Pinoy LGBT A blog on the Philippine LGBT Community (Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgenders, Transexuals) Sat, 27 Jun 2015 19:02:35 +0000 en hourly 1 Metro Manila Pride March 2015 Sat, 27 Jun 2015 19:02:35 +0000 Sharlyne Ang Continue reading ]]> Metro Manila Pride March

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.

Metro Manila Pride March

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..

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San Francisco, CA Pride March Wed, 27 Jun 2012 09:49:02 +0000 karlaredor Continue reading ]]>

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. :)

In the above photo, a tarpaulin is being held by LGBT advocates with their plea to President Obama regarding the full legalization of gay marriage.

The Pride Parade won’t be complete without lesbians riding their motorbikes (Dykes on Bikes).

The Pride Parade is indeed an experience you should not miss if ever you’ll be in San Francisco during the Pride Month.

Credits to Nina Peret for all the photos used in this blog post. :)


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Contemplating on the “Next Fall” Sun, 25 Mar 2012 16:37:43 +0000 Sharlyne Ang 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.


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Pinoy LGBT films featured at Sine Bahaghari Wed, 08 Feb 2012 15:56:33 +0000 karlaredor Continue reading ]]> Sine Bahaghari

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.

“Sine Bahaghari” is scheduled to open on February 11, 2012 at Chef Bistro and shall feature the following films:
“Next Attraction” by Raya Martin
“Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa” by Alvin Yapan

Other films from prominent independent filmmakers, like Adolf Alix Jr, Sigrid Bernardo, Roni Bertubin, and Vincent Sandoval will also be shown.

“Sine Bahaghari” opens on February 11 at Chef’s Bistro with two films from celebrated Filipino filmmakers: “Next Attraction” by Raya Martin and “Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa” by Alvin Yapan. Also screening are films from prominent independent filmmakers, such as Adolf Alix Jr, Sigrid Bernardo, Roni Bertubin, and Vincent Sandoval.

Two classic films by Lino Brocka will also be shown. These films are: “Tubog sa Ginto” (1971) and “Ang Tatay kong Nanay” (1978).

Film screenings will be on February 11, 18, 24 and 25. All of the screenings are free and are open to the public. :D
Sine Bahaghari is included in the National Commission for Culture & the Arts’ (NCCA) Philippine Arts Festival.

Here’s the complete list of screening venues:

Chef’s Bistro
94 Scout Gandia near corner Tomas Morato, Quezon City

Cinema is Incomplete
117-C Anonas Ext., Sikatuna Village
Quezon City

The Collective 7274 Malugay St. Brgy San Antonio Village, Makati

University of the Philippines Film Institute
Magsaysay and Osmena Streets, Diliman, Quezon City

I’m looking forward to watch “Señorita” (premiered at the 64th Locarno Film Festival) by Vincent Sandoval. Check out the trailer below.

For more inquiries, please contact PJ Salenda at (0918) 942-8513 or email prsalenda [at] For more information on the schedule of film screenings: please go here..

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Next Fall: A Play on Modern Gay Relationships Sun, 22 Jan 2012 14:49:09 +0000 karlaredor Continue reading ]]> Next Fall

“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 Tickets are also available at Ticketworld at 891-9999 or

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Isn’t Divine of Pinoy Big Brother a Hottie? Wed, 23 Nov 2011 08:39:05 +0000 Sharlyne Ang Continue reading ]]> 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? :D .

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. :D *kilig*

*got the photo above from not sure where the original photo came from..

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On Social Sciences and the “Normalization” of LGBTs Sun, 30 Oct 2011 14:46:22 +0000 Sharlyne Ang Continue reading ]]> Labelling, as many people say, makes the world a predictable and easier place to live in. In the world of Psychology (and even in Sociology), every kind of behavior has a label. If one is not within the “normal” range, one becomes deviant (in Sociology) or in the Psychological world, they’re diagnosed with a certain “disease / illness”. Harsh words, I know…

BUT, we have to accept the reality that labelling is needed to understand the world. In socialization of a child, for example, the parent has to define the difference between a man and a woman.

That is why some organizations / associations , especially known in the social science field, has to create statements to lessen the stigma hoping these will be “normalized” in society. The Psychological Association of the Philippines, reiterates that homosexuality is not a disease or an illness. The American Psychiatric Association and the others have already removed homosexuality in the list of their mental illnesses since the 1970′s.

Social Sciences arose because we want to understand our own behavior and the world we live in. Some say that in every generation, there is an accepted paradigm which becomes the “normal” belief. Like during the time of Michaelangelo, his works and philosophies were probably laughed at because he is not thinking within the current paradigm he was in. I guess that in every paradigm, there is someone leading or maneuvering how people think. This could be institutions in society that holds great power, i.e. media, religion, etc.

Anyway, enough with thinking too deep… I appreciate the support that PAP gave to the Philippine LGBT community. I believe that this will help us send the message to people who bullies and teases young kids who were perceived to be homosexuals. For the parents of our generation, I hope that this will help in socializing children in Philippine society.

Statement of the Psychological Association of the Philippines on Non-Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Filipinos continue to experience stigma, prejudice and discrimination in Philippine society. This stigma is manifested in actions such as: bullying, teasing and harassment of LGBT children and adolescents in families, schools and communities; media portrayal of LGBTs as frivolous, untrustworthy and even dangerous or predatory; denying transgender Filipinos entry into commercial establishments; pigeonholing LGBT Filipinos into particularly limited roles and occupations; or curtailing their rights to participate in the political sphere.

LGBT Filipinos often confront social pressures to hide, suppress or even attempt to change their identities and expressions as conditions for their social acceptance and enjoyment of rights. Although many LGBTs learn to cope with this social stigma, these experiences can cause serious psychological distress, including immediate consequences such as fear, sadness, alienation, anger and internalized stigma (Hatzenbuehler, 2009; Meyer, 2003). This anti-LGBT prejudice and discrimination tend to be based on a rhetoric of moral condemnation and are fueled by ignorance or unfounded beliefs associating these gender expressions and sexual orientations with psychopathology or maladjustment.

However, decades of scientific research have led mental health professional organizations worldwide to conclude that lesbian, gay and bisexual orientations are normal variants of human sexuality.  These include: the American Psychiatric Association in 1973, the American Psychological Association in 1975, British Psychological Society, the Colombian Society of Psychology, Psychological Society of South Africa, the Australian Psychological Society, and the International Network on Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Concerns and Transgender Issues in Psychology, among others.

The Psychological Association of the Philippines (PAP) aligns itself with the global initiatives to remove the stigma of mental illness that has long been associated with diverse sexualities and to promote the wellbeing of LGBT people. Moreover, the PAP Code of Ethics (2010) is clear in its stance against discrimination. Filipino psychologists are called upon to recognize the unique worth and inherent dignity of all human beings; and to respect the diversity among persons and peoples (Principle I, a and b).  This means that Filipino psychologists should not discriminate against or demean persons based on actual or perceived differences in characteristics including gender identity and sexual orientation (Ethical Standard III-A and C; V-B.8).

In order to eliminate stigma, prejudice, discrimination and violence against LGBT, the PAP resolves to support efforts to:

•    oppose  all public and private discrimination on the basis of actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity and expression;

•     repeal discriminatory laws and policies, and support the passage of legislation at the local and national levels that protect the rights and promote the welfare of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities and expressions;

•     eliminate all forms of prejudice and discrimination against LGBTs in teaching, research, psychological interventions, assessment and other psychological programs;

•    encourage psychological research that addresses the needs and concerns of LGBT Filipinos and their families and communities;

•     disseminate and apply accurate and evidence-based information about sexual orientation and gender identity and expression to design interventions that foster mental health and wellbeing of LGBT Filipinos.


American Psychiatric Association. (1973). Position statement on homosexuality and civil rights. American Journal of Psychiatry, 131; 497.

Anton, B.S. (2009). Proceedings of the American Psychological Association for the legislative year 2008: Minutes of the annual meeting of the Council of Representatives, February 22-24, 2008, Washington, DC, and August 13 and 17, 2008, Boston, MA, and minutes of the February, June, August, and December 2008 meetings of the Board of Directors. American Psychologist, 64; 372-453.

Conger, J.J. (1975). Proceedings of the American Psychological Association, Incorporated, for the year 1974: Minutes of the annual meeting of the Council of Representatives. American Psychologist, 30; 620-651.

Hatzenbuehler, M. L. (2009). How does sexual minority stigma “get under the skin”? A psychological mediation framework. Psychological Bulletin, 135; 707-730.

International Network for Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Concerns and Transgender Issues in Psychology (2001). Sexual orientation and mental health: Toward global perspectives on practice and policy. Retrieved from

Meyer, I. H. (2003).Prejudice, social stress, and mental health in lesbian, gay, and bisexual populations: Conceptual issues and research evidence. Psychological Bulletin, 129; 674-697.

Psychological Association of the Philippines Scientific and Professional Ethics Committee. (2010). Code of Ethics for Philippine Psychologists. Philippine Journal of Psychology, 43; 195-217.

from the website of Psychological Association of the Philippines


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Zombadings 1: Patayin Sa Shokot si Remington Tue, 30 Aug 2011 09:41:45 +0000 Sharlyne Ang Continue reading ]]> Zombadings button

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.

The film is independently produced but can also appeal to the mainstream. It’s basically a suspense-comedy film and the good thing about it is the effortless comedic punchlines. No slapstick comedy is needed to make the audience laugh, the situation already provides the comedy.

Although the film is expected to make audiences laugh, serious issues of hate crimes against LGBTs and homophobia were explicitly shown. I guess everyone who have watched this definitely got the message.

Showing this film in mainstream cinemas will definitely open up the public’s minds on homophobia and the struggle of LGBTs to combat this for years. If this film will only be accessed in festivals, which are only attended by the “educated” and independent film enthusiasts, it will be difficult to send the message to the general public.

Zombadings1: Patayin sa Shokot si Remington will be shown to cinemas starting August 31, 2011. .

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Rainbow Google Mon, 20 Jun 2011 16:15:18 +0000 Sharlyne Ang 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? :D  

Some say that some searches related to gays don’t appear, well I tried searching Filipino LGBT terms for a male homosexual such as “bayot”, “bading”, “bakla” but the rainbow did not appear. This is also the same for the terms “tomboy” and “tibo”. I’ve also tried to add the keywords lesbian and gay so that it will only show results related to the gender terms but na-ah. It seems that it’s only for English terms but I tried searching for Harvey Milk (the first openly gay man to be elected in public office) and there’s no rainbow still. :(

I wish it’s there forever whenever someone searches an LGBT related keyword..

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Philippine US Embassy Celebrates LGBT Pride Month Mon, 20 Jun 2011 15:50:16 +0000 Sharlyne Ang Continue reading ]]> IMG_0679A 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. :D

Aside from the speech delivered by the Ambassador, we were made to watch the speeches of President Barrack Obama and US State Sec. Hillary Clinton (of course, they couldn’t grace the event :D ) showing their support for the It Gets Better Project for LGBT Youth (and perceived as gay or lesbian). Even though we live in a different nation, I believe that we have common struggles and one of which is bullying. This suddenly made me think of my adolescent years.

We’ve heard of stories on young gay boys or are perceived to be gay being bullied in all-male schools. We’ve even heard some schools (usually Catholic all-male schools) giving “pink slips” to students who are perceived to be gay – a “sanction” given to those who do not behave like masculine boys. I studied in a Catholic school for girls and during my stay there, I didn’t hear any type of slip pertaining to sanctioning girls behaving like boys. My hypothesis, and I think others as well, is the traditional machismo culture still prevails in some all-male schools.

Quoting President Obama’s speech:

You are not alone.  You didn’t do anything wrong.  You didn’t do anything to deserve being bullied.  And there is a whole world waiting for you, filled with possibilities. There are people out there who love you and care about you just the way you are. And so, if you ever feel like because of bullying, because of what people are saying, that you’re getting down on yourself, you’ve got to make sure to reach out to people you trust. Whether it’s your parents, teachers, folks that you know care about you just the way you are. You’ve got to reach out to them,  don’t feel like you’re in this by yourself.

(You can view the entire transcript here)

The keywords are YOU ARE NOT ALONE and REACH OUT.

The family should be the first people who the youth should reach out. What if parents are not open about homosexuality, which is very common in Philippine society? Now this is where problem starts. No need to worry LGBT youth, there are support groups in the Philippines where you can find PLUs (People Like Us). We can’t get absolute acceptance from everybody but at least let someone help you make it better. Remember kids, appreciate simple things. It will help you feel better. :)

Atty. Christine Sun

Atty. Christine Sun

In another news, I am glad that the Philippine US Embassy is shedding some light on what the US does in terms of LGBT issues. Weeks before the reception, they brought in Atty. Christine Sun, a gay rights lawyer from ACLU. She had a separate round-table discussions with the media and LGBT groups here in Manila and in other parts of the Philippines. It was enlightening to speak with Christine on the present and past cases she worked on and at the same time we gave her a picture on the situation of the LGBTs here in the Philippines and of course the Anti-Discrimination Bill, Reproductive Health Bill and many others.

Lastly, some photo ops during the LGBT reception :D

Me and Karla with Boy Abunda

With Boy Abunda

With US Ambassador Harry Thomas


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