Lezs, which claims to be Asia’s most influential lesbian magazine, has picked “influence” as its theme for October, the month in which Taiwan’s gay parade takes place each year. In this issue, influential Taiwanese women from different fields are invited to talk about women’s and gender topics. In particular, Asian pop queen Jolin Tsai was invited to appear in the cover photo, since her influence echoes the theme of the month.
Besides Tsai, who has just been named “Icon of The Year” in this year’s Asia LGBT Milestone Awards, Jennifer Lu and Miao Po-ya, as Taiwan’s first legislative candidates to reveal their lesbian identities, award-winning film director Wang Hsiao-ti and artist Kristy Chu, who has the courage to think outside the box, have all been invited to share their thoughts on gay and gender equality topics in the October issue.
This is Tsai’s first appearance on Lezs’ cover. With her influence across Asia, she is once again speaking out for the gay community. Since 2012, she has signed a petition to pass a bill for diverse family formation, released her 2012 album Muse, featuring Dr Jolin and Fantasy, and released her 2014 album Play, featuring We’re All Different, Yet The Same and Gentlewomen, dedicated to the gay community and voicing her support for the gender equality movement. Her Play album even won the Best Mandarin Album in this year’s Golden Melody Awards. Over the years, she has used her vast influence to show her support for the gay rights movement.
Photo courtesy of Lezs
Just before this October’s Taipei gay parade takes place, Tsai is featured on the cover of Lezs. Interviewed by the magazine, she says, “We have to give opponents some time to think about the matter. After all, everyone has different views about what love is.” She also said that currently her idea about marriage is to let nature take its course. When asked how she would feel if her child were gay, she responded with an open mind, “I would be a mother who is open to all kinds of possibilities.” In the interview, she used many of her personal experiences to encourage all girls to be themselves as much as they can, go beyond society’s mindframe of what beauty is, and live life to the prettiest in their own ways.
(Liberty Times, translated by Ethan Zhan)
1. lesbian n.
女同志 (nu3 tong2 zhi4)
例: I know my best friend is a lesbian, but that does not affect our friendship one bit.
2. icon n.
偶像 (ou3 xiang4)
例: My mother never forbids me to worship icons, because she has more icons to worship than I do.
3. gay community phr.
同志族群 (tong2 zhi4 zu2 qun2)
例: Although he is not gay, he is a human rights activist for the gay community.
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