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Behavioral partying

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Outrage Magazine | 14 October 2013

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When we were still in our early 20s, the meaning of clubbing and bar hopping was different – it was usually about getting drunk, dancing the night away, meeting new people and hoping that your next smile might win you a hookup for the night.  But as years passed, probably marked by promotion at work or a new job offer, several failed relationships and flings, we (consciously or unconsciously) slowed down.

This may have been because of a change in behavior.

And this change in the clubbing behavior remained steadfast even as new bars and clubs continued to open in different parts of the metro.

The excitement we once felt is subtler this time around.

But I daresay that this behavioral change – perhaps best exemplified by our changing taste in the genre of music being played or the crowd we party with in a particular bar – may be based on preconceived conditions.
So that it can be changed,

ON “REPRESENTATIVENESS”

One of the reasons why people tend to transform themselves into something different is because of stereotyping.
Let’s say you’re a regular dude who just wants to go out, get drunk and enjoy the night – the usual drama. But as you arrive in the party scene, you see people in groups, gossiping about their latest hookups, or talking about their new designer watches or shoes… and you can’t help but notice that partying, as you remember it, is no longer the same.  It seems that it’s now more about not being left out rather, about feeding insecurities…

Alas, for some, you actually slowly turn into one of them, changing your behavior and your mindset on how partying shouldactually be like.

ANCHORING & ADJUSTMENT

Choosing another place to have a good time is not easy for many – at times, it is the last option for others. This is because when people make a choice, they’d rather stick to it instead of checking out other available places.

Long before Bed Bar re-opened in Greenfield District, there’s this sort of new club just around the area called UNO. It’s a very promising place – both heterosexual and gay crowds partied there even on weeknights. But strange gossips started floating around the community – that UNO’s service was bad, the servers weren’t that accommodating, the music turned from bad to worst, et cetera. And so the crowd stayed in O Bar, Bed Bar, and in Chelu…
Which is sad.

Most people form conclusions based on a single experience, which often leads to incorrect notions.

Sadly, this is shared widely.

And so this affects the behavior and mindset of other people, who, more often than not, solely act based on information that they heard, not from their own experiences.

AVERSION TO AMBIGUITY

And so trying out a new place – like the aforementioned UNO Bar or Hemispheres Bar and Cafe in Malate – is never an option for many people. Because they are afraid of the unknown and they find it difficult to adjust their behavior because of (mis) representations and gossips.

I say there’s nothing wrong with venturing into a new scene and trying out new places.
Hemispheres’s chill out ambiance may work for your taste.
Or the overly crowded Rapture Cafe Bar may thrill your senses.
Or the cold offerings of F Club may give you a hot spell.
Options – to the open-minded – abound.

HERD MENTALITY

Yes, people are constantly joining the bandwagon.
And that’s fine.
But when it’s time to jump off, do so.
You need to be open; to be willing.

Because it is the only way to see things as they really are.

Take this particular club in the metro which is known for its pulsating performances, over-crowded dance floor and (arguably) “the place to be seen” vibe during weekends. But it had several instances of pickpocketing occurring inside it, and the management doesn’t seem to care about this. But since the club is still “happening”, people still go there even if it’s not safe – going with the flow just to be seen…

In the end, you need to go back to basics.
Understand who you are.
Admit to yourself what dictates your behaviors.
And then look at the big picture by being willing to change.
By doing so, you might revive your 20-something self again, and bring P-A-R-T-Y back in your life.

 

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

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Queer Manila Exhibit

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Queer Manila attempts to create a visual discussion around gender and sexuality within local contexts and internationalised LGBT discourse. It explores the understandings, misunderstandings, conflicts, humours, loves, eroticisms, deviances, spectacles, and dilemmas within Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Transgender identities.

Identity and gender have always been in processes of flux, subjected to numerous influences and social behaviours that change over time, creating different sites for cultures, politics, psychologies, spiritualities and biologies to define who we are. The show, therefore, is about activating and including multiple audiences in a visual conversation about how we look, exchange ideas and comment on gender and sexuality within LGBT communities. It is about processes of othering and reclaiming, through contemporary art’s ability to share, question, and develop these identities. As such, artists have been invited to contribute personal stories, as well as comment on the notion of body politics, activism and culture across generations through various media.

To compliment the exhibition and diversify this conversation, a programme of performances, films, talks and events has been organised that will take place in the gallery over the duration of the exhibition. For a summary of this program, see the schedule below:

OPENING DAY
25 August, 2-9PM
Performances by Maya Munoz in collaboration with Julie Tolentino, Jef Carnay, Martin Lorenzo de Mesa and Roselle Pineda, with a poetry reading by Danton Remoto, Chairman Emeritus of Ang Ladlad

FILM PROGRAMME (Upstairs Gallery)
Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros (2005)
Directed by Aureus Solito and written by Michiko Yamamoto. Produced by UFO Pictures.
September 9 and 16, 1PM

Zombadings (2011)
Directed by Jade Castro, also co-written with Raymond Lee, Michiko Yamamoto.
September 9 and 16, 3PM

EVENTS AND TALKS
Book signing by J. Neil C. Garcia (Editor) of “Aura”: The Gay Theme in Philippine Fiction in English
A collection of gay-themed short stories and novel excerpts from Philippine fictionists in English. Featuring the works of Jose Garcia Villa, Bienvenido N. Santos, NVM Gonzalez, Nick Joaquin, and Edith L. Tiempo etc.
September 1, 5PM

Talk by Enzo Camacho + Amy Lien
Sharing their processes as creative partners and performers
September 8, 12NN

Hubad: Mga Kwento ng Kalayaan
Guerilla theater event by LeAP! (Lesbian Activists Philippines)
September 15

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This exhibition is in kind collaboration with:
Ang Ladlad (https://www.facebook.com/LadladPartyListOfficial)
LeAP! (https://www.facebook.com/LeAPPhilippines)
Origin8 Media (http://www.origin8media.com/)

Written by Patrick King Pascual

August 25, 2012 at 9:43 am

Cebu’s hidden treasure

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Outrage Magazine | 15 July 2012

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If you are going to visit the Queen city of the South, Cebu, you definitely need to try the city’s most famous Brian’s Ribs.

From the outside, the place doesn’t look much, with its old finish, which brings you back to the Spanish times; and an interior that gives a homey feel. It’s (just) a house turned into a restaurant, after all. But they serve the most famous ribs in the city – recommended by locals to tourists.

The restaurant is called Casa Verde.  It is located near Fuente Osmeña, #69 Lim Tian Teng Street, near F. Ramos Street, a walking distance from the Crown Regency Hotel.

The place is divided into two areas: the outdoors– a mini garden set-up, with only fans for air circulation; and the air-conditioned area. All their tables and chairs are made of wood. When you enter the restaurant, a yellow lit interior will greet you. There’s no fancy and colorful decorations, only the simplicity of the restaurant, making the place classy.

Casa Verde is famous for its big servings.

For starters, try Bacon and Cheese Potato Skins – thick potato skins with melted cheese, bacon and chives, served with sour cream. Then try their best seller, the Watermelon Salad. It’s a refreshing combination of watermelon cubes served over crisp lettuce, mango strips, jicama and nuts, and then drizzled with their sesame seed dressing. The presentation of the salad will entice you. The juicy taste of watermelon and the crunchiness of the nuts mixed with the sesame seed dressing will definitely whet your appetite.

After you finish your starter, brace yourself for Casa Verde’s Brian’s Ribs, baked pork ribs with a sweet, tangy piquet sauce served with rice, corn and carrots. They serve their tasty ribs on a big plate. The tasty meat falling off the ribs topped with the sweet and peppery sauce, is as good as they describe it.

And if you’re in for another big treat, their other main attraction is the Milky Way. Served in a tall, large glass, it’s one of the biggest milkshakes in the country, a large chocolatey shake good enough for you and your partner.

Other bestsellers are:

The Dax.A combination of USDA round steak drizzled with brown sauce and onions with a catch of tavern shrimps paired with tartar sauce and served with harvest rice and vegetable medley. Surf & Turf, which is USDA round steak charbroiled to order, drizzled with balsamic glaze and a skewer of succulent shrimps and vegetable medley; and served with harvest rice. David Dean’s Tenderloin, which is one USDA steak on top of a mound of mashed potato and sprinkled with cheese; served with demi-glaze and garnished with fried onions and roasted onions. Seafood Carbonara, which has shrimps and squid in rich creamy white sauce. And the Count of Monte Cristo, sandwich stacked with ham, turkey, Swiss and American cheese on white bread then battered and fried ’till golden, and then dusted with powdered sugar and served with raspberry preserved.

For dessert, their bestsellers are:

Victoria’s Peak, which are peanut butter cookie bits, chopped peanuts, chocolate fudge, peanut butter in between chocolate and vanilla ice cream on top of a chocolate cookie crust with whipped cream and topped with cherry and drizzled with chocolate syrup and caramel sauce. Death by Chocolate – they say that this dessert is to die for, as this is a combination of chocolate and nutty rocky road ice cream mixed with chocolate bar bits on a bed of chocolate syrup. And Michael’s Obsession, a chunky chewy brownie base topped with vanilla ice cream, drizzled with chocolate syrup and a cloud of whipped cream.

A budget of P300 to 400 per person will satisfy and leave you wanting more.

So the next time you visit the Queen City of the South, drop by Casa Verde and indulge your taste buds with their special offerings.

Casa Verde has three branches in Cebu. Its main branch is the one near Fuente Osmeña, at #69 Lim Tian Teng Street, near F. Ramos Street; another two is located in IT Park and in Ayala Center.

 

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

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Familial support

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Outrage Magazine | 23 June 2012

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They are the parents, family and friends of people who identify themselves as gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender. They are considered as the strongest support group of the members of the LGBTs.

Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays or PFLAG is a non-profit, all volunteer organization that functions through the support of parents, family and friends of LGBTs. Members include parents, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, grandparents, members of the LGBT community and their friends who have the same standpoint that everyone regardless of their gender should be able to enjoy justice and equal rights.

The Philadelphia chapter of PFLAG is one the largest and oldest chapters, its main headquarters in Washington, D.C.

PFLAG’s foundation as an organization for the LGBTs is to offer support, education and advocacy. Members believe that every parent, friends and family members and LGBTs who wishes to, or just recently came out to their parents, is on a journey to acceptance and beyond as far as the LGBT community and related issues are concerned. For them, it’s a continuing learning and growing process about the realities and the norms of living in a community where LGBTs are stereotyped.

The story of Frances

Frances, a mother, and the president of PFLAG in 2002, recalls a life changing incident when her daughter came out to her. It happened on a February during the 1990s, when Frances received a letter from her daughter, Kerry.

She was very reluctant to open the letter, even if it was already two weeks since she got it. Frances already had a clue what’s written on the letter, but she was afraid to read and face it.

Kerry, who was in college at that time, was in the middle of her degree. The easiest way she knew, then to let her mother know about her sexuality was through a letter. And the emotional drawback of her actions had not been that easy.

Frances’ husband insisted that they open the letter together, and discuss what’s written. True to Frances’ instinct, their daughter came out, telling them that she’s a lesbian.

It was an emotional situation for the entire family. They lost contact of Kerry, who started to fail in her studies, and was dropping out of college because she was breaking down after she came to terms with her sexuality.

“It was a very hard time for me when Kerry came out. I cried for several days, not because my daughter is gay or because I feel bad because she’s gay, but because she was leaving, she was going away,” Frances said.

Frances, went to PFLAG for support and enlightenment to what happened to her daughter. After talking to other members of the organization, it became easier for her to accept and slowly started communicating with her daughter again.

Now, they are on very good terms. Kerry married her girlfriend and they have twin little girls. Their relationship, as family, has been stronger than years ago. Frances and Kerry understood and now feel that family ties is stronger than whatever obstacles that may come along their way.

The story of John

John is a father of an 18-year old gay boy. His son came out to him five years ago, almost the same time when older students started to bully him in school.

It was a hard time for the whole family; they didn’t know what to do with the older students in school. John tried to talk to the school authorities to discuss the bullying, but they refused to acknowledge it. He then went to PFLAG to ask for support. The organization together with John found a way to set up several meetings with the school authorities and explained to them about the bullying.

“The school environment is very dangerous for the kids, especially the ones who are just coming out and dealing with their sexuality. We, parents, should spend more time with our kids and talk to them, and know how they are doing outside our home,” John explained.

PFLAG provides opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity, and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity. Thus, parents, family members and friends who are in a difficult situation with a family member who is an LGBT, can easily contact PFLAG, and they will set a meeting and counseling with other members of the organization. They have small group discussions between members, where they share their stories about their struggle in accepting their LGBT family members and friends.

The center is open for any new members who are experiencing problems in coming to terms in accepting and understanding what their LGBT family members are going through or for anyone who needs support. And through understanding, they can create a support system which serve as stronghold for a good family relationship.

In the Philippines, there is still no well-built organization that supports LGBTs who experience indifference from their parents and family members. The existing organizations only function as: research and gathering of data about anything and everything LGBT related in the Philippines, a political party, and other LGBT related matters.

LGBTs don’t get enough emotional support from their parents and family members after they come out. The only way they can communicate with their family members is through their friends; worse, they don’t have any way to do so, and for this reason, they tend to just grow apart from their families.

 

Patrick King Pascual filed this report while on a reporting tour in the United States, sponsored by the State Department Foreign Press Center, entitled “A Developing Narrative: LGBT Rights and Issues in the United States.”

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

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The mis-portrayal of LGBTs in the Philippines

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Outrage Magazine | 13 July 2012

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Many critics and non-believers argue that the need for an LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) political party like Ladlad to look out for the protection, rights and welfare of its members, or the passage of the Anti-Discrimination Bill is no longer needed in our country.

“The LGBTs are already tolerated in the Philippines, what’s the use of an LGBT political party and why do they still need to fight for their rights?” a leader of a religious group said in an interview.

The LGBTs are not asking to be tolerated, they are asking to be accepted.

If they are just looking for tolerance then it’s an easy fight; they can stage a weekly Ms. Gay pageant in every city and barangay and let the heterosexuals consider and stereotype them as entertainers and call them names when they parade on stage in their swimsuits and evening gowns.

It’s funny to know that after every beauty pageant, after they remove the make-up from their faces, while walking with their other gay friends, the contestants are engaged in sexual conversations by some members of the heterosexual audience, who were cheering and jeering during the pageant.  They are persuaded to have sex with them for a given price. The LGBTs may always show a happy front when confronting this, but if you will look closely, this qualifies as a form of harassment.

In a television program months ago, a prominent news anchor gave a comment on one of the running news stories about the shooting in a mall that involved two young boys, by telling the audience that it was the media’s fault, that when someone opens the television, everything they see are all gay things, the same thing in the Internet and in social networking sites. Since these just allow gay things to be put up and be readily available for everyone to see, this encourages the kids who are in their early ages to flaunt their gayness.

He also said that it was a wake-up call to everyone, to rethink the tolerance and acceptance the general public is giving the LGBTs.

The comment was baseless and out of context. The news story was about a shooting incident at a mall, where there was an obvious lapse in the security of the mall, that’s why the two minors walked past the entrance carrying a handgun. It was NOT about whether the two minors were really in a relationship or not.

Major newscasts were very careful when they reported the story, almost all of the news programs’ lead in the story was: “Dalawang menor de edad na lalake, nagbarilan sa loob ng mall…”, but they never called or labelled them as “bakla” or third sex.

The analysis the news anchor made in his segment deviated from the real issue of the incident, which was the lack of guidance of both the victims’ parents. Everything starts from there, from your family, not in the media, not in any social networking sites, not anywhere online.

Another disturbing thing about the news anchor was his constant usage of the term “third sex” when he talked about LGBTs.

Labeling the LGBTs as “third sex” is an unacceptable and very discriminating. Does this mean that males are the “first sex” and the females are the “second sex”? A hierarchy?!

In the movie, Zombadings 1: Patayin sa Shokot si Remington – which is a story of a young heterosexual boy named Remington, who mocks gay men and was cursed to become gay when he grows older. When he turned 15, this came true, and at a time when gay killings were happening in the character’s place, so the search for a “cure” became important and a must – the premise of the movie gives the audience a lot of misinformation and adds fuel to the hatred the LGBTs are experiencing.

Michael David C. Tan of Outrage Magazine gave a point-to-point discussion of what makes the film abhorrent, and let me quote:

  • Being gay is not a sumpa. The entire movie was based on the premise that Remington being cursed to become gay for ridiculing gay people, highlighting what is believed to be the worst thing that can happen to any person. In doing this, the film – even if arguably not intentionally – promoted that homosexuality can be “cured”.
  • The film focuses on the supposed predatory nature of gays – e.g. Remington is unable to work with men when they started taking their shirts off because all he wanted was to idolize their male bodies. The portrayal of gay men that Zombadings made only shows that they cannot be trusted, particularly when around men, since they always have intent to have sex with them.
  • Stereotyping of the characters; the film portrays all gay men with pilantik of fingers, cat fights between gay people because they are too weak to fight, transitioning to transsexualism as soon as gender-identification happens. The characters don’t have to dress like women or put on make-up like women or sashayed while walking like women – acts deemed that only women should be doing – just so they can be identified as gays.

“People who have watched Zombadings may like the movie because it’s funny and because of the actors in it, but laughing at something that is false, and at other people’s misfortunes is in no way funny.”

A straight acting gay who works in a corporate world was teased by his colleague, calling him “Remington” after seeing the movie trailer several times on television. The name-calling is a form of stereotyping and degradation of the gay’s self-confidence and image in the workplace.

Gay men, LGBTs, are being discriminated – in FACT, there are those who are being deprived of their rights and even being killed everyday. The kind of portrayal and characterization Zombadings and the news anchor made only contributed to the stereotyped perception and miseducation of heterosexuals and haters alike.

 

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

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Whiskey

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Outrage Magazine | 07 July 2012

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It was 2008.

He was tall, white and handsome. He was manly, well-built and smooth. He was strong, hard and endowed. He was sweating, smiling and satisfied. I don’t remember his name, but his whiskey flavored breath still lingers.

It was 11:oo in the evening, I logged on to mIRC. A few minutes later, someone messaged me, asking for my stats and location. I replied with my photos.

“Do you want to have a threesome?” he replied.

I was hesitant, I wasn’t really in the mood to have a threesome that night. I didn’t answer his question; instead, I asked for his stats and photos.

It took him several minutes to reply.

Another chatter messaged, asking for my stats and location. I replied with the infos, and he said that he’s looking for a threesome.

Quite a coincidence, I thought.

I still haven’t made up my mind whether to go through with the threesome offer of Chatter#1, but then I thought, “Oh what the heck, got to try something different every now and then!”

And so I messaged Chatter#1, “Tara! Want to have threesome with you. I’m also chatting with someone who’s also looking for a threesome, I’ll invite him.”

“Sure. What’s you mobile number and exact address? There’s space for parking in your area, right?” Chatter#1 asked.

“Yup!” I replied along with my other info.

After inviting and arranging the meet-up with Chatter#2, I went to the terrace and lit a Marlboro and got into thinking: “Are we gays like other individuals who are super sexually active, unconsciously answering the need to try something new every now and then when it comes to sex, so we won’t feel bored and monotonous in bed?”

After 30 minutes, my phone beeped. I went back inside and checked my phone, it was Chatter#1. “I’m already outside your house.”

I went out on the terrace again and looked. I saw a black Expedition parking in front of my house, while a black Honda parked on the other side, its door opened, and I saw Chatter#2 went down, as he fixed himself.

My heart was rushing, beating really hard. I went down to open the gate.

I was wearing my Nike boxer shorts and a white tank top, puffed a freshly lit Marlboro while I waited for Chatter#1 to get out of his car.

As the black Expedition opened, I sucked hard on my cigarette and slowly blew the smoke out.

He was tall, white and handsome.

He approached me, Chatter#2 followed, introduced himself and reached for my hand.

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We went inside my room.

He was wearing a white polo barong uniform, black slacks and leather shoes.

He pulled me closer, planted a kiss, an aggressive and passionate kiss. I tasted Whiskey on his lips and tongue. It was addicting.

I removed his top, he removed the white shirt he was wearing underneath. I kissed him again. He held my head as he pushed me on the bed, as he slowly stripped his pants down.

Chatter#2, Mr. Wallflower, just sat across the room and watched Mr. Whiskey dominate me.

We were both naked. I was on top while kissing his thin red lips. He pushed my head lower and lower. I started on his hard pecs, caressed his nipples with my tongue.

I made a trail down to his abs, and before I reached his already hard manhood, I stopped. Positioned myself in between his legs, held him on my right hand and took a good look of it.

He was at least seven and half inches. Topped with a cherry-like head.

Mr. Whiskey reached for my head and lowered it. He rewarded my effort with strong moans.

I went faster; while my hands reached for his chest and taint. All the muscles on his body flexed.

After several deepthroats, moan after moan, he pulled me up, looked at my face and kissed me.

He was strong, hard and endowed.

He signaled to Mr. Wallflower to come closer, he removed his shirt. And pulled him on top of the bed.

I reached for Mr. Wallflower’s manhood, he was average, nothing remarkable. Gave him head for a bit and returned to Mr. Whiskey.

I don’t know if it was Mr. Whiskey’s perfect face and body or the smell and taste of whiskey that pulled me closer and preferred him over Mr. Wallflower.

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After several minutes of kissing, giving Mr. Whiskey head, and several failed attempts of Mr. Wallflower to join in, Mr. Whiskey stood up and asked me to lay flat on the bed.

He reached for his pants, took a condom and wore it.

He pulled my legs up, leaned towards me, kissed me and slowly went down to my ass.

The smell and taste of whiskey was all over me.

Mr. Whiskey entered me.

He pulled Mr. Wallflower closer to my face, and asked me to give him head, I nodded but I just held it on my right hand and jerked it while I fully enjoy Mr. Whiskey’s pumping.

Seeing someone on top of you who is giving his best in every pump he makes, is priceless. I didn’t want it to end, I wanted it to go on forever.

He pumped faster and faster, placed my legs on his shoulders. I was signaling to him to go slow, because I’m close.

Mr. Whiskey ignored me and pumped harder. I came on my chest and on my chin.

I came without touching myself, it was that good. He played with my cum as he continued pumping.

And then, after a minute or two, I heard the loudest moan ever. I felt something hot inside, he was panting hard. He came. I felt his sweat dripping on my face. He slowly released my legs, and pulled himself out.

He was sweating, smiling and satisfied.

We completely forgot Mr. Wallflower. I reached for him and jerked him off. He came on my hand. And he looked unsatisfied, but I didn’t mind.

Mr. Whiskey went to the bathroom, fixed himself and went back to the room.

We chatted a little. I learned that Mr. Wallflower was Mr. Whiskey’s friend. And that they’ve been planning to have a threesome with someone for a really long time, just to try it.

They left at around two in the morning.

I lit my third Marlboro of the the night, opened a bottle of beer, and went out of the terrace to get some fresh air…

He was tall, white and handsome. He was manly, well-built and smooth. He was strong, hard and endowed. He was sweating, smiling and satisfied. I don’t remember his name, but his whiskey flavored breath still lingers.

 

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

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‘I dare to care about equality’ campaign

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The International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO), celebrated every May 17, was founded in 2004 by Louis-Georges Tin as an effort to coordinate international events to call for respect for lesbians and gays worldwide.

May 17 was chosen as the date of the event because homosexuality was removed from the International Classification of Diseases of the World Health Organization (WHO) on May 17, 1990. By 2006, IDAHO – and its call not just for decriminalization of homosexuality but also the uplifting of the status of gays and lesbians all over the world – has gained wide support, including several Nobel Prize winners (Desmond Tutu, Amartya Sen, Elfriede Jelinek, Dario Fo, José Saramago), artists (Merryl Streep, Cindy Lauper, Elton John, David Bowie), intellectuals (Noam Chomsky, Judith Butler, Bernard-Henri Lévy), non-government organizations (ILGA, FIDH), politicians, and many others. Globally, thousands of people from various communities (LGBT, as well as our allies) organize LGBT-related events from as far as Congo, China and Bulgaria.

In the Philippines, as part of IDAHO, localized campaigns were made by Outrage Magazine, among others, since 2009. For IDAHO 2012, the Bahaghari Center for Research, Education and Advocacy (Bahaghari) held a project, “I dare to care about equality”, a photographic campaign calling for everyone to take a more proactive stance in fighting discrimination. We celebrate those who believe in equality.

 

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Gay, deaf and mute: ‘no less than the trees and the stars they have a right to be here’

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VERA Files and Yahoo Philippines | 31 March 2012

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Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons with disabilities (LGBT PWDs) experience double discrimination in their daily life.

Because of the many challenges they face, they have come to be known as the “marginalized within the marginalized” sector of society.

“We are considered abnormal by people…They mock us when we try to communicate,” according to a deaf gay participant at the recent “Deaf Talks: A Forum for Deaf LGBT’s on Human Rights and HIV.”

The forum was organized by Rainbow Rights Philippines, Outrage Magazine and the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) for the benefit of Rainbow Deaf Philippines, a Filipino LGBT organization for persons with hearing and speech impairment.

Founder and president of Deaf Rainbow Philippines Bibo Lee Perey shared the experiences and challenges PWDs face everyday in the community, particularly  when they look for work, go malling or simply in search of a partner in life.

“When we look for work, it’s our disability they will focus on,” he shared. “Or in social networking sites, they would mock us because we have wrong grammar.”

With the help of a sign language interpreter, members of Rainbow Deaf Philippines communicated their concerns and questions to CHR officials who were part of the forum.

CHR Executive Director Jake Meija assured forum participants that the government is doing everything to help alleviate their sad plight, such as advocating a legislation for LGBT PWDs.

“Give us a recommendation on what laws should be passed that will benefit and improve your situation, what you want to add, and what you want to be amended and we will help you push it,” CHR Director for Assistance and Visitorial Office Renante Basas urged the forum delegates.

There are several pending bills in the Senate that focus on the needs of the PWDs, such as the following:

  • SBN 617, entitled “An act providing for a special polling place for the disabled and elderly,” introduced by Sen. Jinggoy Ejercito Estrada.
  • SBN 2999, entitled “An act ensuring the accessibility of the electoral processes to persons with disabilities (PWDs) and Senior Citizens with disabilities (SCWDs),” introduced by Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago.
  • SBN 3145, entitled “An act expanding the positions reserved for persons with disability, amending for the purpose Republic Act No. 7277, as amended, otherwise known as the magna carta for persons with disability,” introduced by Sen. Antonio Trillanes.
  • SBN 2855, entitled “An act providing additional relief to families with dependents, supporting aging parents and disabled persons,” introduced by Senators Trillanes, Ralph Recto, Manny Villar and Manuel “Lito” Lapid.

The CHR is also calling for a convention with LGBT PWDs and other LGBT organizations like Rainbow Rights Philippines and Outrage Magazine to discuss and address the problems they are facing.

“The government should give more attention to PWDs,”  Meija added. “You have to keep in mind that you are not a charity case. Filipinos, regardless of their gender and their disabilities, should enjoy and have the same equal rights as everyone else.”

He said the government should ensure that  the rights of PWDs are respected and that they are consulted in decision-making processes that concern them.

“Being an LGBT PWD is not a disability,” Mejia said. “You need to remember that you have the same rights as everyone else. You need to remember that everyday you need to defend your rights.”

Some 30 deaf participants nodded, raised and shook their hands (their sign for clapping), as they read the sign interpretation of what Meija said.

According to a research conducted by the CHR, there are eight million PWDs in the Philippines who suffer from  “relative invisibility” and tended to be viewed as “objects” of protection, treatment and assistance rather than subjects of rights.

Simply put, PWDs in the country experience being denied equal access to basic rights and fundamental freedoms and are being refused participation in the community, based on reports reaching the CHR.

“We should work with them as equal partners in developing society and not treat them as helpless recipients of assistance from others,” according to Germaine Trittle Leonin, founding president of Rainbow Rights.

Michael David dela Cruz and John Ryan Mendoza of Outrage Magazine, the only LGBT magazine in the Philippines, gave a lecture on HIV/AIDS.

“Our activities aim to provide some safe space for LGBT disadvantaged sectors,” Oscar Atadero, program manager of Rainbow Rights, said. “We partner with different organizations like CHR to address the concerns of neglected LGBT sectors, the marginalized within the marginalized.”

(VERA Files is put out by veteran journalists taking a deeper look at current issues. Vera is Latin for “true.”)

 

 

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Stopping the misinformation, stopping the hate…

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Repost from Michael David of Outrage Magazine:

 

Noted was the existence of a blogsite putting the names and photographs of men who the blogger claims are HIV+. This is illegal under RA 8504, but to make the site legitimate-looking, a logo of PNAC was actually added, making it look like the information was provided by them. Question is, who should be informed of this (aside from the blog’s host, who was already informed) for proper actions to be taken, and for similar occurrences to be monitored and prevented from happening again? Please provide specifics (names, emails, numbers, et cetera) since something has to be done about this immediately.

 

Written by Patrick King Pascual

July 22, 2011 at 10:01 am

29 Steps for LGBT Human Rights

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