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Finally! Two men on TMGTL with truly sound, loving, smart relationship advice. And they just so happens to be the two halves of our favorite-favorite-FAVORITE couple, George Takei and Brad Altman:
Looks like these old truths haven’t changed!
1. Love requires sharing.
2. Love requires patience.
3. Even the best couples argue about wilted produce.
4. Trying to keep everything in context is important.
5. You have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find your prince or princess.
6. ALL THE BEST ONES ARE GAY OR TAKEN. Or in this case, BOTH!
Filed under: Advice, Brad Altman, Cute Couples, Did Somebody Mention Kissing? We're In, Gaysians, George Takei, Great Spouses, Hubbies, Husbands, Patience Is A Virtue, Produce, Sharing Is Hard, The Man's Guide To Love
Since an Army National Guard committee recommended his discharge last summer, Knights Out founder Lt. Dan Choi has been staying active in the fight to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Meanwhile, his commander, a big supporter, fought the discharge decision and recently called Choi personally to ask for his return.
The Advocate has reported that Choi rejoined his unit in Pennsylvania last weekend, opting out of a speaking engagement at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s Creating Change conference.
As far as we know, he has not snapped a towel, leered at any of his military colleagues, referred to any unform as “fabulous,” nor told any soldier to give him head. In short, he is doing what he was meant to do: serve his country professionally, with honor and loyalty. That duty has nothing whatsoever to do with the gender he dates and is a heckuvalot more than most of us would or could do ourselves.
We sure as hell feel a whole lot safer knowing he’s out there protecting us.
Thanks, Isaac and Jaime!
Filed under: Army National Guard, Army National Guard Committee, Bullshit Policy, Dan Choi, Don't Ask Don't Tell, Gays in the Military, Gaysians, Heroes, Knights Out, Lieutenant Dan Choi Fired from Army, Military Men, Safety First, US Military
You probably agree: Evan Low was one of the true highlights of Angry Asian Man’s 30 under 30 list this year.
He is, after all, only 26. He’s also adorably handsome, with the kind of ready smile that somehow seems to denote a firm handshake and kind demeanor. And in 2006, months before the little bugger had even been elected to City Council in the city of Campbell, SF Mayor Newsom had officially declared June 5 “Evan Low Day” for San Fransiscans. The guy has his own day. Seriously.
As a city council member, Low quickly racked up distinctions as the first openly gay, Chinese American and youngest person in the Campbell City Council. He was also noted as the State of California’s youngest, openly gay official.
So get this: on Tuesday, Low was promoted from vice-mayor to a one-year term as Mayor of Campbell, which now makes him the youngest gay, and one of the youngest Asian American mayors in the whole freakin’ country. Hot diggity, this country needs more Gayors!
We can barely contain our excitement about a young, hot, gaysian rocking such a prestigious city office–but we will because we’re also reallyreallyreallyreally jealous that he has achieved so frickin’ much with nary a wrinkle around his happy eyes.
Filed under: Angry Asian Man's 30 Under 30, California, Celebrasian, City of Campbell, Congratulasians, Distinctions, Elected Officials, Evan Low, Evan Low Day, Gavin Newsom, Gayors, Gaysians, Jealousy, Mayors, Politicians, Politics, Resenting the Young, San Francisco, Young Dudes, Youngest-Ever
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.
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???
Professional gay-hater and DOTW Dr. Li-Ann Thio will not be teaching a human rights law class at NYU this fall after all.
On Wednesday, NYU Law School Dean Richard Revesz issued a lengthy announcement explaining that Dr. Thio canceled her visiting professor gig because she was “disappointed by the hostility of some members of our community to her views regarding homosexuality and gay rights, and by the low enrollments in her classes.”
Hostility? This from the same woman who argued against the decriminalization of gay sex as a member of Singapore Parliament in 2007, calling homosexuality “noxious,” “immoral,” “harm(ful),” “contrary to biological design,” and “a human wrong,” and who recommended that gay sex remain illegal forever. (Click here for the video. Apparently she was pretty persuasive, as gay sex is still illegal in Singapore.)
Kinda thin-skinned, don’tcha think, Dr. Thio? Well, anyhoo, have a nice life. Oh, and kindly go fuck yourself. In the ass.
Need evidence? In last night’s episode, he awkwardly pushes himself up against former pro wrestler Torrie Wilson to prove his straightness, giggles, and then pulls away. Hot behavior–white hot. And totally something a straight guy could and would do while bearing a shit-eating grin and not springing a boner.
I buy it, don’t you?? Anyway, moving on. I’m in the mood to go dancing, perhaps to some Madonna. Who’s in?
Last night, The Daily Show totally nailed the absurdity of the Army firing Lieutenant Dan Choi–West Point grad, Iraq War vet, and much-needed Arabic translator–after he violated its “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy:
To protest Lt. Dan Choi’s firing and to ask President Obama to keep his promise to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” click here.
Vermont joins Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Iowa–which legalized gay marriage last week–in recognizing same-sex unions. New Hampshire and Maine are apparently considering similar moves, and Washington D.C.’s City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to recognize same-sex marriages performed outside the district. Even though equal marriage rights in our state of California are in bad shape right now, this is progress, people.
Of course, not everyone thinks so.
Over the weekend, we received an email from a reader–I should probably say “ex”-reader–who expressed his displeasure over our support of gay marriage.
Now, I could go into how gay marriage rights are civil rights, and banning gay marriage is discrimination, and how civil rights and discrimination affect us all, but most especially minorities and people of color, and, therefore, gay marriage has everything to do with Asian-American “perspectives,” but y’all, I’m just really hung up on one detail.
This poor soul clearly doesn’t know any Gaysians. Like Sulu. Or our hero Margaret Cho. Or the only funny character on Entourage (played by the openly gay Rex Lee). Or the always quietly divine B.D. Wong. Or Esera Tuaolo, who’s only the third former NFL player to come out and is working to defeat homophobia in professional sports. Or any of our countless friends who, orientasian aside, want what everyone else wants in life–to love and be loved.
And a life without Gaysians?
It’s so small. So sad. So pitiable.
STAR TV, the Hong Kong-based satellite TV service that reaches over 300 million viewers in 54 countries and is owned by Rupert Murdoch, censored the words “gay” and “lesbian” from the Oscar acceptance speeches of Milk‘s screenwriter Dustin Lance Black and lead actor Sean Penn in its re-telecast of the Academy Awards in Asia Monday evening. The sound from those speeches was reported to have dropped out when those words were uttered in Malaysia, Singapore, and India. Jannie Poon, a STAR spokeswoman, defended the company’s decision, saying STAR has “a responsibility to take the sensitivities and guidelines of all our markets into consideration.”
Adding, “Unless you’re gaysian, in which case, fuck you.”*
*Not actually uttered, but obviously implied.
Filed under: Dishonoring the Gaysian, Gaysians, India, Lesbians, LGBT, Malaysia, News Corp, Rupert Murdoch, Silence = Death, Singapore, STAR TV, STAR TV Censorship, STAR TV Oscars Censorship, This is Bullshit
One of my gay BFFs emailed me last night and wrote about The Amazing Race‘s brother-sister, Harvard lawyer team Victor and Tammy Jih:
“I love the asian brother (gaysian?) and sister on the amazing race. Like totally hot asians! As ja-mae [from the delightful Summer Heights High--ed.] would say.”
I had wondered the same thing myself, and there have been a few online discussions about Victor’s orientasian. So I did some digging, and discovered…
Victor’s a big ol’ flaming…REPUBLICAN. He gave $2,300 (the max) to Mitt Romney during the primaries. I guess this doesn’t come as a total surprise since he is a partner at a massive corporate law firm in L.A., the kind that would get our Hardass Asian Parents wet, but it’s way less exciting than I had imagined.
Sometimes ignorance is bliss.
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.
Sanjaya “Hell No I’m Not Gaysian” Malakar will soon release his first post-American Idol EP, “Dancing to the [techno/house remix and Madonna] Music in my Head.” Psyched? It’s available for pre-order on Amazon right now:
And somewhere, all huddled together in a room: the Debarge guys, Menudo kids, Lionel Richie, and Billy Ocean in fetal position on the floor, punching themselves in their respective neckmeats for not coming up with this album cover themselves.