They're here. They're queer and Chinese Canadian. So get used to it.
Our City of Colours, an initiative to fill the void of LGBT people visible in local ethnic and linguistic communities, has released its first poster, which will go up in public spaces around town.
The taboo-busting poster (shown above) features two guys, 25-year-old Aaron and 24-year-old Spencer, holding hands. A list of their interests are written in both English and Chinese. And at the bottom, it states that each guy loves the other one.
Links to the City of Colours Facebook page are also provided.
(The graphic designer is Derek Reynolds and the photographer is Ken Yang.)
In an interview in August, Darren Ho told the Straight that he was inspired to create the project after seeing parents, particularly those of Chinese descent, protesting the Burnaby School Board's attempt to institute an anti-homophobia policy. He realized that there is a lack of LGBT images in media aimed at ethnic or linguistic communities. He pointed out that although visible minorities appear in LGBT media, these are often only in English or set in a very Westernized context that sometimes does not speak to cultural minority groups.
While their first poster is aimed at the Chinese Canadian community, other posters are being made for the Persian, South Asian (Punjabi), and Korean Canadian communities. They'll be released throughout November.
What sort of impact they'll have remains to be seen, but one thing is certain: they'll stir up plenty of discussion, which is what Darren is hoping for.
Darren also says that they're looking for volunteers for putting up the posters, which will go up next week in Richmond, Coquitlam, Burnaby, North Vancouver, and Surrey. If you're interested in helping out, get in touch with them through their Facebook webpage.
What's your response to the posters? Do you think that they are effective in increasing LGBT visibility?