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In the Philippines, the term gay has been used loosely to include homosexuals, bisexuals, transsexuals, crossdressers, and effeminate men. Filipino gays are mostly stereotyped as effeminate, crossdressers, hairdressers, camp and ridiculed. Bakla, a derogatory Filipino word for gay, is commonly used; tomboy has a similar function, and refers to lesbians, usually of the butch and masculine type. For Filipino gays, the Tagalog phrase "paglaladlad ng kapa" (literally means "unfurling the cape") refers to the coming-out process. Although gays and lesbians are generally tolerated within Philippine society, there are still widespread cases of discrimination. Image File history File links Unbalanced_scales. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... LGBT rights Around the world · By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Persecution Violence This box:      Homosexuality is increasingly being tolerated in the Philippines[1]. However this tolerance is tempered by the strong influence of the Catholic church and macho culture. ... Homosexuality refers to sexual interaction and / or romantic attraction between individuals of the same sex. ... Bisexuality is a sexual orientation which refers to the romantic and/or sexual attraction of individuals to other individuals of both their own and the opposite gender or sex. ... Look up Transsexuality in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Transvestism is literally the practice of cross-dressing, wearing the clothing of the opposite sex, and transvestite literally refers to a person who cross-dresses. ... Effeminacy is character trait of a male showing femininity, unmanliness, womanliness, weakness, softness and/or a delicacy, which contradicts traditional masculine, male gender roles. ... For the 1996 Blur single, see Stereotypes (song). ... A lesbian is a woman who is romantically and sexually attracted only to other women. ... Tagalog (pronunciation: ) is one of the major languages of the Republic of the Philippines. ... Coming out of the closet (often shortened to coming out in winking reference to the public introduction of debutantes) describes the voluntary public announcement of ones (primarily homosexual or bisexual) sexual orientation or gender identity. ... This article is about discrimination in the social science context. ...

The Filipino gays find the backward economy a cramp to their style. Many of them are unable to leave home and even among those who can, many usually feel they have to support their extended families. In turn, parents who beat up their gay kids later on grudgingly tolerate the grown-up breadwinner who can pay the bills. It's a paradox with two realities, making it hard for observers to really pinpoint if Filipino society really accepts or still rejects having gays in the family. [1]

Gays in the Philippines fall into two categories just like other gays in every country around the world:

1. Effeminate gays or Effems- These include effeminate men, crossdressers and transsexuals, who may use make-up and dress in women's clothes. They tend to be concentrated in certain professions such as working in beauty parlors (thus the term parlorista) and in the fashion and showbiz industry as directors, writers, comedians and talk show hosts. Some work as entertainers, and a growing number work in Japan as female impersonators. Many of these gays tend to prefer heterosexual men as sexual partners. The motivation for these heterosexual men having relations with these gays is usually financial and there is little emotional involvement in the relationship. Effeminate gays are referred to colloquially as "pa-girl", “malambot”, or "Boyet", which is a commonly used nickname for effeminate gays, while heterosexual men who are in relationship with gays are often referred to as "papa". Heterosexuality is a sexual orientation characterized by esthetic attraction, romantic love or sexual desire exclusively for members of the opposite sex or gender, contrasted with homosexuality and distinguished from bisexuality and asexuality. ...

2. Straight-acting gays or Discreet - These men are not effeminate and will not use make-up or cross-dress. They are found outside of the stereotyped gay professions. Sexual preferences vary with some willing to have sex with other Straight-acting gays while others will prefer straight men. Many also self-identify as bisexual, even if they only have sex with men, bisexual having been redefined locally to mean straight-acting. Those who belong in this group often discriminate against the effeminate gays accusing them of propagating negative stereotypes of the "screaming faggot." Straight-acting gays are called “pa-mhin” or “paminta” in Manila and “maya” in Visayas and Mindanao. Cosmetics or makeup are substances to enhance the beauty of the human body, apart from simple cleaning. ... Look up faggot in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Nickname: Map of Metro Manila showing the location of Manila Coordinates: 14°35 N 121° E Country Philippines Region National Capital Region Districts 1st to 6th districts of Manila Barangays 897 Incorporated (city) June 10, 1574 Government  - Mayor Alfredo Lim (GO)  - Vice Mayor Isko Moreno (Asenso Manilenyo/PDP-Laban) Area... Map of the Philippines showing Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao Visayas is one of the three island groupings in the Philippines along with Luzon and Mindanao. ... Mindanao is the second largest and easternmost island in the Philippines. ...



Gay Lingo

Swardspeak is a vernacular language derived from Englog and is used by gay Filipinos. It uses elements from Tagalog, English, and Spanish, and some are from Nippongo, as well as celebrities' names and trademark brands, giving them new meanings in the context of this unique language. A unique trait of swardspeak is that it immediately identifies the speaker as homosexual, making it easy for people of that orientation to signal to each other in a place where such tendencies are not easy to display (ie in the Philippines). This creates an exclusive world among its speakers and helps them to resist cultural assimilation. Englog, in the Philippines, is an informal form of English infused with Tagalog words, a popular type of which is called Konyo English. ... Tagalog (pronunciation: ) is one of the major languages of the Republic of the Philippines. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Japanese  ) is a language spoken by over 130 million people, in Japan and Japanese emigrant communities around the world. ...

By using swardspeak, Filipino gay men are able to resist the dominant culture of their area and create a space of their own. The language is constantly changing, with old phrases becoming obsolete and new phrases frequently entering everyday usage, reflecting changes in their culture and also maintaining exclusivity. The dynamic nature of the language refuses to cement itself in single culture and allows for more freedom in expression among its speakers. Words and phrases can be created out of reaction to popular trends and create alternatives to a strictly defined lifestyle. By these characteristics, swardspeak creates a dissident group without any ties to geographical, linguistic, or cultural restrictions, allowing its speakers to shape the language as appropriate to the times. In this way, the language is "mobile", and is simultaneously part of a larger community but also open to more specific or local meanings.

Examples with Tagalog and English definitions:

Swardspeak Tagalog English
akech akò me
anaconda âhas pilferer
andalu péra money
anik anò what
atchay chimay maid
award pinagalítan scolded
bakler bakla gay
balahúra shameless
balayhuk báhay home
becky binabae effiminate
bestfriend kâaway mortal enemy
girlalu babáe woman
booking lumandî to flirt
borlogs túlog sleep
keri sigê alright
carmina villaroel kótse car
chaka pángit ugly
chanda romero tiyan tummy
charing nagbíbiro lang just kidding
chika chísmis gossip
churva wala lang nothing
clasmarurut kakláse classmate
crayola iyàk cry
cynthia luster hindî kilalà unknown
dakota malakí huge
dedma hindi pansinin ignore
echosera sinungáling liar
emote nag-inarte overreact
espluk magpaliwanag explain
freelala libre freeload
fez mukha face
gora tara na let's go
gelli de belen magselos get jealous
ikura magkano how much
imbeyd imbyerna freak out
in fairness pampalubag loob to console
itech ito this
jolina magdangal nahuli caught in the act
jomasai pamasahe fare
jugjug talik sex
jubis taba fat
junakis/aki anak offspring
jutanders matanda old
jutay maliit small
kakalurkey kakaloka crazy
kaplang mali mistake
karir seryosohin to take seriously
kyawti mabaho smelly
lafang kain eat
hada háda fellato
lupita kashiwahara malupit cruel
merang suki faithful costumer
morayta mura cheap
mudra ina mother
okray laitin to trash someone
lukring luka crazy
nomu inom to drink alcoholic beverages
okanenai walang pera no money
okanemuchi madaming pera wealthy
papa-ble masarap boyfriend material
plangak tumpak precisely
purita kalaw mahirap poor
tarush taray bitchy/grumpy
thundercats matanda old people
tom jones gutom hungry
tonta hina umintindi dumb
sininguelas sino who
sholbam callboy male prostitute
vonafey tinapay bread
wafu guwapo handsome
warla away altercation
waz wala nothing
wiz/wit hindi no

Gay Villages

Manila's Malate District, is known as the "gay district". It is here where the Gay Pride Parade is held every July. It is also a major "gay mecca" in Asia. Malate is a district of Manila in the Philippines, under the 5th congressional district of Manila, divided into forty four (44) barangays from Zone 75 to 90 and barangays 686 to 730. ...

Other gay villages in the Philippines include:

Nickname: Map of Metro Manila showing the location of Quezon City Coordinates: 14°38 N, 121°2 E Country Philippines Region National Capital Region Districts 1st to 4th districts of Quezon City Barangays 142 Incorporated (town) October 12, 1939 (as Balintawak) Incorporated (city) October 12, 1939 Government  - Mayor Feliciano Sonny... The City of Legazpi (Bikol: Ciudad nin Legazpi; Filipino: Lungsod ng Legazpi) is a first class city in the province of Albay, Philippines. ... REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES Province of Cebu Region: Central Visayas (Region VII) Capital: Cebu City Founded: April 7, 1521 and April 27, 1565 Population: 2000 census—3,356,137 (largest) Density—660 per km² (6th highest) Area: 5,088. ... Pagsanjan (pronounced Pag-sang-han) is a 4th class municipality in the province of Laguna, Philippines. ...

Filipino GLBT Organizations

gay rights organization (Metro Manila)

UP Babaylan Metropolitan Manila (Filipino: Kalakhang Maynila) or the National Capital Region (NCR) (Filipino: Pambansang Punong Rehiyon) is the greater metropolitan area of the city of Manila, the national capital and largest city in the Philippines. ...

UP Babaylan is the only active LGBT organization of the University of the Philippines
the Lesbian and Gay Legislative Advocacy Network
Can’t Live in the Closet
lesbian activist group (Metro Manila)
gay social support group (Davao City)
gay support and advocacy (Cebu City)
Society of Transsexual WOMEN of the Philippines(Metro Manila)
Order of St. Aelred
spiritual gay center (Metro Manila)
union of truly organized gays
Metropolitan Community Church Philippines
a positive ministry for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities in the Phils., a local church of UFMCC; the first pro-glbt church in the world, the first church to hold same sex holy unions in the Philippines

GASAP Gay association based in Las Pinas City The City of Davao (Filipino: Lungsod ng Dabaw; Cebuano: Dakbayan sa Davao) is one of the most important cities in the Philippines and the de facto capital of the island of Mindanao. ... Nickname: Map of Cebu showing the location of Cebu City Coordinates: 10°17 N 123°54 E Country Philippines Region Central Visayas (Region VII) Province Cebu (capital) Districts 1st and 2nd districts of Cebu City Barangays 80 Incorporated (town) 1565 Incorporated (city) February 24, 1937 Government  - Mayor Tomas D.R...

List of notable LGBT people in the Philippines

Hair stylists/make up artists
Ricky Reyes (Philantropist), Jun Encarnacion(†), Fanny Serrano, Bambi Fuentes, James Cooper
Jose Javier Reyes, Lino Brocka(†), Joel Lamangan, Mel Chionglo, Soxy Topacio, Brillante "Dante" Mendoza, Ishmael Bernal(†), Elwood Perez, Cloyd Robinson, Maryo J. de los Reyes, Eric Quizon
Allan K., Rustom Padilla, Robby Tarroza, Mel Soriano, Ogie Diaz, Diego Llorico, Chokoleit, Teri Onor, Ate Gay, Reneboy "Ate Glow" Facunla, Manny Castañeda, Terry (Yes yes show), Jovit Moya, Joed Serrano, Jessi Corcuera, Nora Aunor, Bernardo Bernardo, Georgie Quizon(Brother of Dolphy)(†), Babeth Villaroel(†), Poohquiao, Baba-Gee
TV/Radio Hosts
Boy Abunda, Arnell Ignacio, IC Mendoza, Tita Swarding, Eagle Riggs, Jobert Sucaldito, Lhar Santiago, Giovanni Calvo(†), German Moreno, Butch Francisco, Tim Yap, Raymond Gutierrez, John "Sweet" Lapus
Singers and Musicians
Aiza Seguerra, Anton Diva, Michael Cruz, Paula "Pow" Chavez
Gay Icons
Melanie Marquez, Ruffa Mae Quinto, Ruffa Gutierrez, Love Añover
Fashion Designers
Renee Salud, Pitoy Moreno, Eddie Badeo, Inno Sotto, Ben Farrales, Rajo Laurel, Jontie Martinez, Pepsi Herrera
Ricky Lo, Alfie Lorenzo, Rey Pumaloy, Danton Remoto, Ricky Lee, Manuel L. Quezon III, J. Neil García, Bam Salvani
Walterina Markova (Comfort Gay)(†), Oscar Atadero(Gay Activist), Justo Justo (Former Pasay City Councillor), Ruvic Rea (first Transsexual elected official Tayabas, Quezon), Alfonso Villacorta Alvarez (Cebu Disc Jockey), Mama Munyeka de la Peña (Iloilo Disc Jockey)

Catalino Ortiz Brocka, better known as Lino Brocka (April 3, 1939–May 21, 1991) is known as one of the greatest film directors of the Philippines. ... Ishmael Bernal is a Filipino movie, stage and television director. ... Rustom Padilla is a Filipino actor. ... Nora Aunor (born Nora Cabaltera Villamayor on May 21, 1953 in Iriga, Camarines Sur) is a multi-awarded Filipino actress, singer and producer. ... Rodolfo Quizon (born July 25, 1928), more popularly known by his screenname Dolphy, is a comedian actor in the Philippines. ... Boy Abunda is a Filipino journalist and TV personality. ... Arnell Ignacio is a Filipino Game Show host, Comedian and Actor. ... German Moreno, also known as Kuya Germs or the Master Showman (born October 8, 1941), is a Filipino television host, actor and comedian popular during the 1980s. ... Aiza Seguerra is a Filipino actress and singer. ... J. Neil C. García earned his A.B. Journalism, magna cum laude, from the University of Santo Tomas in 1990; M.A. in Comparative Literature in 1995, and Ph. ... Walter Dempster, Jr. ... The City of Pasay (Filipino: Lungsod ng Pasay) is one of the cities and municipalities that comprise Metro Manila in the Philippines. ... A transsexual (sometimes transexual) person establishes a permanent identity with the opposite gender to their assigned (usually at birth) sex. ... This article is about the political process. ... Tayabas is a 2nd class municipality in the province of Quezon, Philippines. ...

See also

LGBT rights Around the world · By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Persecution Violence This box:      Homosexuality is increasingly being tolerated in the Philippines[1]. However this tolerance is tempered by the strong influence of the Catholic church and macho culture. ...

External links

  • Manila Gay Guy - recent gay happenings in and around Manila, Philippines, as related by a local gay guy. S
  • Bakla Ako, May Reklamo? (I'm Gay, Got a Problem with That?) - See the gay world in the Philippines through the eyes of this twenty-something gay urbanite!
  • Pink Philippines Ireland Website



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