— by Koh Ewe: While Hollywood has been making steady improvements in gender inclusivity, Asian pop culture is markedly slower in recognising the importance of LGBTQ representation. Apart from being rare, many of the characters that do appear in the media don’t really constitute a win for the LGBTQ community.

Mainstream media can be plagued by problematic tropes and tokenism — the loud gay best friend or angry butch lesbian — which only further perpetuate stereotypes…

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