SEAQCF2021 serves as a virtual platform where advocates, artists, cultural workers, and allies can unite and express in unison their desire to reclaim, reimagine, insist on, and celebrate queer belongings in the region.

The festival theme, ‘Be/Longings’, is a play on the words, “being”, “longings”, and “belonging”. “Being” represents the full complexity and diversity of our identities as LGBTIQ people living in Southeast Asia. “Longing” represents our yearnings and dreams for a region that is genuinely caring, inclusive, and respectful of diversity. “Belonging” asserts that LGBTIQ people have always been part of the collective memories of the Southeast Asian community – way before the creation of the Association of the Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and its member States.

The festival features 30+ works, performances and events by 40+ queer activists and artists from Cambodia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and Myanmar. Some of the featured artworks and festivities include literary works, film documentaries, comedy shows, Southeast Asian drag show, musical performance, visual art, performance art, and many more.

SEAQCF21 is co-hosted by ASEAN SOGIE Caucus (ASC) and Voice Global. The ASC is a network of human rights activists from Southeast Asia, who works for the inclusion of Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, Gender Expression, and Sex Characteristics (SOGIESC) in the mandate of human rights duty bearers in the ASEAN region.

Other SEAQCF2021 partners in the region are the CamASEAN and Micro Rainbow International in Cambodia, Hanoi Queer in Vietnam, Panggung Minoritas in Indonesia and the mujer LGBTQ and Iloilo Pride Team in the Philippines.

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