Live Broadcasting Gay Banality

Everyone, from the most devoted advocate of identity politics, to his neighbor down the hall who couldn’t care less, has to do their laundry.

For all the high (and not-so-high) minded discussions that take place every day, it’s the day-to-day things – visiting our nephews, burning our dinners; doing our laundry – that seem to work best at dispelling stereotypes about who we are to our friends, to our families, and to each other.

This week, I’d like to celebrate the everyday, and highlight the value of showcasing what’s common. – Andrew

Some excerpts:

“[With gay men almost invisible in Chinese society]— just 15% of Chinese LGBT individuals have come out to their families — and gay characters…  subject to censorship, live streaming on gay social media apps [has become] instantly popular, providing much-needed visibility.”

“It helps people who have just realized their identity as gay,” [Kyle] says. “They can see other gays who enjoy their life and live happily, which will give them lots of courage and confidence.”

“The popularity of live streaming in China, particularly on Blued, could very well offer young gay men in China an alternative to the representations they encounter in the mainstream media, Khoo says, adding that “The ‘liveness’ and authenticity of these broadcasts provide a realness to representations of LGBT people and their everyday experiences.”

Live Broadcasting Gay Banality


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