Dress-up diva's love and friendship with shame

Author: 2011 Gay Pride Rally General Assembly Atsushi 28 July 2012

The 10th Taiwan Gay Pride Parade will be held in Taipei on October 27th this year.

With the exception of last year, when he was in Hebei Province, China, and was unable to attend the parade due to his scheduled TV work, he was the only supporting artist to attend the parade for six consecutive years from 2005 to 2010. He always has the date of the parade on his mind, and when the time is approaching, he calls to inquire and confirm the date, so that he can prepare to dress up and attend the event.

Before he became a famous artist, Bing had already made a name for himself in gay bars, dance clubs and small theaters. His wit, humor, sense of humor, and quick wit, and his ability to make his audience laugh with every move he makes. When you think about some of his classic jokes, it's no wonder that they are stacked with complex and highly entertaining punchlines, as they are all aimed at debunking stereotypical gender stereotypes or putting in a cool geeky point of view.

His acting career was once in full swing, with mimicry, impersonation, hosting, acting and singing all being difficult for him. In 2005, when the Gay Pride Parade had not yet become a popular organization and the trend of coming out in the community was not yet widespread, Anthony, with the aura of a popular celebrity, came to perform for the parade free of charge, fulfilling his obligation as a member of the community. Apart from increasing the news coverage of the march, his flamboyant and amusing songs and dances also encouraged the community by supporting Asha Power's actions.

In Taiwan's performing arts circle, many artists or public figures who are "suspected" or "definitely" gay have been eager to distance themselves from the gay issue for image considerations or vested interests in reality. In contrast, Dah Bing's active participation in this event is truly remarkable.

We cannot fail to mention that in the mid-1990s, the Red Aya Golden Pink Theatre Company, which was concerned with cross-dressing and AIDS, was one of the most important organizations in Taiwan's homosexual movement when it was just starting out, promoting gender equality. He has been a member of the troupe for a long time, and at the end of last year, he even brought his own life story of love and hate to the stage, using his expertise in counter-starring to promote sexual rights.

In the history of the gay movement, there has been an important relationship between rallies and dress-up culture, and the Stonewall Incident that took place in a New York gay bar in June 1969, in which heavily made-up drag queens stood at the forefront of the riot, stripped off their heels and chanted at police officers, the most courageous and forceful figure of resistance, has triggered the abuse of gay rallies all over the world.

In the course of his dramatic life, there were certainly questions about his drug use and whether he was fit to be a guest of honor at the parade. In a self-referential manner, he said on stage, "Although I announced my retirement from show business, I didn't say I was leaving the glass circle", which defused the sharp issue of drug use that still has a lot of room for discussion.

If the most precious thing in the space of the annual march is to see various marginalized gender subjects raising slogans defying the tight control of the body by the state apparatus and criticizing the traditional gender moral dogma, then the fact that Big Bing, who is considered by the public as a self-indulgent, impure and unseemly person with an unhygienic private life, is always able to freely appear on the stage of the march in the disguise of a queen and a siren to talk about bodily desires and post-drug experiences is what the march wants to open up the possibility of more shameful conflict dialogues with the society. However, they are always able to freely appear on the stage of the march in the guise of queens and sirens, "shamelessly" and "unashamedly", to talk about their physical desires and post-drug experiences, which is exactly what the march is trying to open up more possibilities of dialogues with the society on shameful conflicts.


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