Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Freedom artist misidentified

Freedom artist misidentified

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

MOST VIEWED

  • Phnom Penh’s Jet’s Container Night Market shuts down

    The famous Jet’s Container Night Market in central Phnom Penh has shut down due to the high cost of the land rental, company representatives claim. Jet’s Container Night Market is the largest such market in Phnom Penh. It operated for just over two

  • Hun Sen rejects ‘rift’ rumours spread by ‘stupid gangsters’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday denied a “rift” among top leaders of the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), and rejected claims that Senate president Say Chhum and Interior Minister Sar Kheng were set to be removed from their positions as rumours spread by “gangsters”.

  • EU ambassador to Cambodia: Rights a ‘work in progress’

    The EU ambassador to Cambodia has called human rights “a work in progress” and said the 28-nation bloc has “carefully” noted last week’s statement by the government on taking further steps to strengthen democracy and the political sphere in the Kingdom. The EU marked

  • Assembly passes amendment to Political Party Law Article 45

    The National Assembly on Thursday unanimously approved a proposed amendment to Article 45 of the Law on Political Parties in a move that could pave the way for former senior opposition leaders banned for five years to return to the political stage. As expected, the 115 ruling