Remember what journalism was? It's been replaced by slideshows. They keep you on the site longer and increase page views. HuffPost's JR Tungol has compiled the "54 Most Influential LGBT Asian Icons" and he writes, "Each icon I've discovered has instilled in me a sense of pride and even greater hope in the upswing of our civil rights movement." He found "familiar faces such as Margaret Cho and BD Wong to perhaps lesser-known individuals such as Urvashi Vaid." Wut! Who are these 53 icons better known than Urv? Well... A woman who self-pubbed a zine in 1995 and quit to focus on her acupuncture business. A man who started a gay group at Michigan. The diversity director at HRC. A diversity director at NYU. The mayor of West Sacramento. Somebody running for Congress in California. Tungol overdoses on fashion people and includes FIVE different contestants from RuPaul's Drag Race... which is five times as many novelists as he names, only Ghalib Dhalla. The list ignores three-time Nobel nominee Yukio Mishima! Vikram Seth! Also missing are wonderful writers like Han Ong, Alexander Chee, Shyam Selvadurai, Malinda Lo, Rahul Mehta, Noel Alumit, Zamora Linmark, Rakesh Satyal, Justin Chin, et al.
Nevertheless, queer Asian visibility needs every link it can get, and the slideshow may introduce you to a few worthy people like lesbian Pamela Ki Mai Chen, newly nominated to the federal bench.