Nectar Nighclub – An LGBTQ Luxury Night Club in Manila

I first heard of Nectar from my friend, Nariese. She sent me a Facebook event invite for the first ever Girl Nation Tuesday. If it weren’t for work, I would have gone there to check it out. Continue reading “Nectar Nighclub – An LGBTQ Luxury Night Club in Manila”

Pinoy LGBT films featured at Sine Bahaghari

Sine Bahaghari

February is the National Arts Month here in the Philippines. As a contribution to its celebration of Akei, Pinoy4GM and Pelikula Tumblr brings you “Sine Bahaghari”. According to the press release, “Sine Bahaghari” is a showcase of Filipino LGBT experience as seen in Philippine alternative cinema. The main objective of “Sine Bahaghari” is to promote the discussion on how the LGBT community is depicted in the Philippine cinema. Aside from that, it also aims to promote modern Filipino films to a wider audience. Continue reading “Pinoy LGBT films featured at Sine Bahaghari”

Rainbow Radio Pilipinas on Valentine’s Day

Final Rainbow Radio Love Notes poster

Rainbow Radio Pilipinas will be opening the airwaves for listeners who will be sending their love letters and short but sweet shout outs on Valentine’s Day. All you have to do is to send an email to: rainbowradiopilipinas[at]gmail.com on or before February 5 (Friday).

Rainbow Radio Pilipinas will choose the shout-outs and stories to be read on air. If your entry won’t be chosen, don’t fret because they will post the other stories on their website (with your permission of course). Continue reading “Rainbow Radio Pilipinas on Valentine’s Day”

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)

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”

MAXIM: Featuring gays and lesbians

Mocha (front woman of Mocha Girls has been a photo blogger for MAXIM last February. I have seen Mocha and Hershey kiss on-stage but I haven’t seen them in a sexy cover shoot like this. It’s the first ever Gay and Lesbian issue of Maxim.

In the said issue, you’ll expect:

Gays nightout at Classmate
This is about Boy Abunda with other four famous gay men holding a roundtable discussion of gay issues inside a VIP room in Classmate. Boy Abunda was joined by Danton Remoto (writer and activist), Puey Quiñones (fashion designer), Mojo Jojo (Magic 89.9 DJ) and Carlo Tadiar (a magazine editor).

The Curious Case of Binibini Gandanghari
A mock cover of Bebe will appear in the magazine including an open letter addressed to Bebe Gandanghari.

Films to be shown on magnet cinekatipunan this November

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Here are the synopsis of the chosen films to be shown at mag:net’s CineKatipunan:

D.E.B.S.
Showing Date: November 8, 4:30pm to 6:30pm

“Recruited by the U.S. government for their unique ability to lie, cheat and fight, Amy, Max, Janet and Dominique join an underground academy of secret agents known only as D.E.B.S. these crime fighting hotties set out to save the world and keep their lipstick perfectly applied while doing so. Now the girls must combine their skills for their most important mission — to capture vexing vixen Lucy Diamond, the deadliest criminal the world has ever known. When D.E.B.S. star player, Amy, falls for Lucy, chaos erupts and the D.E.B.S. loyalty is put to the test.”

Winner of Berlin International Film Festival Reader Jury of the “Siegessäule” and Nominated for Black Movie Award in the Black Movie Awards.

Director: Angela Robinson
Writer (WGA): Angela Robinson
Release Date: March 25, 2005 (USA) more
Genre: Action | Comedy | Romance
Runtime: 91 min

The Incredibly True Adventures of Two Girls in Love
Showing Date: November 15, 4:30pm to 6:30pm

“This warm romantic comedy by newcomer Maria Maggenti is a gay coming-of-age story framed by Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass. Randy (Laurel Hillman) is a stoner, lesbian teenager who happens to be failing math and dating a married woman. One day, fellow student Evie (Nicole Parker) drives up to Randy’s gas station in a Range Rover and flips her world upside down. Evie is privileged and popular. Randy is poor, impulsive, and according to the other students, a freak. Opposites attract when the two girls kick off their friendship in detention. The flirtation blossoms after Evie introduces tomboyish Randy to the joys of Whitman and opera. Randy returns the favor by acquainting the sheltered Evie with the problems and delights of mature, taboo love. There is a beautiful scene where the two consummate their courtship on Evie’s birthday while Mom is out of town. The true test of their relationship occurs during the hilarious climax when angry families and friends chase the troubled girls into hiding. –Margaret Griffis”

Director: Maria Maggenti
Writer (WGA): Maria Maggenti
Release Date: June 16, 1995 (USA)
Genre: Comedy | Drama | Romance
Runtime: 94 min

Mango Kiss
Showing Date: November 22, 4:30pm to 6:30pm

“American independent filmmaker Sascha Rice makes her feature debut with Mango Kiss, based on the stage play Bermuda Triangles: The Non-Monogamy Experiment. Butch Lou (Michelle Wolff) and femme Sassafras (Daniele Ferraro) drive to San Francisco together, share an apartment, and become lovers in an open relationship. They agree on some very specific rules for dating other people that inevitably become complicated. Sassy gets involved with leather daddy Mickey (Shannon Rossiter) while Lou experiments with glamorous dominatrix Chelsea (Tina Marie Murray). The conclusion finds all four lesbians at the same birthday party. Mango Kiss was shown at the San Francisco Lesbian & Gay Film Festival. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, All Movie Guide”

Genre: Comedy
Released: January 1, 2003
Directors: Sascha Rice, Sasha
Runtime: 86 mins

Come Undone
Showing Date:November 29, 4:30pm to 6:30pm

Come Undone is a beautifully observed portrait of the experiences of a young French homosexual. Eschewing both stereotypes and preaching, it’s a wonderfully naturalistic film, superbly acted, shot with a feel for the seaside town where the action takes place, never melodramatic but often painfully real. If anything it’s almost too realistic, as there’s little in the way of conventional plot, just scenes from a life. But the absence of conventional dramatic tension counts for less than it might in a world so subtly drawn. ‘Presque Rien’ might not be the most exciting film ever made; but its simple humanism serves it well compared with the pre-conceived celebratory or bigoted viewpoints that often mar treatments of this theme. Worth a watch.

Director: SĂ©bastien Lifshitz
Writer (WGA): Stéphane Bouquet (writer) & Sébastien Lifshitz (writer)
Release Date: June7, 2000 (France)
Genre: Drama | Romance
Runtime: 100 min

Babae
Showing Date: November 29, 4:30pm to 6:30pm

“Babae (Woman) is a coming of age story of two women set in the city slum community beside railroad tracks. They became bestfriends, shared dreams and eventually started a family when a child accidentally entered their lives. Inserts of Real stories of women and a man gives color to this black and white film. a mixture of drama, comedy, musical and fantasy that will surely touch your heart. Babae (Woman) … Bestfriends… Soulmates… One Journey…”

Writer/Director: Sigrid Andrea P. Bernardo
Release Date: December 2004 (Philippines)
Genre: Documentary Drama
Runtime: 20 min

Galang Film Screenings at mag:net Katipunan

Starting November 8 and the rest of all Saturdays of November, Galang Network will have film screenings of foreign LGBT films at mag:net Katipunan. Admissions to the screenings is free and the LGBT films that will be shown will be based on the results of the online poll. Even though it’s free, it would be nice to donate a minimum amount of 50 pesos to support GALANG’s work among grassroots LGBTs.