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Just recently, we saw on TV popular local singer Aiza Seguerra offering her girlfriend an engagement ring which the latter accepted with tears of joy. Behind them could be seen Aiza’s mother, all smiles in obvious approval. The two plan to get married in some US state where same-sex marriage is now legal. Other celebrities who are into gay or lesbian relationship have also opted to marry their partners abroad, unmindful of public opinion and the sanctions coming from our local Church.
The appointment to the Human Rights Victims’ Claims Board of somebody from an institution that has systematically spawned rights violations (including various forms of violence against women) since the martial law period is an affront to Filipinos and all victims of human rights abuses.
If only it were true. “Marami ang Maita (There are many Maitas),” writes “Ka Selena” of Makibaka, the “women’s wing” of the National Liberation Front.
By Belinda A. Aquino
As Supertyphoon “Yolanda” (international codename: Haiyan) rained death and destruction on central Philippines on Nov. 8, an equally ferocious human storm was raging across the halls of the Hawaii State Legislature over the burning issue of same-sex marriage.
I am addressing this letter to Theresa Pili-Nisperos of Tondo, Manila, in relation to her opinion of Charice Pempengco (Inquirer, 6/22/13)
By Rina Jimenez-David
Many years back, friends who were connected with an NGO devising “communication strategies” on family planning invited me to take part in a dialogue with writers, directors and producers of local soap operas for the top two broadcast stations.
I was greatly disturbed when I read in the June 19 issue of the Inquirer a statement of Archbishop Oscar Cruz, head of the National Appellate Matrimonial Tribunal of the Catholic Church, on marriage between a lesbian and a gay man. This prelate rules out any chance of same-sex unions but says a lesbian and a gay man should be allowed to marry. Can they get married? Having asked himself this question, the archbishop says he has come to the conclusion “that they have the capacity to consummate the union. The anatomy is there.” Here speaks a doctor of law (please see Tim. 1: 7-8) and an anatomist.
By Rina Jimenez-David
They’re called “lipstick lesbians,” women who love women, or are primarily sexually attracted to other women, but who “wear lipstick” along with other forms of makeup as well as sexy attire, and appear to all the world as seeking men’s attention.
By Felisse Marianne Z. San Juan
I have to admit I used to be semihomophobic. I say “semi” because though I did not run away at the sight of gay people, I would silently condemn them and pray they would become straight. I studied in a Catholic school and I guess this is primarily why I used to wish people would stop being gay. I thought heaven was not for gays and that straight was less complicated.
By Jonas Bagas
As the world celebrates LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) Pride this month, the Philippines finds itself in the middle of global scrutiny: Where does it really stand on the issue of LGBT acceptance?
By Damien Dee-Llamas
This year, my family made the ridiculous effort of having me engaged to a beautiful woman from a respectable family. A perfect match, many say: an aspiring lawyer and a trophy wife. But no. And no, this isn’t my confusion for I have already set my mind on not getting tied. Because, you see, I am gay.
In a candid article cowritten for Sports Illustrated and circulated a few days ago, the seven-footer Jason Collins became the first active National Basketball Association player to come out as gay. His magazine essay began with three simple declarations: “I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay.”