03 Apr '13, 3am

In Singapore, the gay men's magazine Element is so avant-garde that it plans to publish only in the digital world.

Element A magazine aimed at gay men in Singapore and the rest of Asia will only be available through digital platforms to get around media regulators and cultural barriers in the city-state. In a world filled with headlines about gay marriage, the launch of a magazine for gay men might not be expected to cause a stir. But in conservative Singapore, where criminal law still targets sex between men, Element magazine is so avant-garde that it plans to publish only in the digital world. “Government licenses were a concern,” says Hirokazu Mizuhara, the magazine’s managing director and a former marketing manager at Harper’s Bazaar in Beijing. “They tend to be particularly conservative when it comes to this sort of content.” Element launches later this month, billing itself as the “voice of gay Asia.” Its first issue features interviews with dancers at gay clubs in Thailand and p...

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