The question everyone asks when they know you are writing a book about Penny Wong is whether she will ever be prime minister, and if not, why not. The simple answer is that she is in the wrong house — the Senate — when prime ministers must sit in the House of Representatives. The better answer is that she has never aspired to the job.
Racism is a concern for many in the western lesbiangaybisexual and transgender LGBT communities, with members of racial, ethnic, and national minorities reporting having faced discrimination from other LGBT people. In the United States, ethnic minority LGBT individuals may find themselves in a double minority, in which they are neither fully accepted nor understood by mainly white LGBT communities, nor are they fully accepted by their own ethnic group. A report titled We're Family Too studied what it calls same-sex-attracted people from Arab backgrounds in Australia.
As Asian guys, we belong to a diverse community. We may speak a variety of different languages, we might have been born in Australia or overseas, some of us might be recent migrants or multi-generation Aussies, some here just for study, to improve our English or to start a new life. We all have our own stories, each as unique the other.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender LGBT rights in Asia are limited in comparison to many other areas of the world. Same-sex sexual activity is outlawed in at least twenty Asian countries. In some relatively secular Muslim-majority countries such as AzerbaijanJordanand Turkeyhomosexuality is legal, but usually socially unacceptable.
Romey Louangvilay in Lombok, Indonesia. You are a world traveler and you also work in the tourism industry so I want to talk about your experiences on both sides as a gay Asian man. And how does being Asian add another layer to that?
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Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer LGBTQ Asian and Pacific Islander people have long played important roles in their respective communities. Journalist Helen Ziawho, with her partner Lia, would become one of the first same-sex couples married in the state of California, covered the now-infamous murder of Vincent Chin in Detroit, Michigan. According to the Pew Research Centerthere are approximately 18 million Asians currently living in the United States, which amounts to 6 percent of the nation's population.