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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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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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Ellen gives back.

by on Nov.03, 2017, under Film & TV, Queer, Society

As always, Ellen knows how to give the community the love and appreciation we deserve.

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My Heroes, Indeed

by on Oct.29, 2017, under Film & TV, Geeky, Queer, Society

There is nothing more important to a parent than the happiness of the child.

And accepting one’s child fully is one source of true happiness.

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Their struggles are real.

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

The trans community is one of the most vulnerable segments of the LGBT community. It is, unfortunately, still a world where binary gender concepts are still the boxed in norms recognized by “modern” society at large – where gender identity and sexual orientation are still being confused with each other.

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Delaying Tactics

by on Aug.20, 2017, under My Life, Queer, Society

Photo courtesy of Lagablab

Despite having been scheduled for interpellation numerous times, the Anti-Discrimination Bill still remains pending in the legislative.

And why is this so?

Certain members of the Senate have deliberately caused the delays.

One particular senator, in fact, has even had the gall to proclaim that he is an ally of the LGBT community. He used us for PR by posting on his Facebook, during Pride Month, that he supported us. And yet, to this very day, every time the bill is scheduled for interpellation, he leaves and/or disappears. The most recent one, I’m told, is that he disappeared but was discovered to have just been in the lounge. Such a blatant display of abuse of power is disgusting.

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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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Pride is global.

by on Jun.23, 2017, under My Life, Queer, Snark

Last week, news came out that Philadelphia was lobbying to add brown and black stripes to the iconic Rainbow Flag of the LGBT community. The reason is that they want to represent the inclusivity of (American) racial minorities that have a history of being discriminated against even within the LGBT community.

Needless to say, this sparked heated debates over the internet. I also had my own thoughts which I shared on social media, and with Metro Manila Pride March scheduled tomorrow, I thought it was appropriate to also share my thoughts here on my blog.

To sum it up: I believe it is completely unnecessary and, if I may say so, foolish. Adding black and brown to the flag won’t solve any problems of racial misrepresentation or underrepresentation. It also ignores the fact that the flag already is supposed to represent inclusivity and that the stripes represent specific concepts, none of which are race-related.

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The Wonder Woman, Part 4: Stop A Bullet Cold

by on Jun.10, 2017, under Film & TV, Geeky, Queer

Continued From:

The Wonder Woman, Part 3: Get Us Out From Under

*** SPOILERS ***

Since I’ve talked about what I wasn’t too fond of in Wonder Woman, I decided to list some of the things I truly loved. Note that I loved so many things about the movie, so this quick list is really just to sample some of my fave highlights.

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