Monday, March 29, 2010
That Gay Church
Baclaran church is one of the iconic religious places in Metro Manila. Interestingly, it's first two syllables correspond to the word "Bakla" (gay man). Despite of my being an atheist, for over a year, I became a "devotee" of the church thanks to my former partner whose idea of a date begins with a Baclaran novena.
What's interesting in this church is that a good number of its devotees are gay men. During its most important day of the week, Wednesay, where all devotees flock to the church, one would notice a significant number of transgenders praying beside their boyfriends, groups of gay men quietly reading their novena booklets and even public sex cruisers hanging around at the rest room of the church.
I have always wondered, what's with Baclaran that it has gained a following among members of the gay community?
P.S. Enjoy your holy week holidays!
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