Koyuki Higashi and Hiroko smile as they show their marriage rings at their wedding reception in Tokyo. Two lesbians have become the first gay couple to tie the knot at Tokyo Disney Resort, both wore white dresses despite an initial ruling that one had to wear men’s clothes. The event was the first gay wedding in the popular amusement park even though gay marriage has no legal standing in Japan. Photograph: Tatsunari Ueno/AFP/Getty Images
Director: Fan Popo
China | 2012 | 80 min
ENG - For Chinese parents, finding out that their kid is gay usually presents a major tragedy, with the big majority utterly unable to accept the homosexuality of their son or daughter. However, during recent years a fresh rainbow wind has been blowing over the Chinese mainland: a pioneer generation of Chinese parents has been stepping up and speaking out on their love for their gay kids. This documentary features 6 mothers from all over China, who talk openly and freely about their experiences with their homosexual children. With their love, they are giving a whole new definition to Chinese-style family bonds.
ROM - Pentru parintii chinezi, vestea ca fiu lor este gay este, de obicei, o mare tragedie, majoritatii fiindu-le absolut imposibil sa accepte homosexualitatea fiului sau fiicei sale.
Gay couple kissing contest on the busiest shopping strip in Chengdu attracted many exciting females.
China and Japan share in the tradition where homosexuality was present until a relatively late period until they came into contact with the Western world. Just a note, this post refers to homosexual men for the most part as in many cases, lesbianism didn’t have the same “cultural importance” in that time as homosexuality in men. So… sorry? But there is a rather famous instance of lesbianism which will be addressed a bit later in the post.
For China, that would be the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) and for Japan it would be between the Edo period (1603-1868) and the Meiji period (1868-1912). In some cases, people will list Western culture as encroaching into Japan as early as the Muromachi period (1337-1573) which is famous for the Warring States era of Japan.
Homosexuality in China used to be a fairly regular thing. In terms of its tradition, it was more or less like the cases seen in Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome and Japan (Ancient and Feudal; basically until Western influences entered Japan).
The terminology remains somewhat the same whether it’s talking about homosexuality in Greece or China or Japan; usually being related to pederasty. Pederasty is basically, older wiser man meets younger more beautiful man. Pederasty existed typically in cultures where there is a hierarchical institution so for China, it was often the court and nobility but for Japan, it became more common in the theater troupes or the military.
This post is going to be fairly long.
Zanele Muholi: Of Love & Loss (2014) - Currently showing at Stevenson Gallery in Johannesberg (South Africa) from 14 February - 4 April 2014.
The opening coincides with the presentation of a prestigious Prince Claus Award to Muholi.
In times of increasingly homophobic legislation enacted by African countries and in a climate of intolerance towards homosexuals in the Western world, South Africa distinguishes itself with a Constitution that recognises same-sex marriages; yet the black LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex) community is plagued by hate crimes. Black lesbians are particularly vulnerable and are regularly victims of brutal murders and ‘curatives rapes’ at the hand of neighbours or ‘friends’.
Since 2013 Muholi has been documenting weddings and funerals in the black LGBTI community in South Africa, joyful and painful events that often seem to go hand in hand. The show features photographs, video works and an installation highlighting how manifestations of sorrow and celebration bear similarities and are occasions to underline the need for a safe space to express individual identities.
As Muholi writes:Ayanda Magoloza and Nhlanhla Moremi’s wedding in Katlehong took place four months after Duduzile Zozo was murdered in Thokoza. Promise Meyer and Gift Sammone’s wedding in Daveyton took place on 22 December in Daveyton, 15 days after Maleshwane Radebe was buried in Ratanda. Six months earlier, Ziningi and Delisile Ndlela were married in Chesterville, Durban. Many in the area attended the ceremony, blessed the newlywed couple and prayed for them and their children. We long for such blessings as we continue to read about the trials and tribulations that LGBTI persons experience in their churches, where homosexuality is persecuted. In 2014, when South African democracy celebrates its 20 years, it seems more important than ever to raise again our voice against hate crimes and discriminations made towards the LGBTI community.
The exhibition includes also a series of autobiographical images, intimate portraits of Muholi and her partner taken during their travels, a tender counterpoint to the tension still generated in South Africa today by same-sex and interracial relationships.
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Alina Davis, a 23-year-old trans woman, and Allison Brooks, her 19-year-old partner, donned matching white floor-length bridal gowns and married at a civil registry office earlier this month.
As Davis is still legally regarded as male, the office had no choice but to hand them a marriage certificate.
The couple said officials chided them, and appeared to be violent.
‘She called us the shame of the family and said we need medical treatment … I was afraid my pussycat [an affectionate pet name in Russian] would beat the fuck out of her,’ Davis said on her VK page.
But the couple were allowed to sign the papers, meaning a gay couple in Russia are legally recognized as married – even if it’s through a loophole.
‘This is an important precedent for Russia,’ Davis said.
Russia banned same-sex marriage and outlawed ‘gay propaganda’ in 2013.- See more at: http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/russian-gay-couple-marries-most-fierce-way-possible-through-loophole210814#sthash.kpKalSrr.dpuf
holy jesus look at these two warrior princesses
they are my heroes
YOU GO GIRLS
"Oh, you don’t wanna recognize my gender? Okay then lol guess you have to recognize my marriage"
that is amazing