2012 has been a year of celebration for the LGBT family. Gay news has constantly dominated the media, became a buzz, and even a topic in the City Forum (城市論壇). In March, Anthony Wong proudly shouted “I am gay!” (「我是一個同性戀者」) on his concert，DJ-turned legislative councilor Ray Chan publicly disclosed his sexual orientation after winning the 2012 legislative election, followed by Gigi Chao announcing her marriage with her wife, Sean, and then concluded by Denise Ho saying her “should-have-done-ages-ago” coming out speech during the HK Pride Parade 2012. An issue which has always existed but treated invisibly has finally risen to the surface, as if a powerful sea creature being called awake.
Why is there such a thing as “coming out”?
Today, gay issues still make big news, and coming-out is still headline-material publishable news. Is this good or bad? In a society which homosexuality is still considered as a taboo, when religions organizations still consider homosexuality as sexual immorality and relates it to a deadly sin, I would say that coming out must still stir up “a big deal”, and also be newsworthy, so as to ‘speak up’ for the gays and raise public awareness.
We are not quite there yet – the utopic world when gay news should not be a big deal, and coming-out should not be an “issue” – if there was normalcy of homos and heteros, why would only homos need to “come out” while heteros never need to say “Mom, I’m straight, please don’t disown me”. If “coming out” was to be celebrated by the straight or gay population, would the underlying predisposition (even of gays) of “homosexuality” be abnormality, and it is to be reasonably-marginalized?
The labeling of queerness with sophistication
Deng Xiaoyu (鄧小宇), the man who established “City Magazine” (《號外》), once criticized that queerness has become a kind of labeling with style and sophistication. Undeniably, queer is sometimes viewed as a popular trend, and the media...