Happy Pride Pinoy LGBTs! Did you attend the Pride March earlier at the Lapu-Lapu Shrine? If you did, good for you and for those who didn’t, it’s ok. You may have various reasons why you didn’t attend.
Pride celebrations around the world is much sweeter now because US Supreme Court has decided to legalize same sex marriages across the US. Now where does that leave us Pinoy LGBTs? A lot of wishful thinkings are happening right now for us Filipinos. Are we able to have this kind of opportunity? To be honest, not right now. I believe that a predominantly Catholic country like ours will have a difficult time understanding and accepting that right now. Baby steps, my dear. Baby steps.
First things first, we need to prioritize the anti-discrimination law. Recently, LGBTs are in the headlines in the Philippines because of few incidents on denying entry to our fellow transpinays in an elite bar in Taguig. There are still some incidents on companies denying employment of LGBTs just because of their sexual orientation. Things like these need to be addressed first. Headliners come and go but the struggles of Filipino LGBTs are there and real.
Now to my fellow LGBTs, let’s continue the fight. The fight doesn’t end during Pride Marches.
It has always been my dream to go to San Francisco, California and witness the Pride Parade there. My friend Nina was able to witness it. Nina told me that she had fun and it was a liberating experience. Here are some of her photos that she took. Continue reading
“Next Fall” was the most recent gay play I watched and it immediately interested me to watch because of the twist between the two lead characters, a gay couple named Luke and Adam. Their names pertain to biblical characters, immediately suggesting religion as its main conflict.
Homosexuality and Religion are two topics that most people think will never have an agreement. Luke and Adam are a couple with both conflicting religious beliefs – the other is Agnostic while the other is a Christian. They’ve been together for 5 years but due to an accident, their relationship changed. The script tackled these main things: religion, homosexuality, love and faith.
The question is, “Is there a possibility that this kind of couple could exist in real life? ” I would say yes. Conflict will arise somewhere but if they are pragmatic enough to think of the present, perhaps they can go a long way together.
The play’s script provided a lot of witty one liners, most especially from the character of Adam, the atheist, although most of the time Adam is shunned by Luke’s avoidance of the subject of homosexuality and Christianity. While watching it, I felt joy, sadness and a bit of anger somewhere but overall, it made me think of my current relationship and I guess if you watch this too, you will think of yours as well.
February is the National Arts Month here in the Philippines. As a contribution to its celebration of Akei, Pinoy4GM and Pelikula Tumblr brings you “Sine Bahaghari”. According to the press release, “Sine Bahaghari” is a showcase of Filipino LGBT experience as seen in Philippine alternative cinema. The main objective of “Sine Bahaghari” is to promote the discussion on how the LGBT community is depicted in the Philippine cinema. Aside from that, it also aims to promote modern Filipino films to a wider audience. Continue reading
“Next Fall” is a play written by Geoffrey Nauffts. It is about an exploration of faith in a modern gay relationship involving Luke and Adam, a gay couple. Luke is a devout Christian and an inspiring actor while Adam is an atheist.
This play is directed by Audie Gemora. David Bianco plays the role of Luke while Bart Guingona plays the role of Adam. “Next Fall” is currently on-going and it will run until February 5, 2012 with shows on Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and matinee shows on Saturdays and Sundays at 3:30pm at Onstage, Greenbelt 1.
For tickets, inquiries and other information, call Repertory Philippines at 571-6926 and 571-4941 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets are also available at Ticketworld at 891-9999 or www.ticketworld.com.ph.
Isn’t Divine a hottie?
I just recently started to watch Pinoy Big Brother Season 4 and this butch looking lesbian with tattoos in her arms caught my attention. This is Divine Maitland – Smith, a 20-year old British-Filipino lesbian from Cebu. PBB calls her the “Darling Dude of Cebu”. Sorry ladies, she’s already in a relationship. Now, look who’s stalking? .
Divine looks “astig” but she’s soft spoken. She reminds me of Shane from the L Word.
I do hope that Divine will change how people think of lesbians, not just the stereotypical one. The moment that she comes out of the “house”, she will have a power to change how Filipinos perceive lesbians.
View her profile here.
Ok, enough. Shh. I have to hide my hidden crush from her. *kilig*
*got the photo above from http://fuckyeahdivinesmith.tumblr.com/ not sure where the original photo came from.
My Zombadings Button Pin I Got During the Premiere
I have seen Zombadings’ teasers since last year and have been waiting to see the entirety of it in the big screen. Finally, the long wait is over and was able to watch its premiere at the recent Cinemalaya Festival (July 2011). I wasn’t disappointed at all. The whole audience laughed almost every 10 minutes, there was never a dull moment. It was the perfect film-ender for the entire festival. Continue reading
This is why I love Google because they always innovate. Try searching for a gay related keyword in Google and you will find a rainbow beside the search button. It’s Pride Month and Google is celebrating this with us. Have you tried it? Continue reading
A reception was held at the residence of the Philippine US Ambassador Harry Thomas last week to celebrate the LGBT Pride Month together with distinguished guests from different embassies, LGBT groups, media and bloggers. Thanks to US Embassy for the invitation. Continue reading