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Pluem at 21

by on May.21, 2018, under Film & TV, My Life, Queer

Pluem Purim turns 21 today, May 21st, during the 21st century (as my friend André said).

I’ve been a huge fan of Thai actor Pluem Purim Rattanaruangwattana (okay, let’s call him Pluem) since last year. I first saw him on Slam Dance, where he played Ryu.

Interject: Slam Dance made me a fan of Thai-seryes – which I find more interesting than Koreanovelas and all the other Asian imports. I find that the Thai are less uptight about solid LGBT stories, something woefully lacking in much of Asian soaps and series.

Back to Pluem.

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IDAHOT? Keri!

by on May.17, 2018, under My Life, Queer, Society

Today is #IDAHOT: International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.

Today we remember our brothers and sisters who became victims of violence and hate. Today we are reminded that, despite some progress in our struggle, the fight for our rights continues.

Respect and acceptance: because LGBT+ rights are human rights.

And perhaps, when people realize that, then we can truly say that it is an inclusive and diverse society.

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Silver Belles

by on Dec.30, 2017, under My Life, Queer, Society, Travel & Culture

The beauty of silver shone through UP Babaylan as it celebrated its 25th year anniversary.

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Here We Go Again

by on Dec.23, 2017, under Film & TV, Music & Theater, Queer

So. Much. Feels.

And… Cher!

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Crossing Broadway

by on Dec.21, 2017, under Film & TV, Music & Theater, Queer

They could probably stage an entire production of The Lion King if they did this on EDSA or C5. I’d watch that, TBH.

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Japan, Japan

by on Dec.18, 2017, under Film & TV, Queer, Snark

Leave it to the Japanese to have a viral high school dance group that captures the 80s so well. If the 80s were on steroids.

You just have to love Tomioka Dance Club, which apparently gain initial fame by placing second in a dance contest.

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Kate Does Gal

by on Dec.13, 2017, under Film & TV, Geeky, Queer

One of my favorite women doing a hilarious impression of one of my favorite women. Kate is just as much of a goddess as Gal. Also, that activity Gal apparently did during dinner with the SNL cast? I do that when I meet new people on my team. And oh man I wish I’d seen Gal when I was in the Maldives. And Kate, Kate, Kate, too.

Man alive, I’m ranting. I love these two ladies!

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Change The Clap

by on Dec.11, 2017, under Queer, Society

It’s about time, as they say here, to change ridicule into applause.

Our brothers and sisters deserve nothing less than respect.

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Simon Says

by on Dec.01, 2017, under Film & TV, Literature, Queer

Looks like this is an LGBT film worth seeing next year.

It’s been a while since we’ve had a light and feel good LGBT movie. It’s a coming-of-age tale based on the young adult novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda.

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End The Stigma

by on Nov.29, 2017, under Queer, Society

Recently, the PDEA and media seriously mishandled a drug bust operation that crossed serious ethical lines when it comes to people living with HIV and how they are treated.

Below is the joint statement of UP Babaylan and its alumni organization, Babaylanes Inc., of which I am a part of, regarding this issue. It is unaccaptable to propagate stigma and homophobia in this manner, and the PDEA and the media outfits involved need to take accountability.

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