As this hamlet of cornfields and concrete houses prepared for festivities honoring its patron saint, and as some people gathered in prayer, Ms. Cabaluna, 20, was primping to compete in an annual transgender beauty pageant. And lawmakers are taking steps to ensure national legal protections that would penalize discrimination against them. At the pageant, children sat cross-legged in the dirt, crowded close to the spindly stage where the contestants spun and danced in red feather headdresses, gold brocade and clouds of tulle.
A Transgender Paradox, and Platform, in the Philippines
Filipina Lesbians Using Downelink to Forge their Identities and Communities
The way LGBTQs Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgenders, and Queers use the internet gives insight into how people from marginalised communities use media to create communities that serve as countercultures to dominant culture. By linking together online, they are showing their solidarity and sense of imagined community with others like them. This helps facilitate a cultural exchange, and transfers useful information that may or may not be readily available in the heterosexist environments that surround them. A recent survey in the States conducted by market research firm Harris Interactive suggests that gay and lesbian adults online today are among the most loyal and frequent blog readers and social network users — more so than their straight counterparts Wauters, Could the Philippines be seeing a similar trend?
LGBT culture in the Philippines
When Asian Americans are discussed in the media the reference is often to people of Chinese or Japanese descent. However, the largest Asian American ethnic group is Filipino, a group of which little is known or written despite its long-standing history with the United States. This interdisciplinary analysis rectifies this dearth of information by addressing ethnic identity, the impact of different colonizations on ethnic identity, personal and family relationships, mental health, race, and racism. In addition, the sociopolitical context is examined in each chapter, making the volume useful as a foundational tool for hypothesis generation, empirical research, policy analysis and planning, and literature review. Invited to submit an article on Filipina lesbians for this anthology, Trinity instead gathered three other women to share their experiences as Pinays, gay women, and queer organizers.
Asked on a local news program about his views on same-sex unions, the Filipino boxer, who is also a congressman and Christian pastor, condemned homosexual acts and called gay people "worse than animals. Clips from the TV interview quickly ricocheted in social media, where the boxer got a heavy beating from furious commenters who called him an "idiot" and a "bigot. Charice Pempengco, the first Filipina and Asian to land on Billboard's Top 10 list of the hottest-selling albums in the U.