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Chinese LGBTQ-plus couples are getting married virtually through weddings hosted in Utah

virtual wedding utah
  • LGBTQ-plus couples in China and Hong Kong are now getting married via virtual weddings hosted in Utah County, Utah.
  • Since the state does not impose citizenship requirements for marriage licenses, Utah County was able to conduct virtual weddings for international couples online.
  • Soon after it began offering the service during the pandemic, the county became a virtual destination for same-sex couples who can’t legally wed in their respective countries.
  • Newlyweds Xu Yanzhou and Zhu Xiaoming, who learned about the process from a close friend, got married via Zoom for around $100.

Chinese LGBTQ-plus couples are using digital technology to circumvent China’s non-recognition of same-sex marriages. 

Since 2021, around 200 Chinese and Hong Kong couples have tied the knot via virtual weddings hosted in the state of Utah, and in particular, Utah County. 

Cultural biases made me question if I could love my white boyfriend, until I lost him

While waiting at the airport, my undocumented Mami would look for the camouflaged yellow of crocodile eyes. And when she finally spotted some — on the faces of patrolling white immigration officers and security guards — she would stand close to them and take out her tattered copy of The Wall Street Journal, flipping through the pages as though she understood every word. Mami was a woman of pretend. Growing up, I watched her mouth spin the lies and tricks that kept us safe in a white man’s world, learning to hold my breath whenever I saw her hold hers.

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Sri Lanka’s president says government will not oppose bill to decriminalize homosexuality

  • Newly elected Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe announced Sunday his government would not oppose the motion submitted by Member of Parliament and attorney-at-law Premnath C. Dolawatte to decriminalize LGBTQ-plus rights.
  • “We are for it, but you have to get the support of individual members. It’s a matter of their private conscience,” Wickremesinghe said, addressing Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Samantha Power.
  • The bill, titled “Penal Code (Amendment) (19th Act) bill to amend the Penal Code,” was first submitted by Dolawatte on Aug. 24.
  • Under sections 365 and 365A in Sri Lanka’s Penal Code, those who are caught having voluntary intercourse with the same sex can face a prison sentence of not less than 10 years and up to 20 years with fines.

President Ranil Wickremesinghe, who took office in July, said Sunday that the Sri Lankan government would not oppose the motion to decriminalize consensual sexual relations between same-sex couples in the country.

Speaking to Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Samantha Power, Wickremesinghe said the bill, which would amend sections 365 and 365A of the Sir Lanka Penal Code, will still require support from parliament members.

Vietnam declares being gay ‘not an illness’ 32 years after WHO declassification of homosexuality as disease

  • Vietnam’s Ministry of Health declared homosexuality as “not a disease” in a directive to provincial and municipal health departments on Aug. 3.
  • The announcement noted that homosexuality “is entirely not an illness” and therefore “cannot be ‘cured’ nor need[s] to be ‘cured’ and cannot be converted in any way.”
  • The belief that homosexuality is a curable disease has reportedly prevailed in Vietnam partly due to the government’s failure in adopting the World Health Organization’s initial and succeeding positions on the subject.
  • The American Psychiatric Association (APA), through its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) — the global gold standard for the diagnosis of psychiatric illnesses — first declassified homosexuality as a disorder in 1973 and completely removed it from the manual in 1987.
  • Aside from declaring homosexuality normal, Vietnam’s Ministry of Health stressed that any form of support to LGBTQ-plus individuals must be provided only by sexual identity experts.

Nearly 50 years after the American Psychiatric Association (APA) — the organization behind the world’s gold standard for diagnosing mental illnesses — first declassified homosexuality as a disease, Vietnam has followed suit earlier this month.

The “huge paradigm shift” came in an Aug. 3 announcement sent by the Ministry of Health to local government units, including provincial and municipal health departments.

The voice behind Moro in ‘Princess Mononoke’ is an absolute legend

  • A behind-the-scenes clip from the production of Studio Ghibli’s 1997 film “Princess Mononoke” has gone viral on Twitter.
  • In the clip, Akihiro Miwa, the voice of Moro, goes through the process of finding the perfect tone for the wolf god’s mocking laugh.
  • The film’s director, Hayao Miyazaki, asks for a laugh with “a strong impression.”
  • Miwa’s third attempt blows Miyazaki away, causing him to sit up straight in his chair with excitement.
  • Miwa is an accomplished Japanese drag queen, actor and singer, whose acting credits also includes Arechi no Majo, or the Witch of the Waste, in “Howl’s Moving Castle,” another Studio Ghibli production.

A behind-the-scenes clip of recording sessions from the production of Studio Ghibli’s 1997 film “Princess Mononoke” has gone viral on Twitter.

In a clip taken from the 1998 documentary “How Princess Mononoke Was Born,” Akihiro Miwa, the voice of Moro, goes through multiple takes to find the perfect tone for the wolf god’s mocking laugh.

Trans woman in Japan denied status as parent of her own daughter

  • A Japanese court has ruled that a trans woman in her 40s cannot be recognized as the legal parent of her second daughter due to her transition.
  • The court legally recognized the woman as the parent of her first daughter but not her second child as she was born following the woman’s transition.
  • The woman’s original request was denied in February, and after appealing against the ruling, the Tokyo high court denied her request once again on Friday.

A trans woman in Japan was denied parental rights and recognition as the legal parent of her second daughter by the Tokyo high court due to her transition.

It was ruled on Friday that the trans woman in her 40s was only recognized as the legal parent of her first daughter. Since her second daughter was born after her transition, the court denied the woman’s rights as the girl’s legal parent.

‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ was banned from Malaysian theaters due to LGBTQ content, reveals official

  • Malaysia has banned “Thor: Love and Thunder” from local theaters due to its LGBTQ content.
  • The Deputy Communications and Multimedia Minister Zahidi Zainul Abidin said on Wednesday that the government and its religious department, the Islamic Affairs Department (JAKIM), would continue to double down on the spread of LGBTQ culture.
  • In “Thor,” both Valkyrie and Korg caused a stir after Valkyrie is shown ruling Asgard as its openly gay king while Korg finds love with another member of his all-male species.
  • On the same day that Zahidi made these comments, Human Rights Watch and transgender rights group Justice for Sisters published a report that denounced the government’s criminalization of same-sex conduct and push for conversion therapy.

Malaysia has banned Marvel’s latest movie “Thor: Love and Thunder” from releasing in theaters as the government moves to bolster censorship of LGBTQ content.

Malaysia’s Film Censorship Board (LPF) already banned “Lightyear” from premiering in local theaters earlier this year after requests for cuts to be made to the film were denied by Disney. The “Toy Story” spin-off, which featured Buzz’s friend Alisha Hawthorne in a same-sex marraige, was banned in at least 16 Muslim-majority countries.

Transgender activist attacked in San Francisco robbery attempt says she was targeted for being Hindu

  • Anjali Rimi, president and chief executive officer of Parivar Bay Area, a San Francisco-based nonprofit supporting queer and trans South Asians, fell victim to an attempted robbery on Saturday night.
  • Rimi was crossing a street with a friend — another trans South Asian woman — when a motorcycle “suddenly revved up” and “came at us,” she told SFGate.
  • The 43-year-old sustained a hand injury in the incident, which she believes was a targeted crime because she is Hindu and was wearing a sari at the time.
  • San Francisco police, however, said they found “no indication that this was a prejudice-based incident.”

A trans Indian woman believes she was targeted for wearing a sari in an alleged attempted robbery in downtown San Francisco on Saturday night.

Anjali Rimi, president and chief executive officer of Parivar Bay Area — a local nonprofit supporting queer and trans South Asians — sustained a hand injury in the incident which involved a speeding motorcycle.

‘Merry Queer’: Episode 1 of South Korea’s first LGBTQ-plus reality show available on YouTube

Merry Queer
  • Available on Korean streaming platform Wavve, “Merry Queer” is an LGBTQ-plus “coming out” romance reality series that premiered the week of July 8.
  • Multiple storylines reveal the intimate experiences of the couples and the challenges they face in South Korea.
  • The show is hosted by entertainment personalities Shin Dong-yup and Hong Seok-cheon and Hani of Exid.
  • The first episode focuses on the everyday lives of Kim Min-jun and Park Bo-sung, a gay couple with over 1.7 million subscribers on their YouTube channel, Bosungjun.
  • “Stranger’s Love,” which centers on men moving into the homes of their male partners, is also expected to debut in mid-July on Wavve.

“Merry Queer,” which features couples of different sexualities, is the first LGBTQ-plus reality series in South Korea.

Available on streaming platform Wavve — a joint platform between SK Telecom, KBS, MBC and SBS — “Merry Queer” is an LGBTQ-plus “coming out” romance reality series that premiered the week of July 8. Multiple storylines reveal the intimate experiences of the couples and the challenges they face in South Korea. The show is hosted by entertainment personalities Shin Dong-yup and Hong Seok-cheon and Hani of Exid. 

‘Drag Race Philippines’: TV personality who can transform into any celebrity tapped to host

  • Filipino makeup transformation artist and TV star Paolo Ballesteros has been named as the main host of the upcoming “Drag Race Philippines.”
  • The show, which premieres on Wow Present Plus on Aug. 17, is one of the many international spin-offs based on the hit American reality series “RuPaul’s Drag Race.”
  • Ballesteros, 39, is a known celebrity in the Philippines who has starred in films such as 2016’s “Die Beautiful” and 2019’s “The Panti Sisters.”
  • Drag performer Jiggly Caliente, who competed on “RuPaul's Drag Race 4” and “All Stars 6,” was previously confirmed to be one of the upcoming show’s judges.

Filipino TV personality Paolo Ballesteros has been named as the main host of the upcoming “Drag Race Philippines,” a spin-off of the hit American reality series “RuPaul’s Drag Race.”

Ballesteros, whose makeup transformations have made him an online sensation, was introduced as a “Filipino drag artist, celebrity model, and superstar host” by the show’s official Instagram account in a teaser video on Tuesday.

‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ set to lose millions in potential revenue as China release prospects dim

  • Marvel Studios’ newest film “Thor: Love and Thunder,” which launched globally last week, has yet to get a release date in China.
  • In 2017, “Thor: Ragnarok” earned $112 million in China, which is now the second-largest film market in the world, second only to the U.S.
  • Getting approval for “Thor 4” is deemed unlikely by observers as Disney has recently maintained a stance to not remove gay references and content in its films just to appease government censors in international markets.
  • “Thor 4” could now be the seventh consecutive Marvel superhero movie to be blocked in China, joining “Black Widow,” “Eternals,” “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” “Venom: Let There Be Carnage,” “Spider-Man: No Way Home” and “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.”

Nearly a week after its successful global release, Marvel Studios’ newest film “Thor: Love and Thunder” has yet to get a release date in China. 

The fourth installment of the Thor franchise and the latest in the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is at risk of being denied approval by Chinese film regulators purportedly due to its LGBTQ content. 

Parents of child with gender dysphoria say she ‘wants to die’ after bullying in Japanese preschool

  • The parents of a child diagnosed with gender dysphoria have asked the city government to investigate the bullying she purportedly faced while attending a day nursery in Otsu, Japan.
  • The 8-year-old child, who was born a biological male but identifies as female, was allegedly targeted in 2019 at the age of 6 for her “female clothes” and “belongings designed for girls.”
  • In a report submitted on Wednesday to Otsu Mayor Kenji Sato, 11 incidents were cited in which the child was bullied, including the times when she was beaten and ridiculed by students who called her “a ladyboy” and “a liar.”
  • The child is experiencing health problems such as hair loss and adjustment disorder, according to her mother.
  • The child’s parents have reportedly requested for a separate investigative panel concerning her case.

The parents of a child diagnosed with gender dysphoria have asked the city government to investigate the bullying she purportedly faced while attending a day nursery in Otsu, Japan.

The child, who is currently 8 years old, was bullied at the age of 6 in April 2019, as stated in a report submitted to Otsu Mayor Kenji Sato on Wednesday. She was born a biological male but identifies as female and was allegedly targeted for wearing “female clothes” and bringing “belongings designed for girls” to school, The Asahi Shimbun reported. This is believed to be Japan’s first recognized case of bullying against a preschool child.