The Wheel and Axle

History Unfolds

by on Mar.02, 2012, under Queer

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From my Facebook status update earlier:

As UP Babaylan gears towards celebrating its 20th anniversary later this year, it is but fitting that this year marks another historical milestone for the pioneering student LGBT organization in the country.

It is with great pride that I congratulate Heart Diño for becoming the first transgender woman to be elected as the Chairperson of UP Diliman’s University Student Council!

Progress may not always seem apparent in the fight for LGBT rights, but it is uplifting to know that the country’s top university is setting an example through the acknowledgment that it is not gender, sex, or sexual preference that matters in leadership – it is skill, capability, and strength of character.

There is hope after all.

I ♥ Change!

History in the Making

… and lest she be forgotten in all this flurry, Pat Bringas – current Punong-Babaylan – also landed a spot in the USC as a councilor. Pat, who is also a transgender woman, ranked second place in the race.

With previous historical milestones such as the election of Perci Cendaña as the first gay USC chairperson in 1997 and Carmen Hinayon as the first transgender woman councilor in 2002, UP Babaylan continues to blaze the trail in the progression of LGBT rights – not just in the campus, but also in the nation.

This is the perfect way to begin the celebrations for UP Babaylan’s 20th year anniversary.

Proud to be Babaylanes.

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