It’s all been happening in the Big Gay Orient.
A group of transgender men and women in India, known as Hijras, have celebrated their recognition as an official third sex in the country by creating an air-hostess inspired traffic safety video. The amusing footage requests that “naughty girl” and “chikna mard” (a risqué Hindi endearment for a smooth, sexy, appealing man) to follow their advice and fasten their seat belts before driving.
Kim Jae Woong, a famous fashion designer from South Korea, has come out on live TV. The Korean-American gained notoriety on Project Runway Korea but hosted his revelation on reality TV show Share House, which sees celebrities living together. When comparing himself to other male housemates on the show Kim said “I’m a man just like Sang-min and Ho-young, only thing that’s different about me is that I like men.” That, and the fact he’s fabulous.
Ellen DeGeneres has lead Hollywood stars in a full on boycott of Berverly Hills Hotel over the owner (the Sultan of Brunei)’s anti-gay stoning law in his country. Even bigger news is that Kim Kardashian has cancelled her bridal shower at the hotel and the prestigious Oscars party will no longer be held at the hotel. Across the pond both Stephen Fry and Richard Branson have cancelled bookings at Sultan-owned Dorchester Collection hotels and encouraged others to do the same.
The Government in China is clearly growing nervous of activism ahead of the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre next month, and has therefore decided to arrest a load of gays. Ahead of a seminar due to be held at a Beijing hotel to discuss gay advocacy, 11 activists were arrested in dawn raids. Although Gay relationships have been legal since 1997 and homosexuality removed from the list of mental disorders in the country, this latest act just goes to show how hard any kind of activism or advocacy is in the country.