Butch to butch, femme to femme, butch to femme: is it really an issue?

In the heterosexual sense, there is such thing called gender roles. It is assigned to each individual and the individual is expected to act on the assigned role for example being masculine and feminine. Gender roles are there, because according to some people, it places things “in order”. When gender roles are not followed, then there is chaos, i.e. confusion.

In the LGBT circle, most especially in the lesbian circle ( because that’s where I belong), there are still gender roles. Most people I meet would always ask me “So, who’s the playing the feminine or masculine role between the 2 of you?”. Well, I always had a butch girlfriend (whether hardcore butch or soft butch) not because I want to have portray specific gender roles but because it happened as it is. But with that question being asked to me, I would usually say “I am the more feminine because I tend to dress girly sometimes”. Continue reading “Butch to butch, femme to femme, butch to femme: is it really an issue?”

Live, Love and Unite with PRIDE MARCH 2008

Manila Pride March 2008

Fairies and Pixies. Hansels and Gretels.

Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgenders and Friends…

Fly to Malate on December 6, 2008, Saturday, and be part of the grandest Rainbow event in Philippine History!

1PM – Registration at Remedios Circle

3PM – Parade (Remedios Circle – Pedro Gil – Orosa)

6PM – Program and Pageant (Orosa)

10PM – Party at Orosa St.

Put on your best fairytale and fantasy costume and join the grandest Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) event of the year: the 2008 Manila Pride March.

For more details, visit the 2008 Manila Pride March Official Website!

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My views on Prop 8

The California Proposition 8 has been already out in the news and I guess you already know what happened, it was PASSED. 52.3% voted yes and 47.7% voted no. It was a close fight but we were not able to succeed. If you already know me personally, I am based here in the Manila and maybe you’re asking why I said WE were not able to succeed. I am saying WE because WE may belong to a different ethnicity, geographical location, etc…but WE are part of the global LGBT community. We may not have same sex marriages here in the Philippines but we are part of the community that is being discriminated by hypocrites. Continue reading “My views on Prop 8”

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: Sébastien 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.

Our Chart is the Official Social Network of The L Word

Our Chart is the official social network of the popular TV series, The L Word. The people behind the website are: Ilene Chaiken (CEO), Jennifer Beals (Founding Partner), Leisha Hailey (Founding Partner), Katherine Moennig (Founding Partner) and Hilary Rosen (Co-founder and Board Member). The L Word fans could sign up for a free membership on the website and interact with the other members who are as well The L Word fans. There are about 700+ members there who are located in the Philippines.

Pagsusuri sa Pelikulang Rome and Juliet


Rome and Juliet, sa mga hindi nakakaalam nito ay marahil ay sasabihin na may typo error na nangyari. Hindi po, hindi po nito itinutukoy ang Romeo and Juliet na isinulat ni William Shakespeare. Ito po ay isang Pelikulang Pilipinong nagsasalaysay sa pag-uulayaw ng dalawang babaeng nag-iibigan at paglaya ng sari-sariling kasarian. Sa titulo nito, naipakita na kaagad ang pagbaklas sa heterosekswal na ‘taken for granted reality’ nito nagpapatungkol sa bawal na pag-iibigan ng dalawang nilalang na heterosekswal. Kaya naman sa pelikulang ito, angkop na tawagin itong Rome and Juliet upang magpatungkol sa bawal na pag-iibigan ngunit ang pinagkaiba nga lamang nila kay Romeo at Juliet ay mas malalaking institusyon ng lipunan ang kalaban nina Rome at Juliet ( ang pamilya, ekonomiya, relihiyon, at marami pang iba) kaysa kina Romeo at Juliet na tila pang-personal na isyu lamang ang kanilang tinatalakay.Sa aking palagay naging epektibo ang paggamit ng titulong ito. Sisimulan ko muna sa iilang mga elemento nito at palalawigin sa pamamagitan ng mga isyu na nakapaloob o kaya naman ang mga naitulong nito sa pagpapalalim ng palikula. Ipagpaumanhin ninyo na hindi ako isang eksperto sa mga elementong ito ngunit ito lamang ay batay sa aking natutunan sa aking film 10 na klase sa ilalim ng pagtuturo ni Prop. Roland Tolentino at Art Stud 177 kay Prop. Eloi Hernandez. Bagamat may 7 ( o mahigit pa ata) na mga elemento ng pelikula, hindi ko tatalakayin ang lahat ng ito dahil ang mga lumitaw lamang na nakatulong sa pagdevelop ng kwento ang tatalakayin ko. Ang uunahin ko munang elemento ay ang tunog. Nais kong bigyan ng komendasyon ang musikang ginamit dahil naging epektibo ito sa pagpapakita ng emosyon. Ang pinakapaborito ko marahil ay ang kanta na paulit-ulit na naging matingkad sa pelikula, ang kantang isinulat ni Raimund Marasigan ng bandang Sandwich ( na dating drummer ng Eraserheads). Hindi ko sigurado ang titulo nito marahil ay “Sasamahan kita” (?) ang titulo nito, yun lamang ang naiisip kong maaaring maging titulo nito. Naging matingkad ang paggamit nito noong sila’y nagiging magkalapit na. At pinatugtog ang kahabaan ng kanta sa kanilang ‘love scene’ na lalong nagbigay ng buhay sa mga lyrics nito.Hindi ko maalala ang mga lyrics ngunit ang paulit ulit na sinasambit ng kantang ito ay ‘sasamahan kita’. Sa mga salitang ito umiikot ang pagsasama nina Rome and Juliet. Ganito marahil ipinahiwatig ng manunulat ng kanta ang relasyong lesbiyana. Sina Rome at Juliet ay nagsimula bilang magkaibigan hanggang sa nagkahulugan ng loob na mahigit pa sa pagkakaibigan. Gustong ipahiwatig nito na “Sasamahan kita. Kahit na anu pa man ang mangyari, nandito lang ako. Tayo man o hindi. Basta mahal kita. Seryoso ako. ” Yon ang gustong sabihin ng kanta.Sa elemento naman ng pag-arte, naging epektibo sina Mylene Dizon at Andrea del Rosario sa pagganap ng dalawang ‘straight’ na babae na sa kalaunan ay nagkaibigan. Kilala naman si Mylene Dizon sa kanyang background bilang isang babaeng ‘independent’ mag-isip, liberal etc. Si Andrea del Rosario naman ay bagamat pa-seksi ang kaniyang imahe eh may natatagong konserbatibismo; maaaring nakahubog nito sa kanya ay ang kanyang pagiging mag-aaral ng isang katolikong paaralan. Sa karakter ng dalawang babaeng ito makikita ang dualismo na isinasakatawan ng babae. Ang babaeng palaban at ang babaeng ‘tradisyonal’. Unahin muna nating ang babaeng tinatawag na tradisyunal. Sabi nga na ang babae ay dapat sumunod na lamang sa lalake, pinapangarap lang sa buong mundo ay makasal at iyon na para bang yun lamang ang dapat abangan sa buong buhay niya, ang magkaroon ng mga anak, atpb. Alam niyo na iyon, marahil. Isang simbolo nito na mula sa pelikula ay ang pantali sa buhog na palaging ibinibigay sa kanya ng kanyang kasintahan na si Rafael Rosel. Ang panali na ito ay sumisimbolo ng pagsunod sa ‘norm’. SA kabilang banda, ang palaban naman na babae ay malamang kabaligtaran ng tradisyunal: nag-iisip ng kanyang sariling kapakanan, hindi nagpapa-ander sa mga lalake, praktikal, ginagamit ang isip hindi ang puso atbp. Isang simbolismong maaaring magpakita dito ay ang eksenang nakikipagtalik siya sa kaibigan niya na Australianong lalake (? hindi sigurado). Siya ang nasa ibabaw samantalang ang lalake ay nasa ilalim at pagkatapos makaraos ni Juliet ay iniwanan na lamang ito sa sofa.Bagamat nais ipakita ng pelikula ang dualismong ito, hindi mo parin maikakatuwa na nag-ooverlap din ang tradisyunal at ang palaban na katangian sa isang karakter o kahit sa tunay na buhay. Si Rome, sa una ay palaban na palaban ang ipinapakita ngunit, nagpakita din ng sensibilidad. Nakita ito sa pagiging matigas ni Rome sa pagpaparaya kay Juliet dahil alam niyang nakasira siya ng relasyon. Matigas siya sa lahat ng bagay, perfectionist ngunit pagdating kay Juliet ay lumalambot. Lumambot ito nang siya’y nagdesisyon na gamitin ang kanyang puso at sumama kay Juliet. Si Juliet naman ay kahit na mukhang konserbatibo, may itinatago din palang pagiging palaban. Makikita naman sa pelikula na ayaw din ni Juliet na sumunod makikita ito sa simbolismo ng panali. Nagtatali lamang siya kapag kasama ang kanyang kasintahan kapag wala ay nilulugay niya lang ang kanyang buhok at lalu na kapag kasama niya si Rome talagang lugay lang ang kanyang buhok. Sumisimbolo ito ng kalayaan sa ‘norm’ na itinatawag. Sa dalawang karakter pa lamang ng dalawang babaeng ito, kahit na dualismo ng pagiging babae ang nais ipakita, sa bandang huli magkakaroon parin ng pagkakatagpo sa gitna. Maaaring may pagkakataon na gusto mo lang maging palaban may pagkakataon din na gusto mo ding maging malambot. Nagbabago ang lahat. ( abangan ang susunod na kabanata…)

Show your Pride (Pride March 2008)

Manila Pride March 2008: Show Your Pride!

Dear Friends,

Rainbow Greetings!

Task Force Pride, the official network that has been organizing the annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride March since 1999, would like to invite you and your organization/group to participate in this year’s celebration of LGBT Pride in Malate on 6 December 2008, Saturday, 3 PM to 5 PM.

Theme. This years Pride March is a tribute to the last 10 years of LGBT human rights advocacy. Hence, the theme is: A decade of dignity: Our rights, our lives, our loves, our selves.

Route. The route of this year’s march is: Remedios Circle-Adriatico St.-P.Faura-Roxas Blvd.-Rajah Sulayman-Remedios Circle-Adriatico St.-Nakpil St.-Orosa St .The march will be followed by a brief cultural program showcasing both LGBT and non-LGBT talents.

Significance. The Pride March is known for its overwhelming attendance. It attracts thousands of participants and generates extensive local and international media attention.
This year’s Pride March is particularly significant as it coincides with the celebration of the 60th year of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the launch in Manila of the Yogyakarta Principles (www.yogyakartaprinciples.org), an international declaration which affirms sexual orientation and gender identity and expression as fundamental human rights.

We hope that you will choose to make this year’s Pride celebration a more festive, colorful and meaningful event with your participation. Should you have inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact Bruce Amoroto, head of our Participation Committee at 0916.282.6781 (bruce.amoroto@gmail.com) or Peach Natividad, head of our Program Committee at 0917.539.2742 (peach_rmn@hotmail.com).

Thank you.

Sincerely,

(Ms) Pau
M. Fontanos
Co-Coordinator, TFP 2008

(Ms) Sass Rogando Sasot

Co-Coordinator, TFP 2008