'PEOPLE OF INTERSECTIONAL IDENTITIES NEED DIFFERENT SUPPORT' - MARTIN PONG FROM GLOW ON REPRESENTATION OF THE ASIAN LGBT COMMUNITY
Martin Pong from Oliver Wyman talks to myGwork’s Louise Sinnerton about the representation of queer people of colour in business and the media
As the LGBT+ community permeates the mainstream with queer voices, and movies like Black Panther and Crazy Rich Asians achieve box office success with ethnically diverse cast and crew, Martin Pong speaks about how we’ve entered the perfect time for queer people of colour to have their voices heard and be fully represented in the media, and business.
Martin asks me: “How many A-list queer people of colour you can name? How about queer East or South East Asian people that look like me? My guess is not many. This shows just how under-represented queer people of colour are in the media.”
Martin identifies as a queer Chinese person and has been advocating for equal representation of queer people of colour in the workplace and in the broader LGBT+ narrative.
“Being queer or a person of colour presents challenges, but having an intersectional identity compounds those challenges,” says Martin.
“If the majority of LGBT+ representation in the media is cis-gendered, gay, and white, that makes people who do not fall into that category, like me, invisible.
"This can lead to misrepresentative stereotypes being perpetuated in the wider community based on two-dimensional, underdeveloped characters they have seen on screen.
“We can only reduce the harm that these stereotypes cause by giving queer people of colour the opportunity to talk more deeply about their experiences.”