Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Silahis or Bakla?
I had a very interesting conversation with blogger Mr. Line of Flight about the two opposite ends of the Filipino gay subculture. At one end is the “silahis” (local term for the bisexual or the masculine gay men) side and on the other end is the “bakla” or the transgender side (referring to the effeminate gay men and the cross dressing type). The latter is epitomized by the parlorista, or the typical gay men manning your beauty salon.
These opposing sides have their own sets of values. The “silahis” values masculinity while the “bakla” is a representation of femininity. The “silahis” patronizes relationship with another silahis (two masculine gay men) and the bakla fantasizes and most of the time pays for the sexual services of the “straight man”.
Considering this perspective, I realized that most Filipino gay men will find themselves between these two sides. And the more you are attracted to one side, the more you will repel the other side.
I’m wondering, will it be possible for the silahis or the bakla to dominate the other one in the context of the gay subculture in the next few years?
Labels: gay life