“No Fats, No Femms, No Blacks, No Asians, No…” It amazes me that a community so focused on fighting for equality and human rights would have such a bigoted view when it comes to choosing a date. I’m not saying the entire community is this way, but gay men are notorious for outwardly stating the “preferences” when it all comes down to racism. The image above is from a class assignment in which we were tasked to take a position on something we believed in. I really wanted to focus on several issues that are close to me and what is relevant in society right now. Being an asian gay male I’ve had to live with this prejudice since I came out. I would even wish that I was tall and white so everyone would find me attractive. The naïveté of youth. I’ve come to accept me for being me and with that acceptance I’ve come to appreciate the beauty in all of us, no matter what race, size, shape or color we are.The outer casing is just temporary. We do with our short time on earth, treating others with love and respect, and the positive differences we can make, is what truly matters. We are all on the same journey of life, what you choose to do with that life will determine if it was actually worth living.
I love Wonder Woman. I can’t get enough of her. She was amazing in Batman v. Superman! I did have my reservations at first about Gal Gadot when she was cast, but she completely changed my mind. We haven’t had an official live action version of WW since Lynda Carter (we won’t mention Cathy Lee, or that sad failed TV pilot). There was a lot of pressure on her but she totally delivered. The accent threw me off a little, because we’re so used to seeing Wonder Woman portrayed in the media with no accent. But it makes perfect sense. Like..duh. Of course, she’s greek. Her movie costume is so awesome. My boyfriend pre-ordered the 1:6 scale Sideshow movie version for my birthday and I can’t wait for it to come out! I hope her solo film next year does well. I’m a little worried that with all the hype around it, especially with her appearance in BvS, that expectations are set so high, that if there’s even a little bit of criticism its going to disappointment people. But even if it does suck I’m still going to love it. I still love Spice World.
You know this will never happen. But isn’t that the whole point of fan fiction and fan art? Creating stuff that you wish would happen but won’t ever be possible. I suppose we all have a little bit of, “but it just might…!” That’s what kind of keeps us holding on, that little bit of hope gets us through the day. Life in general is like that. We live, we love, we laugh, we hope. If any of us thought to ourselves, “This is the best its going to get, and its not going to get any better.” Then there’s no point to anything anymore is there? But we know whether we are sickeningly happy or down and depressed, things will get better, it always does.
Continuing our Pride month celebration I decided to post a piece I submitted for one of my Fine Arts project this past year. The theme was meaning and I decided to go with love. Below is my artist statement:
“I wanted to explore the meaning of romantic love as I have personally experienced it through the LGBT community. I wanted to show in my work that love between two individuals should not be restricted to just male and female. I further wanted to investigate the importance of diversity within the community itself when it comes to interracial relationships. I researched different images of love as seen through a visual perspective and chose to use men and women kissing in a loving embrace. I illustrated the images in pencil and created digital versions of each one. To further show the aspect of racial diversity I took the images and digitally colored each figure having a different skin-tone. I created a series of twelve prints resulting in a total of twenty-four skin-tones. Obstructing the faces of the subjects and including the uncolored version in the work also allows the viewer to see that love transcends race and leaves them with the ability to place themselves into the piece, making it a personal experience for them as well.”