Vietnam’s ‘femme queer on the streets, dom top in the sheets’

Queer Vietnamese Dan Ni (Photo: provided)

‘My existence is a story to be told about gender politics, about defying what society says is masculine, feminine, what’s accepted and what is not’ says Vietnamese graphic designer Dan Ni.

In a new documentary, Dating with Dan Ni, the 24-year-old delves into LGBTI Vietnam’s world of online dating, polyamory, and femininity.

Asia’s leading LGBTI film streaming service GagaOOLala will screen it this Friday (11 January).

Dan Ni, a part-time model and drag performer and a ‘full-time queen’, challenges stereotypes that tops should look buff and act straight.

‘I’m being my truest self’ he told Gay Star News.

Vietnam's full-time queen Dan Ni (Photo: Facebook)

Vietnam’s full-time queen Dan Ni (Photo: Facebook)

His world of lace, sequins, fishnet and rhinestones battles femme-shaming and masculine ideals within the gay community. Dan Ni’s self-proclaimed ‘big gun’ also helps, apparently.

His Facebook profile once identified himself as a ‘femme queer on the streets, dom top in the sheets’.

‘The thing I want to achieve most is to plant a seed in people’s heads, so that the next time they see a kid who’s different from the norm, they will give said kid an easier time’ he told Gay Star News.

Dan Ni also talked to Queer Asia about his open relationship with his American boyfriend Shay.

‘The premise of having an open relationship is not because we want to sleep with other people, but about trust’ he said.

Queer Asia

GagaOOLala’s Queer Asia series explores Hong Kong, Philippines, Japan and Vietnam.

In the first four episodes, Cheuk Wan-chi met a number of Hong Kong’s LGBTI icons. It featured the last interview with LGBTI pop star Ellen Joyce Loo before she passed away.

Cheuk also talked to film director Jun Li. What’s more, the director has recently released Tracey, telling the story of a transgender woman.

The third episode revealed the story behind Hong Kong’s successful 2022 Gay Games Bid. The final episode, Welcome to Our World, focused on lesbian and transgender Filipino migrant workers in the city.

Three episodes explored LGBTI life in Japan. This included gay erotic manga.

Organizers of the Taiwan International Queer Film Festival launched this year GagaOOLala to amplify the voices of LGBTI people and generate awareness across the region.

Author: Rik Glauert

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‘Harmful’ gender stereotypes to be banned in UK adverts from June 2019

The UK’s advertising watchdog has announced it will ban all ‘gender stereotypes that are likely to cause harm’.

The Committees of Advertising Practice (CAP) said stereotypes in adverts ‘contribute to how people see themselves and their role in society‘.

The rules, which will come into force in June 2019, will ban every ad featuring clichés traditionally associated with gender. This will include men struggling with household chores and young girls being less academic than boys.

The decision follows a review of gender stereotyping in adverts by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). They are responsible for UK Advertising Codes, written by CAP.

The review found that ‘harmful stereotypes can restrict the choices, aspirations, and opportunities of children, young people, and adults’.

These traditional depictions, in fact, might hold people back from ‘fulfilling their potential, or from aspiring to certain jobs and industries, bringing costs for individuals and the economy’.

Will this ban all depictions of gender-typical roles?

‘There is nothing in our new guidance to suggest that ads can’t feature people carrying out gender-typical roles,’ Ella Smillie, a policy expert at CAP, told the BBC.

‘The issue would be if in that depiction it suggested that that’s the only option available to that gender and never carried out by someone of another gender.’

This is the case especially with adverts depicting the household chores routine.

‘So for example, if you had a woman doing the cleaning, we wouldn’t anticipate a problem. But if you had an advert with a man creating lots of mess and putting his feet up while a woman cleaned up around him, and it was very clear that she was the only person that did that at home, that’s the kind of thing that could be a problem.’

Other problematic examples

CAP highlighted other examples that could be problematic.

These include situations that depict a man or a woman failing to succeed at something because of their gender. Furthermore, adverts that belittle a man for carrying out stereotypically female tasks.

Finally, adverts that emphasized the contrast between a boy’s and a girl’s stereotypical personalities need to be ‘handled with care’.

The watchdog already has banned adverts featuring gender stereotypes on grounds of objectification and inappropriate sexualization. Unhealthily thin body images that might be particularly harmful to young people have also been banned.

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