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This is no confession


I once resolved that I do not and will not subscribe to labels because they are flawed, misleading, and often disempowering, but today I declare that I am what the patriarchy categorizes as “gay.”

Posted: April 15th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

UP Tacloban students in Diliman

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OBLATION on the flagship campus of the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City. INQUIRER PHOTO

Just when he thought his diploma was within reach, University of the Philippines Visayas Tacloban (UP Tacloban) student Jed Morantte, a fourth-year social science major, went back to school feeling like “a college freshman again.”

Posted: February 23rd, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Talk of the Town | Read More »

Love your children


In the United States, parents of a seven-year-old “transgender,” a boy who identifies him/herself as a girl, are suing the child’s old school after the administration stopped the child from using the girls’ toilet and directed the child to a “gender-neutral” restroom instead. The reason officials gave for this change of policy was fear of [...]

Posted: March 19th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The gay thing


“I think everyone knows it. I want to be a girl.”

Posted: January 31st, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Woman, gay and Asian-Australian


There’s a crib in the office of Penny Wong. It’s the first thing one sees upon entering her office in this city’s Parliament Building, and it seems incongruous with her sober demeanor, dressed as she is in a pinstripe suit with a pale pink shirt under the blazer.

Posted: December 1st, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Being gay is okay


I got very, very angry this morning. To be specific, I got angry, frustrated, disappointed and sad. My head is throbbing and I feel like screaming. I want to cry because I just can’t take bigotry and discrimination, especially toward the people who are very close to my heart, the lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender (LGBT) community.

Posted: November 21st, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Born this way


I came out to a friend today via text message. After about an hour of what seemed like an eternity, he replied: “No worries, your secret is safe with me.” I was glad that he was supportive of me, but I don’t intend to keep it a secret for long. Not for another 29 years of my life.

Posted: October 3rd, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The ‘uncovering’ of Anderson Cooper


I’m writing this on July 4, the Independence Day of the United States of America.  We used to celebrate our own independence as a nation on this same date, until we decided that we owed it to ourselves to mark our full emancipation as a people by going back to June 12, 1898, when our [...]

Posted: July 4th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Nothing ‘gay’ about hate crimes


I have an older cousin who in our younger years took up smoking. This was no big deal—if my cousin had been a boy. But she was a girl—a young woman by that time, a professional at that—but still the older generation frowned on her smoking, as did her boyfriend then.

Posted: May 19th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Transgender for prez?


Heart Dinos election as the first transgender chair of the University of the Philippines Diliman Student Council last March 1 excites many political observers who view it as a portent of greater participation among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Filipinos in the political arena. They have every reason to be excited. Today, anecdotal evidence suggests that the Philippines will be electing more LGBTs to public offices, including Congress, in the 2013 elections. But are we ready for a transgender president?

Posted: April 1st, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Beyond Abunda, LGBT still generally abused

This is in reaction to Pompeyo Pedroche’s letter. (Inquirer, 7/9/11) He said there is no more need for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) Filipinos to fight for equal treatment because they have the likes of Boy Abunda, Ricky Reyes and even lawmakers as successful role models. This is the same line used by the [...]

Posted: August 2nd, 2011 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

An early declaration from Ang Ladlad


“Hindi na ako papayag (I won’t allow it to happen),” declares TV personality Boy Abunda. He’s referring to the loss in last year’s elections of the party-list Ang Ladlad, which sought to represent the LGBT or lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender community. Most observers ascribe Ang Ladlad’s loss to the mere three weeks it was [...]

Posted: June 24th, 2011 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »



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