Posts Tagged 'broadcasting'

“America’s Next Top Model” to include transgender

Source: San Francisco Chronicle
Date: 14 August 2008

“America’s Next Top Model” Praised By Gay Rights Group

The producers of “America’s Next Top Model” have been praised by the president of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation for including a transgender contestant in the new series.

The hit reality show, created by former supermodel Tyra Banks, will enter its 11th season next month and will include former receptionist Isis, who describes herself as “a woman born physically male.” Continue reading ‘“America’s Next Top Model” to include transgender’

Phoenix TV, China, showcases a gay family

Source: A posting made on SiGNeL – People Like Us’ GLBT email group – by “Kris” on 1 June 2008, referring to a TV program that was made some months earlier

China is so much more enlightened than Singapore

Came across these videos on a documentary shown on China’s Fenghuang Dianshi (Phoenix TV) some time before March 2007.

Part 1 is here:

Part 2 is here:

These were recorded from “Lu Yu You Yue”, or ‘A Date With Lu Yu – Tell Us Your Story’.  Lu Yu is a famous female talk show host in China. The show is in Mandarin, with Chinese sub-titles.  My apologies to those who do not understand Chinese/Mandarin…

Baiscally, the entire show focuses on the lives, love, trials and tribulations of Li Lunzuo and Ju Jiazhong.  Li was born into a farming family in Chengdu, while Ju was born in Chongqing.  Both of them were born 10+ days apart in March 1956. Continue reading ‘Phoenix TV, China, showcases a gay family’

Hong Kong court rejects censure of gay program

Source: The Standard (Hong Kong)
9 May 2008

Judge rejects censure of gay program
by Nickkita Lau

A High Court judge yesterday described the Broadcasting Authority’s censure of an RTHK program on homosexuality as “an impermissible restriction on freedom of speech.”

In ordering the authority to quash its official reprimand, Michael Hartmann said it was “plainly wrong” to believe the TV program Gay Lover promoted gay marriage.

“It is now recognized in our law that the prohibition against discrimination on the basis of sex refers not only to gender but also to sexual orientation,” the judge said. Continue reading ‘Hong Kong court rejects censure of gay program’

Normalizing gay people in Singapore


2 May 2008
Philadelphia Gay News, a weekly newspaper, page 11.

The island nation of Singapore has a population of about 4.5 million people. The country’s media watchdog is resolved that not one of those people will see gays on TV.

The Media Development Authority just spanked a television station for showing the unthinkable: a gay family.

At 7:30 a.m. on Jan. 13, MediaCorp TV Channel 5 ran an episode of “Find and Design,” a home andNormalizing gay people in Singapore decor series. In the episode, a gay couple wanted to transform their game room into a nursery for their adopted baby.

Editor’s note: the rest of the article is not available in text form but as a gif file whose thumbnail is at right.

Mainichi: NHK ventures into the closet for first time with program on homosexuality

NHK ventures into the closet for first time with program on homosexuality

Coverage of homosexuality by Japan’s notoriously squeaky clean, hyper-conservative public broadcaster NHK has so far been as hard to find as a G-spot, but the taxpayer-funded network is finally coming out of the closet, according to Shukan Shincho (4/24).

NHK’s Education Channel program “Haato wo Tsunago (Let’s Connect Hearts)” will screen a program on homosexuality on April 28 and 29, continuing its trend since hitting the air two years ago of taking on controversial topics like child abuse, learning disabilities and hikikomori recluses.

“We’ve covered gender identity on the program before and some responses to those shows urged us to consider the problems facing homosexuals, so we decided to pick up the issue,” an NHK spokesman tells Shukan Shincho. Continue reading ‘Mainichi: NHK ventures into the closet for first time with program on homosexuality’

MDA: MediaCorp TV Channel 5 fined for breaching Programme Code

MediaCorp TV Channel 5 fined for breaching Programme Code

MediaCorp TV Channel 5 has been fined by the Media Development Authority (MDA) for an episode in an acquired series, “Find and Design”. The episode normalises and promotes a gay lifestyle and was aired on Sunday, 13 January 2008 at 7.30am.

The programme “Find and Design” is a home and decor series and in the episode concerned, the host helps a gay couple to transform their game room into a new nursery for their adopted baby. The episode contained several scenes of the gay couple with their baby as well as the presenter’s congratulations and acknowledgement of them as a family unit in a way which normalises their gay lifestyle and unconventional family setup. This is in breach of the Free-to-Air TV Programme Code which disallows programmes that promote, justify or glamourise gay lifestyles. Continue reading ‘MDA: MediaCorp TV Channel 5 fined for breaching Programme Code’

CNA: SCV fined S$10,000 after airing lesbian kiss in music ad

SCV fined S$10,000 after airing lesbian kiss in music ad By Channel NewsAsia

Posted: 09 April 2008 2040 hrs

SINGAPORE: Cable television operator Starhub Cable Vision (SCV) has been fined S$10,000 for airing a commercial of a Mandarin pop music video which showed two women kissing.

The commercial, which was to promote a song by pop singer Olivia Yan, was aired on MTV Mandarin Channel on 26 and 28 November 2007.

The Media Development Authority (MDA) said in a statement on its website that “romanticised scenes of two girls kissing were shown and it portrayed the relationship as acceptable”.

The statement added that the scenes breached TV advertising guidelines, which disallow advertisements that condone homosexuality.

The MDA has also consulted the Advisory Committee for Chinese Programmes, and the committee agreed that the commercial had promoted lesbianism as acceptable and romantic, especially when shown together with the lyrics featured.

Transvestite Tamil “Oprah” banned in Singapore


25 March 2008
The New Paper

Transvestite Tamil “Oprah” banned in Singapore

Transvestite host’s debut show too ‘sensitive’ for S’pore Man, he’s shaking up talkshow scene
By Sheela Narayanan

Touted as the Tamil-language Oprah Winfrey, Rose Venkatesan is making waves on Indian cable TV. Click to see larger image

The twist? Rose was born as Ramesh Venkatesen, a former web designer with a masters degree in biomedical engineering from an American university.

On his 30-minute show Ipadikku Rose (Yours, Rose), the cross-dresser tackles topics considered to be taboo in Indian society like sexual harassment and sex workers. Continue reading ‘Transvestite Tamil “Oprah” banned in Singapore’

Hong Kong gay activists condemn TV show ruling

Source: South China Morning Post
24 January 2007

Gay activists condemn TV show ruling
Officials accused of stifling public debate on homosexuality

by Albert Wong

The Broadcasting Authority’s labelling of an RTHK television programme on gay marriage as unsuitable for family viewing hours had hindered civic education in Hong Kong, gay groups and civil rights activists said yesterday.

In a joint press conference with seven groups, three interviewees from the programme accused the administration of stifling open debate on homosexuality. Continue reading ‘Hong Kong gay activists condemn TV show ruling’

Pakistan cross-dresser a TV hit

Source: International Herald Tribune
3 January 2007

When she speaks, he’s breaking all of Islam’s taboos
Against the odds, cross-dressing provides a shield

By Salman Masood

KARACHI, Pakistan: Ali Saleem may have devised the perfect, if improbable, cover for breaking taboos in conservative, Muslim Pakistan.

In a country where publicly talking about sex is strictly off limits, Saleem has managed not only to bring up the subject on his prime-time television talk show ­ but also to do so without stirring a backlash from fundamentalist Islamic clerics.

And he has done so as a woman. Continue reading ‘Pakistan cross-dresser a TV hit’