|Young Filipino Gay Men are proud of their sexuality|
Most of my dearest friends in their 40's do not agree with marriage equality. My beloved friends grew up in the 70's and 80's and the gay life then was really different. Think of Dolphy's Pacifica Falayfay or Roderick Paulate's Petrang Kabayo. And that will give you an idea on how society viewed the Filipino gay man. That was the world back then. And I certainly understood why someone from that era would never dare to demand for equal treatment.
|Roderick Paulate's gay movie characters |
represented how society accepted
the gay men in the 80's
Fast forward to 2000. Gay Men are connected to the internet. More and more developed countries are accepting Gay Marriage. Young gay men now have a bigger sense of freedom. They are now open to be in a relationship with each other rather than settle with a "commercial" boy toy. They join pride marches. Gay Lovers dare to hold each other's hands at the mall (and they even dare to kill each other for love).
With these accelerating changes here's the inevitable truth. The future of equality belongs to these young men who think they deserve equal treatment. And not to those who have used up half of their lifetime accepting homophobia as a rule of life.