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30 LGBT people, places and things you need to know: Stephen Hoo

2016-07-01
While there still may be a long fight for equality ahead, and tragic events like Orlando proving that homophobia is still prominent in today’s society, there’s also plenty to be happy about, and so many reasons to be hopeful for the future. In Attitude’s July Issue – available to download and in shops now – our editor Matthew Todd marks his final issue at the helm of the magazine with his list of 30 people, places and things that makes us happy. And because frankly the national mood could do with a lift this week, we’re giving you a peek at a few of the people, places and things that made the list – up next it’s… Stephen Hoo Stephen Hoo Stephen is an actor and playwright. He’s currently developing his play Jamaica Boy, with Theatre Royal Stratford East, about a British Chinese, Croydon-born, homophobic “hoodie” Christian and his meeting with Ophelia, a cantankerous old Jamaican woman. Set in present day London and '60s Jamaica, the play explores identity, diaspora and Chinese-Jamaican history. "I love that we are challenging our attitudes about who we are and how we exist with each other," says Stephen. "We are becoming more willing to take ourselves to task for reductive thinking behind two-dimensional labels and terms such no fems, masc only, no Asians, clean only etc. And Attitude has been great in pushing this. "I think diversity is generally getting better too, but it’s still too slow, especially for British East Asian actors. The already-limited roles for East Asian actors are still, for the most part, confined to a Sino-centric idea. One of the reasons I write is that I’d love to play more than the perpetual foreigner." You can read Stephen's feature, along with the other 29 people, things and places that make us happy in Attitude’s July Issue, available to download now from pocketmags.com/attitude and in shops now. Print copies are available to order globally from newsstand.co.uk/attitude. will cover small More stories: Gay YouTube star Calum McSwiggan caused his own injuries following arrest, police say London commuters stand up to homophobia in public and it’s amazing – WATCH