Burmese Director Explores Same-Sex Relationships in New Film
Entitled ‘Gemini,’ Nyo Min Lwin’s film about romance between two men explores ground seldom trod in Burma’s movie industry.

The next project of Nyo Min Lwin, a director known for creating movies outside of the mainstream, engages with a topic rarely explored in Burma’s film industry.

Entitled “Gemini,” the film tells the story of a relationship between two men, said the director.

“I’m planning to direct a man-to-man drama in the last week of January,” Nyo Min Lwin confirmed.

The director’s previous movie, “Spa,” also touches upon the topic of homosexuality, and drew criticism from netizens on Facebook when the trailer went viral on social media.

When asked by The Irrawaddy about potential criticism of “Gemini,” Nyo Min Lwin was frank.

“I welcome any constructive criticism. But I don’t like armchair criticism. I think of it as kind of a personal attack, and not a review,” he said. “I don’t care about such criticism… but I listen to constructive criticism and the voices of my real fans.”

The cast includes actors Okkar Min Maung and Nyein Chan Kyaw playing the film’s leading male characters and Aye Myat Thu as the female character.

“I am proud to act in the film, as I can represent gays and lesbians in Myanmar,” Okkar Min Maung said.

He added that the film is family-friendly and will not include scenes of a sexual nature. It focuses on “the love and attachment between two men,” he said.

In a conservative society like Burma, the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) label is still a social taboo despite more people opening up about their sexual orientation in recent years. Yet under Section 377 of Burma’s penal code, homosexuality remains illegal and can be punished with fines and lengthy prison sentences.

do y’know what bugs me? when someone says “i don’t feel _____ enough.” It’s not that I dislike the person, because I’ve done this before too, it’s just… where did we learn that other people are going to police our sexuality? the best advice I ever got was some online, anonymous dude who said “sexuality and gender are fluid, man. you can change and if people dislike what you identify as, tell them to shove an entire apple up their ass” like, that is so great. I mean, I thought I was a lesbian, then maybe bi, then pan, then I turned 180 degrees and now identify as ace, but that might change. 

Moral is: who the hell cares if you are “bi enough”????? nobody. nobody in the LGBTQIA+ community should/would care if you are “bi/pan/whatever enough”. you are enough just because you exist. we love you and support you no matter what.

Having a Calm, Collected Conversation With Someone Will Always Get You Farther Than Screaming at Them

I was just sitting and thinking and I remembered a moment from my time in class this week. This kid asked why google and other sites have an ‘other’ option beneath male and female. I explained that some people are neither male nor female, or don’t identify as such. There are any number of reasons, really. I also mentioned that I myself am queer, to provide an example of identity. Several people were confused about this, and looked at me strangely, but I explained it further, calmly, despite any frustration I had.

I am used to many people calling bull shit on my identity. But it was only the one kid who wouldn’t accept me as valid (in a room with many people). The others, despite most of them having no prior knowledge of genderqueer individuals, talk to me with complete respect. A couple even came to my defense (both were cis).

There will always be people who refuse to accept you. But I firmly believe that if you are kind and rational, most people learn. Imagine if I had screamed at everyone in that room? I’d just be a crazy, ranty person.

So please, please try to be understanding of ignorance. :) It isn’t always people being assholes. Just people who don’t have much experience with certain things.

anonymous asked:

hi! I really appreciate your post on white fans not having ownership (if that's the right way to put it?) of hamilton, but I was wondering what you thought that might look like. does it mean analyzing your own reactions to the show / leaving making fanworks to fans of color / something else? I've seen a number of posts along these lines but without much discussion of the implications (and I realize you don't speak for everyone, just wondering your opinion!)

Yeah!! I guess I just meant being aware and not…idk…honestly i don’t know. I think self-awareness is always a good thing. This maybe sorta came out of the Hamilton fic bingo card im working on (and may or may not publish lol), because, reading Hamilton fics, i’ve found if social issues are discussed in a fic, a lot of people ignore race issues and make it all about LGBTQIA+ issues which like - those issues are important and I get that it makes sense in the context of a fic centered on building a relationship, but in some cases it feels like taking ownership of characters without acknowledging the parts of their identity that aren’t relevant to the author’s knowledge or experience, when their race is what the musical is centered on. If that makes sense? I definitely am not saying “if you’re white you can’t enjoy this or make fanworks about it” because that would be like…….beyond hypocritical lol, and fanfiction is ultimately wish fulfillment, but I think being conscious about what you write/read is good.

Just a casual reminder, if you ever see me reblog a post with problematic information/text, or if the person involved is problematic please let me know. 

The same goes for posts about POC, trans issues and other LGBTQIA issues. I am in no means an expert in any of these areas, but I’m constantly trying to educate myself and I will mess up in that process.  But I want to learn and become a better, more effective ally. 

Mostly, I’m concerned with posts I agree with but I’m not sure that as a white cis-woman I can reblog. 
Does anyone have any thoughts?

“How can I foster healthy, safe, and productive dialogues about LGBTQIA issues in my college classroom?”

Question Submitted Anonymously
Answered by Cheryl Clarke

Cheryl Says:

The right ways to engage your college class in positive dialogues on LGBTQIA issues depends first upon your reasons for wanting to do so. Before you begin to plan a dialogue, you should ask yourself the following questions: Do you want the issues of LGBTQIA communities to come up organically from materials you are using, without initiating the discussion yourself? Do you want to be more intentional by including the topic in your syllabus and taking a more formal approach? The ease or difficulty of introducing LGBTQIA issues into class discussions also depends upon the subject matter you are teaching. Some subjects, such as literature, social science, and women’s and gender studies are more naturally conducive to the introduction of social issues such as sexuality and gender identity. Understand your own motives, as an instructor, for wanting these discussions to take place.

First and foremost, you should work to develop guidelines for your classroom environment and clearly convey these expectations to your students at the beginning of the semester or school year. For example, you can ask students to use inclusive language, ask them their names and pronouns, uphold standards of confidentiality (what is said in the classroom stays in the classroom), and encourage a respect for difference—whether it be with religion, race, ethnicity, ability, gender or sexuality. Establishing these ground rules helps to create a space where students feel comfortable voicing their opinions and having dialogues with each other.

It’s important to be  aware of resources available to your students, and to consider what their worlds are like outside of your classroom. Is there an LGBTQIA Center in your community? Are sexuality and gender expressions and identities protected in your institution’s nondiscrimination policy? Are counseling resources available? Is there a diverse array of courses offered in the school’s curriculum that address different identities and communities? Is there any extra-curricular programming on these issues that you can encourage your students to attend?

On a similar note, use what is available in your students’ own environments to ask questions of them, such as television shows like Modern Family or Orange is the New Black or public figures such as Caitlin Jenner. Talk about how LGBTQIA people are portrayed in the media and what stereotypes the media perpetuates about LGBTQIA characters, especially LGBTQIA characters of color.

Another great way to introduce LGBTQIA topics into your classes is to invite members of LGBTQIA community organizations as guest speakers. Particularly on college campuses, many college campuses have LGBTQIA student organizations whose exist on campus and its members are willing to come into classrooms to lead peer education. Students often learn better from other students, and productive conversations can ensue from these interactions.

Many other resources can help facilitate your discussions. Films are immensely helpful, especially documentaries and features. Out of the Past: The Struggle for Gay and Lesbian Rights in America is a 1998 documentary that is still so good, despite its age. If you want to talk about AIDS in the context of LGBTQIA issues, Hold Tight Gently: The Battlefield of AIDS by Martin Duberman is excellent and recent. In addition, literature and history provide excellent platforms for the discussion of LGBTQIA issues. Writers like James Baldwin, Audre Lorde, Adrienne Rich, June Jordan, Judy Grahn, Essex Hemphill, Martin Duberman, Samuel Delany, Jeanette Winterson, Jewelle Gomez, Mecca Jamilah Sullivan, and many, many more would be useful.

The textbook Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice (eds. Adams, Bell, and Griffin) has an excellent section called “Sexism, Heterosexism, and Transgender Oppression” filled with exercises for students that would enable dialogues. But you can also fashion your own dialogues by developing questions from the reading or other course material. Break the class down into small groups and give them questions to answer, such as:

  • What did you learn about sexuality from your family, your community, your church?
  • When did you first meet a gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender person?
  • Have you always wanted to be the gender you are?

When finished, bring them back together and have them report out. Ask them, “What are you learning?” Make a list on the board, which will illustrate the diversity of responses.

As a whole, self-knowledge and experience in the classroom are critical here. Be sure to prepare yourself ahead of time, and if you are new to teaching, talk to more seasoned teachers and ask them what they do. Build up your confidence first. Equip yourself with responses to students’ probable comments and questions. Prepare questions for them. Develop a bibliography of LGBTQIA resources so that you can continue to educate yourself on the burgeoning knowledge in this field as an ongoing order of business. This bibliography may be shared with your students after you start the dialogue. Include LGBTQIA issues with a catalogue of different issues, as stated above. And remember: always begin with a question.


From 1992-2009, Cheryl Clarke was the founding director of the Office of Social Justice Education and LGBT Communities at Rutgers University, New Brunswick Campus. She retired from Rutgers in 2013, after 41 years. She is the author of four books of poetry and has been an out lesbian since 1973.


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so, one of my good friends decided to write about the correlation between the LGBTQIA community and bullying, because she felt inspired by stories of how i was never bullied when i came out late in my teenage years. honestly, i felt really touched that she researched and wrote about it for her term paper. but instead of telling me this, she gave me a starbucks card beforehand and proceeded to ask me to look over her essay. i felt like she was bribing me at first and laughed. as soon as i read the paper, i could feel my heart melt and felt INCREDIBLY touched by how thorough she was in her research. i am SO PROUD of her and it’s amazing how she was so happy that i help corrected her paper. i really would’ve done it without the bribe because she wrote such a wonderful paper. how do i even express in words that i appreciate her so much and her effort to understand this issue?? :) it blew my mind. oh, and i used that starbucks card today. HAHAHAHA it tasted wonderfully gay. :)

anonymous asked:

Olly's tweets about LGBT issues. would that really help the community?

I really think so. Just having representation and challenging stigma in the form of hearing songs on the radio that have same-sex pronouns and are about a man having sex with another man etc is important, but the way Olly uses his platform in such a positive way to tweet about important LGBTQIA+ issues (as well as those pertaining to feminism, racism etc) to try to educate people is really great. He also tweets really positive and supportive messages for  LGBTQIA+ people themselves which - I know I can only speak for myself (as an LGBTQIA+ identifying person myself) but I know lots of others feel the same - really means a lot. Some people don’t have anyone in their personal life that can offer those kind of reassuring messages, and even if they do, hearing someone so successful talk about the same experiences (bullying, struggles with coming out/self-acceptance, mental illness etc all of which are more common in LGBTQIA+ communities) and reassure them in an encouraging and affirmative way is really helpful yeah :)

LGBTQIA related issues.

Hello tumblr world,
I’m starting my schools GSA and I want to be more informed. I know a lot about sexuality and coming to terms with being gay etc, I’m really wondering about gender mostly. I know there’s different pronouns and such, I know the basics but can anyone tell me more about the lgbtqia+ community so I can be as educated as possible as a leader. Thank you so much.
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