On Social Sciences and the “Normalization” of LGBTs

Labelling, as many people say, makes the world a predictable and easier place to live in. In the world of Psychology (and even in Sociology), every kind of behavior has a label. If one is not within the “normal” range, one becomes deviant (in Sociology) or in the Psychological world, they’re diagnosed with a certain “disease / illness”. Harsh words, I know… Continue reading “On Social Sciences and the “Normalization” of LGBTs”

Philippine US Embassy Celebrates LGBT Pride Month

IMG_0679A reception was held at the residence of the Philippine US Ambassador Harry Thomas last week to celebrate the LGBT Pride Month together with distinguished guests from different embassies, LGBT groups, media and bloggers. Thanks to US Embassy for the invitation. 😀 Continue reading “Philippine US Embassy Celebrates LGBT Pride Month”

Be Safe, LGBTs in the Philippines

HIV/AIDS. Diseases associated with Gays or MSM (Men who have Sex with Men). Many people, especially homophobics, think that gays spread HIV and AIDS. Most of us hear “bakla, salot”comments from homophobic individuals. FYI, it’s not only the gays who spread HIV/AIDS, but also heterosexual men who cannot avoid having sex with many women. Hindi lang mga bayot ang nagkaka-Aida.

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Mulat Pinoy Kapihan Sessions: Population and Gender

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2 weeks ago, I attended a Coffee Session of Mulat Pinoy because I’ve been out of the lgbt circuit for quite some time and I’m eager to thirst my intellect with stuff outside my work. Thanks to Bubbles for sharing this in her Facebook. Anyway, the topic was about Population and Gender with speakers coming from different sectors (DSWD, UP Population Institution, LGBT groups and advocates and representatives from Feminist Groups as well). The LGBT representation is really evident, and the discussion revolved around the LGBT situation here in the Philippines. Continue reading “Mulat Pinoy Kapihan Sessions: Population and Gender”

Additional Public Toilets for LGBTs?

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I stumbled upon this article from GMA News Tv about having additional public toilets exclusively for the use of LGBTs. Leo Martinez’s party list group, Alyansa ng Media at Showbiz Inc, pushes that gays and lesbians should have their own toilets with labels “gay male” and “gay female” on it because they experience discrimination whenever they use the usual male and female toilets. Continue reading “Additional Public Toilets for LGBTs?”

Why Spread LGBT Hatred?

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:

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I’m so Gay for Human Rights: A Forum on Politics and Identities

Reposting from Rainbow Rights Multiply:

You are invited to the forum –

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Speakers:
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)

Transphobia in Pinoy Big Brother Double Up

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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”

Comelec Rejects Ang Ladlad Because of Immorality

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”

Filipino LGBT Youth Suicide Risks

Another relevant and informative topic will be presented by the Rainbow Rights Projects and the UP Film Institute. The 6th leg of Dyke Dialogues and Rainbow Exchange Series will be tackling about the study by Eric Manalastas from the Department of Psychology in UP Diliman.

The sympo-forum will be held at the Videotheque, 2nd floor Ishmael Bernal Gallery, UP Diliman on June 20, 2009.

I will be expecting to learn a lot from Mr. Manalastas. It was unfortunate that I wasn’t able to be his student back in college but I believe that I was able to ‘sit-in’ during one of his classes. 🙂