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Marston’s Wonder Women

by on Jul.27, 2017, under Film & TV, Geeky, Queer

I’d previously noted how the creator of Wonder Woman, Dr. William Moulton Marston, was a man ahead of his time with his progressive sexual politics in early/mid 20th century America. He was part of a polyamorous relationship with his wife Elizbeth and another woman, Olive. He had strong opinions about the value of women, S&M/bondage, loving submissiveness, and other radical ideas of the time. All of these informed his creation of Wonder Woman and the stories he wrote for her comic.

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Mighty Big Boots To Fill

by on Jul.24, 2017, under Music & Theater, Queer

From Atlantis’ FB Page

2005’s Kinky Boots is one of my favorite LGBT-themed films ever. Heck, it’s one of my favorite films, period. It’s funny, touching, and uplifting all at once. This was a time before Joel Edgerton ever became Ramses and Chiwetel Ejiofor ever became Baron Mordo. The film itself is something I can watch over and over without getting tired of it.

So obviously, Kinky Boots the Musical has absolutely big shoes (boots?) to fill in my eyes. True, it won Tonys, Oliviers, a Grammy, and more. Plus, hello, Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein, duh. I have not seen it on Broadway – it’s on my bucket list – but I managed to catch the matinee of the Manila production last Saturday afternoon with my friend AJ.

The verdict?

Big shoes absolutely filled fantastically!

And such a perfect analogy, to boot (heh).

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Barbs is back.

by on Jul.21, 2017, under Film & TV, Queer

Totally deserves her own series after last year’s sleeper hit.

“Coming Soon” can’t be soon enough.

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I need to watch Slam Dance in full.

by on Jul.13, 2017, under Film & TV, Queer, Travel & Culture

I just love this clip that showed up on my newsfeed recently. Apparently, it’s from a Thai TV series called Slam Dance, which now I need to watch in full. With subtitles, hopefully.

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Making The Straights Squirm

by on Jul.08, 2017, under Queer, Society

This short video from Ministry of Funny could very well be the spiritual sister of UP Babaylan’s anniversary book from a few years back, Anong Pangalan Mo Sa Gabi? at iba pang tanong sa mga LGBT (What Do You Call Yourself At Night? and other questions for LGBTs).

In the clip, the interviewers asks random straight people (in the streets of Singapore, apparently) some questions commonly asked of LGBT people. The hilarious squirminess and/or bewilderment of the straights should make anyone realize just how inappropriate or foolish asking these questions can be when directed at non-straights.

Enjoy and learn.

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I need a Donut.

by on Jul.06, 2017, under Queer, Travel & Culture

Really, these Thai boys. They just make your day.

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No Man Does It All By Himself

by on Jun.28, 2017, under Music & Theater, Queer

At first, I thought I’d hate it. But as Boy George continued singing it, I realized how beautiful and lovely this is. And it gives a new light to what the Village People were talking about. Absolutely enthralling.

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A Wonderful End

by on Jun.27, 2017, under Film & TV, Geeky, Queer

I watched Wonder Woman twice again last weekend.

I have no regrets for seven viewings. So far.

And that wonderful end credits sequence?

It’s been made available online. Enjoy!

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by on Jun.25, 2017, under My Life, Queer, Society, Travel & Culture


Yesterday was Metro Manila’s Pride March 2017.

The LGBT community converged in Marikina’s Plaza De Los Alcaldes, where the fabulous organizers of this year’s event had prepared a great pre-march program – which included an appearance by one of our strongest allies, Senator Risa Hontiveros.

Then, underneath the afternoon post-summer heat, we marched and held aloft our pride for who we are and held aloft our resolve to fight for what we believe in: fundamental equal rights for all.

Let the beauty of solidarity, togetherness, and sense of community that we captured through our cameras speak for itself.

This is Us.

This is Pride.

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Happy Pride March, Manila!

by on Jun.24, 2017, under My Life, Queer, Society, Travel & Culture


Photo Credits: Metro Manila Pride

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