Happy pride month of queer pop culture…and beyond!

This is a big month for queer pride rights. As usual, many events happened and are happening and will still happen around the globe. LGBTQ is so entrenched in pop culture and the news/media these days so it’s just wonderful to bask in on the exposure.

It’s even more wonderful to have many queer issues float in mainstream pop culture recently here in the country. Some controversial, some just downright silly, as well. Oh, where do I begin? There’s the controversial family saga of international pop singing sensation Charice coming out of the closet as a tomboy, then the Pugad Baboy comic strips of Pol Medina Jr. and its “lesbian offensive” that prompted quite a debate. Then there’s the hottest primetime teleserye My Husband’s Lover airing on the Kapuso network this month which puts a face to the closeted gay narratives of Pinoys. Then there’s a lot pa I can’t remember na. Oh of course, hindi puwedeng mawala sa eksena ang bishops and they had to “weigh in” on certain queer issues, the most ludicrous of which is saying that gays and lesbians can marry, pero to each other daw  dahil they need to procreate. NKKLK these men of cloth. Hayst so what’s new gnu. But speaking of religion, that anti-gay ministry din closed up shop and released an apology for trying to convert queers daw into straights sa US. Aba bongz lang! And of course, the hottest news from the US front, the DOMA and Prop.8 wins. Kaya ang sarap lang mag-pride month party this June teh! Like worldwide lang ang peg. Torn on where to party this weekend: there’s a White Party happening at Malate in our usual Nakpil-Orosa street haunts, or there’s also an exclusive dance party for women who love women at a club in Timog QC.

But we did party na rin a bit. Here's three generations of Pinay lesbians at the annual LGBTQ Pride Reception by the US Embassy at the Ambassador's house: foremost lesbian feminist pioneer Aida Santos, our newest "baby dyke on the block" Charice, and this queer writer with the recently cut futch hairdo hehe. [June 2013 Makati City]

But we did party na rin a bit. Here’s three generations of Pinay lesbians at the annual LGBTQ Pride Reception by the US Embassy at the Ambassador’s house: foremost lesbian feminist pioneer Aida Santos, our newest “baby dyke on the block” Charice, and this queer writer with the recently cut futch hairdo hehe. [June 2013 Makati City]

Been planning to write reactions and analyses on most of these issues du jour but they just pop out left and right so darn fast that I run out of time catching up! Ganun kadami teh! Pero masaya naman. The more the many-er as a joke once said. In time, I’ll get back to my writing groove about such stuff. Sorry for the silence in this space. Medyo adjusting stuff in life lang din ang peg ko recently. Will share stories about that soon, too.

But as usual, I’ve never stopped writing. For a special pride month series, I’ve been writing up many self-empowerment essays for my usual gig at the Philippine Online Chronicles’ Pinoy LGBT Channel. [Click here to visit the main channel because there’s still something wrong with individual post links.] I’m also very happy with the new-found “fame” [charut!] of my longtime bff Kee who stepped in on board Rappler.Com and has been writing many queer-oriented issues from her New York nest, a space I sorely miss. I’ve always told this girl to put her stuff out there more. Glad she has the time and energy to do that lately. (Oh trivia, my header photo up there in this blog was shot by her, when she was touring me in Times Square hehe. Thanks for the photos again teh!) I’m also excited that another queer friend from MCCQC will be stepping in to join us in POC to write about queer issues from a beki perspective. The more the many-er talaga ang peg!

And to wrap it up, there’s a Pride March in Baguio this coming weekend, too. Kaya torn na naman. Lezzie friends have been buzzing me to go up there to celebrate pride with them this Sunday sa march nila. But coming from a Saturday night of partying? Hm torn and lost lang ang peg hehehe. #konyowoes much beks? Slight hehehe.

But I did witness and documented another Pride March already, this time in UP Diliman where it is becoming a yearly event na rin. That was yesterday, as attested by the beki-fied Oblation marker. [June 2013 UP Diliman QC]

But I did witness and document another Pride March already, this time in UP Diliman where it is becoming a yearly event na rin. That was yesterday, as attested by the beki-fied Oblation marker. [June 2013 UP Diliman QC]

But in any case, I’m just glad that we’re here, we’re queer, and society, pop culture and the world now realizes that we’ll never disappear. So there. Live to love, folks. And love to learn more, too.

Happy pride month yo.

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~ by leaflens on June 28, 2013.

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