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Freedom artist misidentified

I was very surprised to see myself referred to as "gay artist" in the last

edition of the Post ("Young woman's art explores the homosexuality", June

1-14). I have never used this term to describe myself. I refuse to allow my personal

life to be discussed in the media in this way - especially with a term which has

been used so often to hurt people. I feel left with no choice but to write this letter.

When Dan Poynton interviewed me about Oeur Sokuntevy's work he did not ask me about

my sexuality, nor did he tell me he was positioning me as representing his imagined

gay artist community.

As a Freedom Artist I hold freedom highly and I don't want to look down on anybody

for their choices. But the Post should have been more careful before declaring me

to be a gay artist.

Unfortunately Mr Poynton appears to be less than professional, perhaps publishing

gossip or the agenda of others, and it has caused me and my family a lot of distress.

I would appreciate it if you could publish this letter as well as an official apology.

Leang Seckon - Freedom Artist



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