The fight is not over. We LGBTs all around the world, especially in the Philippines, definitely still needs an Anti-Discrimination Bill that will protect our rights. It is not enough that there is tolerance. It is not our “utang na loob” if you just tolerate our existence. It’s like being blind without really knowing why we are doing this.
Ang Ladlad partylist was denied to run as such because of immorality. The Commission on Elections allowed plunderers, corrupt individuals and liars to run. Now where is justice there? Where is democracy? Why not let the people decide?
Even Jesus does not discriminate.
Below is a repost from a fellow LGBT advocate, Anne Lim of Galang:
Continue reading “Why Spread LGBT Hatred?”
It was just recently when I started browsing through Mocha Uson’s blog. Someone I know gave me the link of her blog and voila, my Mocha time started. I knew that she wrote for Maxim Philippines but I never knew that she still continued blogging. Continue reading “Mocha Time is Sexy Lesbian Time!”
Reposting from Rainbow Rights Multiply:
You are invited to the forum –
Dr. Sylvia Estrada Claudio: Framing the discussion on identity politics: What is it, what are the struggles of the marginalized and does postmodern politics present a better approach to identity politics
Atty. Germaine Leonin: Women, LGBTs and identity politics
Dean Marvic Leonen: Indigenous peoples and identity
Prof. Ibarra Guitierrez: Marginalization, identity and the party list law
Reactors: Atty. Louie Guia (Libertas) Karen Dumpit (CHR)
I was looking for something that would be associated to the LGBT community while I was in Melbourne last November. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find people and instead found this delicacy at the local grocery.
My colleagues in South Melbourne told me about this ice cream and recommended that I should try this Australian favorite. I thought that if I ate this, will I have a very golden gay time? Well I did because it was delicious 🙂 .
It’s Pride time once more in Manila!
This year’s Pride March will happen on December 5, 2009 at 5 pm. Assembly time starts at 2:30 pm. Starting point will be in Remedios Circle, Malate. Parade route will be:
From Remedios Circle To Roxas Blvd
Right to Pedro Gil
Right to Taft Avenue
Right to Nakpil
Left to Orosa St.
Of course there will be a program to acknowledge the presence of different LGBT organizations in the Philippines in Orosa St. Malate. You may view last year’s Pride March here.
This is a great time to celebrate LGBT Pride and to meet other LGBTs as well. See you there!
For updates, please visit Task Force Pride’s blog.
Whenever I have the time, I watch Pinoy Big Brother Double Up because of Rica Paras. It’s like whenever I watch PBB, I feel a certain connection with her because she’s one one us (LGBT) and it just felt so good to see someone like her in Philippine mass media. I always became curious on how her housemates will treat her when they knew that she’s a transgender. It’s a given, probably, because of the kind of society we have right now.
I don’t believe that there are issues of her being incapable of working in a team. In fact, she has shown her leadership in some of the tasks and putting her in a bad light because she is a transgender is very wrong. Continue reading “Transphobia in Pinoy Big Brother Double Up”
The COMELEC has become a religious insitution. COMELEC has rejected Ang Ladlad’s bid to earn a seat in Philippine Congress. On their resolution, it states that:
Despite the foregoing, however, this Petition is dismissible on moral grounds. Petitioner defines the Filipino Lesbian, Gay, Biseual and Transgender (LGBT) community, thus:
“xxx a marginalized and under-represented sector that is particularly disadvantaged because of their sexual orientation and gender identity.”
and proceeded to define sexual orientation as that which:
“xxx refer to a person’s capacity for profound emotional, affectional and sexual attraction to, and intimate and sexual relations with, individuals of a different gender, of the same gender or more than one gender.”.
This definition of the LGBT sector makes it crystal clear that petitioner tolerates immorality which offends religious beliefs.
And they used passages from the bible and Koran…
Now where is the separation of the church and the state?? Continue reading “Comelec Rejects Ang Ladlad Because of Immorality”
Now here’s an opportunity to know the discuss the issues and status quo of Philippine lesbian literature. Frankly, I am saddened on the status of lesbian literature here in the Philippines. Why? Because there are only a few lesbian resources that talk about lesbianism here in the Philippines. Most of the LGBT literature here are mostly centered on gays. I believe that this kind of forum should be attended by writers and even researchers to know where the weaknesses and strengths are. Too bad I can’t attend because I have to be in Australia on the scheduled date of the forum.
By the way, the Ishmael Bernal Gallery is at the back of UP Cine Adarna (Film Center). Everybody is welcome to attend whether lesbian or not.
The new season of Pinoy Big Brother just started and one of our sisters in the Pinoy LGBT community is part of it. Ms. Rica Paras, of Society of Transsexual Women of the Philippines (STRAP), has just became a housemate. This is something that I am looking forward to see in the upcoming episodes of Pinoy Big Brother. I hope that her being a part of the show will enable to let the public understand our basic issues and get a different perspective in mainstream media. It’s seldom that mainstream media showcases our plight but let’s see in the upcoming episodes. But anyway let’s support our sister!
Here is the statement of STRAP (taken from my orgmate in Babaylan, Mushy Mae): Continue reading “Rica Paras of STRAP in Pinoy Big Brother Double Up!”
One of the icons of the global LGBT community, Stephen Gately of Boyzone, died at 33 while he was having his vacation in Majorca, Spain. He was with his partner Andrew Cowles whom he wed through a civil union in 2006. The cause of death is still unknown. There are stories that say that he just went out for a few drinks then came back to the hotel to sleep but he never woke up.
He admitted his sexuality in 1999 through The Sun by admitting that he was in a relationship with Eloy de Jong, a member of boyband called Caught in the Act. Their relationship ended in 2002. His partner, Andrew Cowles, was introduced to him through mutual friends Elton John and David Furnish. Continue reading “Stephen Gately Dies at 33”