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