Taipei Gay Pride 2018

One of the highlights of my recent trip to Taipei was that I and my friends got to attend the biggest gay pride parade and party in Asia! Me, MJ, JB and Willie were among the 130,000 people who attended the event.

The energy and vibe that night was truly brighter than my future! Hahaha!  The ability to connect with gays from all around the world was truly an international experience.  And since we are foreigners in Taipei, we somewhat let loose for there weren’t any conservative watchful eye to answer to (like if we were back home in Manila).  We knew no one in the event yet everyone was joyful and very welcoming.      

Though we arrived a little late, we still got so awe-struck by the people!  There were Drag Queens and Kings, there were Queer Super Heroes, there were Cosplayers, there were Happy Smiling Angels, student protest groups and tons of fit non-heterosexual abdominal muscles flashing! 

I never hesitated asking interesting people to take their photos with MJ and Willie and no one refused!  We were like being a part of the big LGBTQ+ family fighting for the same cause.

When we joined part of the pack who started to head home to their respective vibrantly amazing lives, I took the chance of buying a bracelet as a souvenir.  This trinket signify that I took part on being one with the happy rainbows that day.  

Ang saya saya!

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In A Heartbeat

Its August 1

Let’s start August positive;

Let’s start August happy;

Let’s start August smiling;

Let’s start August animated;

Let’s start August hopeful;

Let’s start August inspired;

Let’s start August with a perfect gem; and,

Let’s start August In A Heart Beat

cute

Kyut…

Fun Queer Kids & the Leader of Chechen Republic

The Pride Month is over yet rainbow flags will never be folded and kept inside treasure trunks of the LGBT community.  The waving of these colorful flags will continue to signify the unremitting fight for rights and equality.

This is of course except for the Chechen Republic which is the worst place to live for the members of the LGBT community.  In that part of the globe, rainbow flags are kept in the innermost trunks and queer thoughts will forever be suppressed in the deepest annals of their soul.

mr. razman kadyrov

Last weekend, I happen to bumped into an old YouTube video.  After watching this fun and funny video, I wonder what the leader of Chechen Republic would feel after viewing it.  Will he be beaming with smile and even laugh while watching such an innocent and harmless kids who happen to be gay? Or will he get so furious he will order his military troupes to fly nuclear missiles to the Philippines so as to eradicate these naïve and blameless kiddos?  And if these kids were living in Chechnya, would he order that these happy minors be abducted and held captive in a gay concentration camps?

Aside from wondering what the Chechen Republic leader would feel, I am curious how the “free” kids of Chechnya enjoy being kids. Are they as unregimented and as diverse like the kids here in my country?  Are they able to strut spontaneous moves the way kids here strut their stuff?

With all these incomprehensible questions, all I could think of is being glad that these kids are happy living in a free country like the Philippines! These cute kids may not be rich and powerful but they sashay away with happiness…

Ang kwela! San ka pa?!

A Walk at The Castro

Stupid as it may sound, but my preconceived idea of the gay mecca in America is that the streets are filled with pink elephants, happy unicorns, colorful fairies, gentle dragons and sparkling angels.  All of these were erased when I got to walk the streets of Castro District in San Francisco.

smile….
rainbow land!
rainbow!

The Castro is considered San Francisco’s (if not USA’s) gay-friendly epicenter.  It actually has glitzy bars and restaurants, flamboyant shops and of course a historical theater.  You would know that you have entered this area when lampposts are donned with rainbow flags and zebra lanes are in rainbow colors.

But what I had was a quiet walk in the Castro.  I was nevertheless left to realize that the area is a thriving marketplace for all things gay.  While I grasp on the sidewalk historical plaques/markers representing past LGBT icons, it was not difficult to recognize that the area is catered to people who identify with the LGBT culture. Actually, passing through a coffee shop seated outside were two young men kissing.  And wall murals and posters abound in the area about gay rights and human rights.

at the steve harvey plaza, milk!
love wins…

The streets may have been calm and quiet on the time of my visit, but I can truly feel the lingering colorful gay spirit in the atmosphere and the unabashed zest for life of The Castro.

Lab wins…

Too Early & Too Late for Tel Aviv Pride 2016

I arrived too early and left too early for the party.  Now I’m celebrating too late…

where fun is supposed happen! (in front of the iconic dan hotel)
where fun is supposed happen! (in front of the iconic dan hotel)
was too early for the party...
was too early for the party…

Here’s a bunch of beautiful people who were blessed to feel, see, smell and experience  the fun and excitement of this year’s Pride in the city that I came to love.

Hapi Prayd Tel Abib!

Manny Pacquiao Is One Serious Disappointment

With the present psyche of the Philippine society being backed up by extreme and ambiguous religious belief, I have long accepted the fact that legalizing same sex marriage in this country would be so remote.  Thus, asking a famous boxer and part-time politician in a country where the majority of its populace are unfortunately not in the side of reason, if he agrees or disagrees on same sex marriage is nothing but pointless.  The system will not change in case he agrees with same sex-marriage anyway.

There has been a lot of people who opposes same sex marriage but these people were prudent and human enough not to compare LGBT people to being inferior to animals.  And though I disagree with them, I respected these people’s stance. But what broke my heart was Manny Pacquiao’s cruel statement of comparing the LGBT to being worse than animals.

the personalized shirt i would use during boxing events of manny. i don't know what to do with it now... its eating some precious space nn my cabinet...
the proof of my being a fan. the personalized shirt i would use during boxing events of manny. i don’t know what to do with it now… its eating some precious space in my cabinet…

Manny Pacquiao uttering this insensitive and idiotic idea made my respect for him simply fade away.  My being a fan simply vanished out into smithereens.  He is definitely awful and is one serious disappointment.  To those who think that what he said was okay, I’m sorry to all of you because Manny himself know that he was mistaken.  He would not apologize if he knows that he was not off beam.

Yeah, he has apologized but sorry the emotionally wounding damage has been done and though it may heal (hopefully soon), forever will remain one ugly scar.

And from the last time I checked prior to Mr. Pacquiao’s atrocious statement, my married LGBT friends who are living in a peaceful and productive lives has not in any way hurt or even negatively affected the boxing and political career of Mr. Pacquiao.  I don’t see the reason why he would disappointingly hurt them then?

Sabi nga ni Manang Madonna… “Bits get op may powl”!

The Bravest Knight Who Ever Lived: A New Classic Fairy Tale

Times has really changed.  Take a peek on how pumpkin farmer Cedric, turns out to be The Bravest Knight Who Ever Lived.

Though written in such an upbeat and intelligent way, conservatives here in the Philippines would for sure protest, dispute and object in case this fairy tale of a book will ever be available on the shelves of Philippine bookstores.  For the severe conservatives, imagining Cedric sharing the same bookshelf-space along with The Happy Price, Thumbelina, Pinocchio, Aladdin, and other beloved fairy tale characters in children’s media would be quite difficult to endure and tolerate.

But have you ever wondered? Considering that Filipino children grew up reading and being read with fairy tales with straight/heterosexual characters, i.e., the price end up marrying the princess and lives happily ever after, there are still multitudes of Filipinos who turn up being gay?

This would only make you conclude that story plots of fascinating fairy tales has nothing to do with the development of a child in terms of sexual identity or gender preference.  Perhaps discussing about “sexuality-is-genetic” and the “born-this-way” principle would already be too much.

"often, we can find the answers back where we began" --- daniel errico
“often, we can find the answers back where we’ve began” — daniel errico

Times has really changed.  And I would like to believe that it has gone more accepting.  In fact, the writer of this new classic of a fairy tale, Daniel Errico the founder of FreeChildrenStories.com , happens to be a straight guy.

Though I am an adult who has yet to develop a more mature disposition, I can say that The Bravest Knight Who Ever Lived being an absolutely charming fairy tale has nothing to do with sexuality.  For me, it is about receiving the ultimate reward from having a big heart and being brave enough to be true to oneself.

En Dey Libd Hapili Eber Apter…