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Reminder on New Contributors (a must-read)

I would personally would like to greet the new members of Rainbow Bloggers Philippines and we hope you enjoy your stay here. We also would like to remind the new contributors to this blog of the following:

1) LABELS - Rainbow Bloggers Philippines strictly uses seven labels, each representing an aspect of the gay community: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, and Violet. Refer to "The Rainbow Colors" on the sidebar for more information.

2) POST ORIGINAL CONTENT ONLY - We encourage all our contributors to post original articles in this blog. There have been some members (yes, including I) who have posted articles that were already posted in our respective blogs, but that would not coincide with this group's real aim: to unite all Filipino gay bloggers and inspire them to pursue an inner motivation for blogging.

If you are posting news reports, we encourage the contributors to rewrite the article and acknowledge the source. This is to prevent potential copyright v…

Play Straight for Pay

Sa Amerika, nauso ang katagang "gay for pay" kung saan ang isang straight na porn actor ay makikipagtalik sa kapwa lalake kapalit ang mataas na talent fee. Ika nga ng isang gay for pay actor, para lang kumita siya sa straight porn nang katumbas ng isang sex scene sa kapwa lalake, kakailanganin niyang makipagtalik sa 20 babae. Sasabihin ng iba, "Dude, ano'ng masama sa pakikipagsex sa 20 babae?" Pero kamusta naman ang mas mataas na risk na makakuha ng sexually transmitted infections, hindi ba?

Matindi ang debate sa isyung ito, pero iba ang kaso sa Pilipinas. Dahil hindi ang mga lalake ang willing magpakabakla para kumita nang malaki, kundi ang mga bakla mismo ang mag-aastang straight para lamang makakuha ng mas mataas na trabaho o mataas na suweldo. Play straight for pay, ika nga ni Tita Mandaya Moore.

Naalala ko tuloy noong nasa kolehiyo ako. Isang bading sa aming unibersidad ang lumikha ng ingay sa media noong dekada 90 sa pagsampa niya ng demanda laban sa …

Aussie man jailed 18 years for trying to spread HIV

A 50-year-old HIV positive Melbourne man was sentenced on Friday to 18 years and nine months in jail, with a minimum of 13 years and nine months. He has already served two years and nine months.

Michael Neal, was found guilty by a jury in July last year on 15 charges, including two of rape and trying to infect eight people with HIV between 200 and 2006. He was diagnosed as HIV positive in 2000.

According to media reports, he was diagnosed in 2000 and had unprotected sex without telling his partners he had HIV and arranged "conversion parties" to infect people so that he would have a greater pool of sexual partners available to him, the Victorian County Court heard.

Australia’s The Age newspaper reported that Neal who met his victims mainly at gay venues, on gay websites or at gay beats, wore a genital piercing to make it easier for him to infect people. The father of three - and grandfather of four - further told a psychiatrist he had a dark side and enjoyed infecting people.


Lesbian to Be Iceland's First Female PM

The world's first openly gay leader is poised to take power in Iceland with the appointment of a lesbian former flight attendant as Prime Minister following the mass-resignation of the country's government.

Johanna Sigurdardottir, 66, is to become interim leader until new elections are held in May following the fall of the administration of Geir Haarde amid huge public protests about the country's economic crisis.

The country's social affairs minister, Ms Sigurdardottir has been installed as head of an interim centre-left coalition featuring her Social Democratic Alliance and the Left-Green movement.

"She is a senior parliamentarian, she is respected and loved by all of Iceland," said Environment Minister Thorunn Sveinbjarnardottir, a fellow Alliance party member.

The new leader is known for allocating generous amounts of public funding to help the disabled, the elderly and organizations tackling domestic violence.

Ang pagbabalik ni ZSAZSA ZATURNNAH

Mula sa mga pahina ng comics ni Carlo Vergara, isinadula sa teyatro, hanggang sa pinilakang tabing... Ngayon... Muling nagbabalik sa tanghalang malupit ang paborito nating baklang lumululon ng gakamaong bato para maging isang ganap na bilat!!!!


Venue : CCP Little Theater

Time : 3:00 pm Date : Feb 7, 8, 14, 15 2009
Time : 8:00 pm Date : Feb 6, 7, 13, 14 2009

(Limited Return Engagement)A beauty salon owner transforms into ZsaZsa Zaturnnah, a superhuman warrior endowed with uncanny strength and remarkable beauty. She fearlessly defends a small town from fashion forward aliens, a giant frog and rampaging zombies. Tanghalang Pilipino brings back this rousingly funny musical based on the graphic novel by Carlo Vergara, adapted for the stage by Chris Martinez, set to infectious music by Vince de Jesus and directed by Chris Millado. Eula Valdez reprises her award winning peformance as the parlorista super…

The Launch of the First Lesbian Magazine in the Philippines: My Femme Magazine

Cover of the Pilot Issue

A lot of lesbians, from different ages, kinds, shapes and sizes, gathered at the Sir William's Hotel Functon Room in Timog Ave, Quezon City to celebrate the launch of the first lesbian magazine in the Philippines which is My Femme Magazine (MFM). My girlfriend and I were among the first people to be there and got ourselves free shots of tequila while waiting for the program to start. Entrance was free (but the drinks weren't ;) ) and the program started around 10:30 pm. It was actually like a normal exclusive party for lesbians, however there are some men who were there (I'm not just sure if they're friends of the organizers or gays?). There were dance numbers, games and models. We got the chance to choose the next My Femme cover girl for the next issue by voting the models of our choice.

Opening Dance Number

Who will be the next My Femme Cover Girl?

Time for the butches to shine!

The magazine will be released every 2 months, I am just not sure …

Welcome home, BB Gandanghari!

Early this week, local showbiz was abuzz because a former matinee idol by the name of Rustom Padilla guested in two major entertainment talk shows to announce that she is now a woman. And that her name is Binibi (BB for short) Gandanghari. Roughly translated into English, it stands for "Miss Beauty King".

The revelation may not have been as surprising to many because it was not the first time people saw Rustom all dolled up. In October in an awards night, Rustom also showed up in women's clothing. Rustom stole the show then but did not reveal the reason for showing up "en femme". Many speculated that perhaps it was a promotional ploy to get people interested in an upcoming show featuring the actor.

It might be remembered that Rustom shot to renewed fame, after a long absence from showbiz, in 2007 upon joining the Philippine version of Big Brother. Rustom entered the Pinoy Big Brother (PBB) house but left on his own voliton on the 45th day. Before he left the show…

The Thank You Girls

"You'll feel more at home here than in any previous drag-queen movie. If you don't, you'll laugh, you'll gasp, you may even hurl. But you'll come out a better person." - Vancouver International Film Festival


"The 'Thank You' Girls" is a Visayan film with a gay lingo twist. (with subtitles)

Tired of losing in all the beauty competitions in Davao City, six dysfunctional gay beauty pageant veterans decide to travel north to Cagayan de Oro City, in the island of Mindanao, with a mission to conquer the grandest competition of beauty, personality and brains in the province. They believe that being city dwellers, gays in the province will never stand a chance against them.

Passing through the breathtaking landscapes and cultural vignettes of the Mindanao provinces, each queer need not only struggle to win a single title but also battles against his individual internal demon raring its ugly head behind their pink masks.

During their travel,…

Gay Rappers Continue to Rhyme Despite the Pressure

This is not a spoof YouTube video about a gay rapping on lack of rights on homosexuals. The song "Dilemma" is actually laid out by Captain Magik, a 28-year-old Cleveland native who used to rap as an opening act for Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and Insane Clown Posse. It was only about 2 1/2 years ago when he came out of the closet, but it wasn't so easy. At first he thought that revealing his sexual preference to the public would hurt his rap career, until he discovered that he was not alone.

Captain Magik found a thriving community of gay hip-hop artists, or homo-hop. In an interview with Los Angeles Times, he said that the experience was "liberating" and that he could "finally rap about things that are truly relevant" for him.

However, this subgenre (if you will) faces heavy scrutiny especially from within the hip-hop community. Hip-hop music has been branded a bigoted lot, where anti-gay diatribes would as normal as "la la la" while calls for …