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Ms. Gay

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What’s the best way to steal the attention of the audience and convince the judges to give you high scores in a gay beauty contest where all 19 contestants were as beautiful like those you see in Ms. Universe? 


  1. National Costume. Pick the most controversial country at the moment. A country that’s been in the headlines for weeks because of the devastating earthquake it experienced. Haiti.   

And it wouldn’t be a politically correct Ms. Gay beauty pageant without a punch line. Bring a prop or an object that represents your country – a piece of hollow block.  


And here it is. 



When you get on the stage, say your spiel. You need to be as catchy as possible to get the attention of the audience and the judges. Pick a song that everyone can elate to. After singing few lines, introduce yourself in the most fascinating way you can. 



This was her line. 


“Mga tambay lang kami sawa sa babae, mga babaeng manloloko 

Pineperahan lang kami. Kaya ngayon bakla na lang an gaming iibigin 

Masarap magmahal ang bakla, ohh kay sarap…” 


Maayong gabii! Naimbag a rabii! All I want to say is Good evening. My name is Sophia Yambot, hayaan niyo pong pakilala ko sa inyo ngayong gabi ang babaeng nagpatibok sa puso at kumabit sa pambansang kamao, Krista Ranillo! Na nagmula sa bansang inalog-alog, kinadyot-kadyot ng lindol, Hai! Haiti!  



2.  Casual costume. Everyone will wear something sexy, for sure, something usual, like a cocktail dress or something revealing.


You need to stand-out. You don’t want to be ignored by the audience and the judges; prostitute and magbabalot. 




3.  The swimsuit segment is the most awaited by everyone, it’s the part of the  

     pageant where the contestants flaunt their beautiful and feminine like bodies.  


     Again, stand-out! Use a prop that will catch everyone’s attention. And make sure that your swimsuit is as outrageous as your prop. 


     See for yourself. 






    4.   Finally, the evening gown competition.







She won “Darling of the Crowd” Award.
She wasn’t chosen to be one of the top ten.

She was sad but she was not disappointed. 


It was a fun and memorable night for everyone. 




Ms. Gay is not about winning. I know all gays will contradict this. Ms. Gay is an art form. Being on stage, modelling, representing different countries and impersonating different celebrities – is an art. Ms. Gay contestants are like canvasses. They are being colored, dressed and changed into a whole new different person – to look like the pre-conceived “model” celebrities and personalities of our time.   



I Am Not Immoral! [The Exhibit]

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The Lighthouse Studio, 1820 Maria Orosa, Malate
January 30, 2010, Saturday, 9PM

Celebrate PRIDE!




Call of Duty

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Published in Outrage Magazine | 08 December 2010



It was a sunny Wednesday morning. Everything was going on as usual; people rushing in the streets to get to their respective offices and schools, the shopping malls preparing to open, the little children already up playing in the streets.

In Intramuros, colleges and universities started to rang their bells for the first class. The small carinderia’s surrounding the entrance and exits of the schools were already open ready for another day of business.

On the far end of the walled city stands Palacio Del Gobernador that houses the Comelec (Commission on Elections), the office that took the liberty in labelling the LGBT community as “immoral”. There was endless chanting.


It was November 25.

It has been fifteen days since the Comelec’s disqualification of Ang Ladlad’s petition to have a representation in the Congress as a party-list group.


“LGBT hindi immoral, ipaglaban ang dangal!” this was the words heard on that Wednesday morning.


Different LGBT organizations flocked together. From UP’s Babaylan, Task Force Pride – to other organizations who believed that the Comelec was wrong in giving those labels to Ang Ladlad, to the LGBT for that matter, the Akbayan party-list.

The sky was fashioned with rainbow umbrellas and colourful placards saying; “I find you bigotry immoral”, “Morality is not based on one gender”, “Im moral”, etc..

Speakers from different organizations voiced their views on the Comelec’s decision.

“We are here to let the Comelec know that their decision is wrong because this is against the separation of church and state”, Danton Remoto, chairman Ang Ladlad.

“This is a gross violation of Constitutional right to not be discriminated against and to enjoy equal protection laws”, Etta Rosales, chairman, Akbayan.

“Comelec magdesisyon na! Ang Ladlad ipasa na! Now na!”.

It was a loud chant, an attempt to break through the thick walls of Palacio del Gobernador.


And as the day quickly moves to the noise and heat of the noontime, the rally ended. The placards and banners were folded, the megaphone was switched off, the people, one by one headed their own ways with the hope that they have done something, that they have changed the wrong perception, that they made the people in Comelec realized that they have the same rights as any other Filipino’s do.


The rally was not for Comelec.
It was definitely not for Commissioner Nicodemo Ferrer’s stone heart.

It was for the community.
It was for the transgenders who wakes up everyday and opens their humble beauty salon to make an honest living.
It was for the lesbians who wakes up everyday and tries their best to mix in with the crowd.
It was for the gays who everytime they make a single move or open their mouth are being judge.




(Outrage Magazine remains the only publication for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in the Philippines.)


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