LGBTQ Equality & Diversity in a conservative and religious country
At the height of the SOGIE debate 2019, well-meaning celebrities Anne Heussaff and “Marian devotee” Pia Wurtzbach openly supported the SOGIE bill. Similarly, the Catholic school Ateneo designated an all-gender restroom.
In 2022, the L.A. PRIDE saw its first-ever Filipino participants in the parade, proudly celebrating their dual identity as gay and Filipino in the US, dressed in barong attire to honor the Filipino heritage.
LGBTQ rights and liberal ideology
In the USA, LGBTQ civil rights found support among Democrats. In 2021, the Biden-Harris administration vowed to support their rights through laws.
Senator Hontiveros leads championing liberal ideologies
Already, liberal Filipino politicians are at the forefront of LGBTQIA rights. For instance, Hon. Geraldine Roman is the first transgender congresswoman in the Philippines to champion it. In 2016, she filed the “Anti-Discrimination Bill.”
Hontiveros for Divorce and Pro-Gay Bill
Vice Ganda opens the door for LGBTQ visibility
The strong LGBTQ influence in the Philippines started in the entertainment industry with the legendary actor “straight actor” Dolphy, who made Filipinos laugh from the 1940s until his passing a decade ago.
Rustom Padilla (BB Gandang Hari) was the first “straight actor” to transition and come out openly as a trans actor in 2009. However, Vice Ganda significantly impacted mainstream entertainment as an openly gay and transgender person.
Ganda began his career in 2009, establishing transgender representation entertainment through TV hosting and comedy.
SOGIE: Gender equality in the Philippines
For decades, Filipino society functioned well with just two sexes. But today, that’s not enough for specific groups, which is the reason for the SOGIE bill.
Filipinos are one of the most LGBTQ-friendly people in the world. Filipino gay celebrities thrive with millions of fans.
PRIDE March—Celebrating “human rights”
The University of the Philippines goes beyond LGBTQ freedom to supporting prostitution through Babaylan, a student-led organization.
Charot! Our queens fight for their spot in the final four in this week’s #DragRacePH semi-finals: https://t.co/dLfUqwxluJ— Drag Race Philippines (@dragraceph) October 5, 2022
Here’s where to watch ⬇️
🇵🇭: @wowpresentsplus, @discoveryplusph, & @HBOAsia
🇨🇦: @CraveCanada (Canada)
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