Singapore: Asia’s first alternative men’s high-fashion and lifestyle journal ran a Valentine Day issue with a photo-spread that showcased loves’ transparency by taking raw black and white shots of couples with different sexualities, reports theonlinecitizen.com.
ELEMENT Magazine has a wide range of thought-provoking and feature stories that are connected with the Asian lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex community.
The issue was dedicated to the Health Promotion Board in support of the FAQs on its website that caused a recent uproar over LGBTI relationships. Member of Parliament Lim Biow Chuan and Pastor Lawrence Khong’s have publicly attempted to differentiate the two forms of relationships, said the theonlinecitizen.com report.
Lim seems to be coming from a place that referenced gay people as a separate life form. Because otherwise, we could not fathom why he would call for a study that inevitably attempts to validate the capacity of human beings to fall in love with one another, ELEMENT says in its issue.
ELEMENT captured moments that reflected a comforting touch, and a glow that blurs gender and sexualities. All the couples have the same look of love, adoration, admiration and happiness in the images.
“How could one isolate, freeze that moment, and tell you that it’s not the same?” asks theonlinecitizen.com
In their photo-spread, ELEMENT incorporated Chinese calligraphy to give the images an Asian touch, daring the assumption that feeble Asian values have contributed to bringing down gay rights movement while easily overlooking the fact “that homosexuality is well-documented in Asian civilization throughout history, whereas your religious beliefs are ‘imported,’” said theonlinecitizen.com .