I mean gay-gay. Don’t ask me how I know; I have wicked awesome gaydar is all.

gaily yours,
Jen

P.S. When Randy comes out in 10 years and you disown him, send him along to us, will ya? We really ♥ gaysians. Peace.

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Captain Kirk’s Wedding Invitasian

October 24th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen
“There’s something I’d like you to see on YouTube, Sulu.”

William Shatner took a shatner on George Takei this week by posting an interview on YouTube discussing why he wasn’t invited to Takei’s recent wedding. Among the things Captain James T. Kirk said about Sulu were:

“There is such a sickness there. It’s so patently [mispronounced 'pay-tently' --ed.] obvious that there is a psychosis there.”

“You would think he had this epiphany and say – because he and I don’t have many years left in this world – ‘I wish him well. I’m so happy that I wish him well.’ But instead what he does is he makes this big deal about not inviting me to his wedding. If I was such a terrible force in his life – even some 40-odd years later, because I’ve not seen him – that I effect his marriage where he has to isolate it, what kind of sickness is going on in the man?”

“It’s sad. I feel nothing but pity for him.”

You can watch the full interview below:

In response, Takei told Entertainment Tonight that he had in fact invited Shatner to the wedding, calling The Shat’s video rant, “silliness.” And we’re inclined to believe George. Because he may not know how to sing fer shit, but he seems a whole lot less sick and psychotic than the puffy, suspenders-wearing, sausage-fingered weirdo-who-doth-protest-too-much in that video.

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SPORTS ILLUSTRASIAN: Odds and Ends

July 2nd, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

WHAT THEY MEAN BY “UGLY ODDS”

Calling all gambling addicts! Tired of throwing your money away on horses, baseball, and boxing? Why not bet on a contest that you can also jerk it to?

Betting odds for the 2008 Miss Universe pageant were recently massaged-and-released, and Miss Venezuela, Dayana Mendoza (pictured left), is the front-runner (+625 odds). The only lady of Asian Persuasian to make it into the top ten is Miss India, Simran Kaur Mundi (+1100).

Three other Asian contestants–Malaysia (+7000), Sri Lanka (+8000), and Japan (+8000)–are languishing in the bottom 20:


So, if you’re feeling lucky, put your money where your mouth wants to be. I mean, “is.”

WHAT THEY MEAN BY “GAY”

Y’all know I love me a gay. Even a Tyson Gay, the U.S. sprinter who won the 100 M dash at the Olympic Trials this weekend. (Gay’s time of 9.68 seconds did not break the world record of 9.72 seconds because he was aided by tailwind). My love for this Gay is rooted mostly in the fact that he, in addition to being awesomely fast, gives good headline:

“GAY MAKES HIS POINT”

“Gay’s display dazzling”

“Is Gay’s big day too good to be true?”

“Gay blows field away (with wind’s help)”

Christian news site OneNewsNow is not with me on this, as they republished an AP story on Gay’s weekend victory by auto-replacing the word “gay” with “homosexual.”


OneNewsNow apparently considers “gay” to be a bad word.

What a bunch of homosexuals!

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ROCK OF ASIAN

September 12th, 2007 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

What happens when you get put a queer alt-rock dude from Imperial Teen (Will Schwartz) together with a Japanese electro-prince from The Boy Explodes (Tomo Yasuda)?

You get a band called Hey Willpower, that totally effing rules.

And what happens when that effing ruling band plays plucky homage to John and Yoko vis à vis a “bed-in-for-peace” begging citizens to “Give dance a chance?” in a music vid for their track, “Double Fantasy II?”

We clap our hands.
We wave ‘em in the air.
Like we just don’t care.

And then we yell, in unison…

“HOORAYSIAN!”

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High School Musical Goes InternAsianal

August 24th, 2007 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

Jen and I (like tens of millions of tweens worldwide) were huge fans of Disney’s first High School Musical. Hell, we’re suckers for cheesy storylines and teen romance and musical numbers–plus we’re both convinced that with it’s cheery messaging about individuality (“It’s okay for guys be finely groomed and love to dance!” and “It’s okay to love to cook!” and “It’s ok to play tennis and the cello!”)– it operates as a de facto plea for kids to embrace their inner gay. And as you probably know, we would be a billion times happier if everyone in the world was gay, so it goes without saying that we’re big cheerleaders of the sing-songy TV flick.

All of the Musical kids are currently riding the buzz wave of the aptly-titled High School Musical 2, and while every person I know is creepily slobbering over the abs of 18-year old Zac Efron (daintily singing below)…

…I am for more interested in the greater impact of the movie’s tunes. In fact, the song above was actually dubbed in Mandarin for the Chinese version, and a new music video generated to go with:

Looks like the messaging is still right-on! I love it! I love it!

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Lookin’ Bad, Tyrese

June 29th, 2007 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

Tyrese,

You are a beautiful man. You are a bright, shiny, delicious present.

You are a total homophobic asshole.

I mean, I suppose I’ll just ignore the whole pregnant girlfriend-punching thing for right now (a separate post altogether), but word on the street is that while peddling that suckfest Transformers (Seriously? I’m supposed to take this movie seriously?) you recently confirmed that men are banned from your “Shirts Off” collaborasian concert tour with Ginuine and Tank. This only 6 months after you allegedly got all ragey onstage after a gay man caught and kept a shirt you, uh, threw off.

Dude, you sculpt the bod, tattoo the belly button, sing and writhe on stage with two other fine men and don’t expect some male love? Girl, please.

You’re a douche and I hate you,
Diana

P.S. KIT!!!
P.P.S. Don’t worry, I totally don’t think you’re a homo.

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SPORTS ILLUSTRASIAN

June 25th, 2007 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

Imagine the unfettered joy I experienced this morning when I read this headline: “Gay Completes Double Victory in Style.”

I was, like, “Go on witcha bad self. Work it, gurl!”

Tyson Gay

…until I realized that the paper was talking about a U.S. sprinter. Oh. Yay…Tyson?

It’s just not as fun.

Click here for full story, if you happen to think running is cooler than being gay. In which case, you’re weird and dead to me.

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