Saturday, November 16, 2013

Over 10 years after the first Pride in the Philippines

Roxanne: We are planning to release a special print issue of Outrage Magazine this December to mark Pride 2013.
For the cover story that I will be writing, I was wondering if it's possible to ask answers to these questions:
A) Over 10 years after the first Pride was celebrated in the Philippines, do you think the LGBT community achieved anything to push for equal rights in the country? What do you think remain challenges for us before we can claim to truly have Pride? How do you think we should face these challenges?
Answer: Remarkably, the launching of the first Pride in the Philippines many years ago was a feat in itself; it inspired LGBT communities to replicate it in every sitios, barangays, towns and cities, and provinces and regions all over the country. However, to ensure a more meaningful Pride event, the LGBT  community should link up and join the struggle of various marginalized sectors of peasants, fisher folks, women and children, youth, indigenous communities, religious sectors, because, apparently, a significant minority of the LGBT community is present in all sectors and classes. Hence, it is imperative to tackle class and sectoral issues.
But it is easier said than done because to do so is to take a cursory look and study diligently Philippine history and understand from a scientific point of view the circumstances of sectoral and class marginalization.
B.) What are the key issues you think the LGBT community in the Philippines should focus on? Why so?
Answer: On the political aspect, we should focus on human rights issue because political oppression of the LGBT community is more apparent than ever. The more we push for the anti-discrimination bills/ordinances at various levels of governance, the more it is clear the viciousness of machismo, feudal and macho culture in our society. We should struggle for gender equality and respect which is the essence of our existence.
On the other hand, on the economic aspect, we should focus on breaking the chain of economic marginalization of the LGBT community, because a lot of LGBTs are still discriminated due to their sexual orientation and gender identity and expression, save those working in more open ‘accepting’ industries. And even if an LGBT is working already, another economic issue that should be tackled head-on is to fight for a living wage and other labor benefits that are often violated.
As usual, thank you very, VERY much for supporting us.
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