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Book Review: Selling Out, The Gay and Lesbian Movement Goes to the Market

Book Review on Canadian English Professor Michael Cobb's book "God Hates Fags". This post was written by RBP team member line of flight from Sampaloc Toc. Happy Labor Day!

Alexandra Chasin is an American professor of literature and LGBT studies. Chasin's book is a fascinating and damning account of how market forces have fundamentally altered (and destroyed in some ways) the revolutionary potential of LGBT movements.

From the beginning (if there ever was one), LGBT movements have called for a fundamental rethinking of gender, family, and eros. In the U.S., until the 1990s, these movements were local and fragmented in nature, goals were similar but local LGBT groups dealt with local communities to tackle problems of discrimination, etc.,. Local bars funded local LGBT publications.

As noted in Fetner's How the Religious Right Shaped Lesbian and Gay Activism, the direction of these movements in the U.S. became unified and nationalized in the 1980s. Fetner describes how…

A call for change

Below is the statement of the Society of Transsexual Women of the Philippines (STRAP) on what happened recently to BB Gandanghari and her friends at a bar in Pasig City. It seems both ironic and fitting in the face of the global LGBT community preparing to commemorate this year (May 17, 2009) the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) with a spotlight on transphobia. What happened to BB and her friends stands proof that transphobia exists and is alive everywhere in the world.

Statement of the Society of Transsexual Women of the Philippines (STRAP) on the Aruba incident involving Binibini Gandanghari and her friends

We, the members of the Society of Transsexual Women of the Philippines (STRAP) are deeply saddened by the incident that occurred on the night of April 23, 2009, Thursday, to Binibini (BB for short) Gandanghari and her friends at Aruba Bar and Restaurant in Metrowalk, Pasig City. On that said night, Aruba, with no compunction and invoking its NO CROSSDRE…

Mayo Uno

Dan & Rye join in the worldwide celebration of Labor Day.

Revived Ep 9 "Laborer Lang? Laborer Po!"

Too serious, eh?
You really think so?
Listen up, they just might prove you wrong.
The duo also answer AJ's question on the Bb Gandanghari-Aruba incident,
and discuss fascinating entries from their blogs of the week.
More than one.

Don't forget to share your thoughts!
You may leave them on the comment section or you may email Dan & Rye at

MISS USA: Gay Marriage Scandal

Ay, gusto ko lang mag follow-up regarding about the MUSAP because I've read another article today and it really offended me talaga! On my last post, wala akong kinakampihan between Ms Carolina nor Perez, but this time gusto ko lang mag express kung ano din ang opinion ko. Anyway, this is also a reply to Mac Calister and Shanes comment.. Mac, hindi mo to

“I think it’s great that Americans are able to choose one or the other,” Prejean responded. “But in my country, and in my family, I think that I believe that marriage should be between a man and a woman. No offense to anybody out there, but that’s how I was raised.”

Eh, ano ngayon if you were raised that way? To hell I care! People were raised to hate Blacks and Jews, Asians too. Does that make it right? But that’s not really what she meant, of course:

“I don’t take back what I said,” she told Lauer of AccessHollywood, adding that she “had spoken from my heart, from my beliefs and for my God.”
“It’s not about being polit…

Swine Flu: CREEPY!

Here's to the latest health news: SWINE FLU has started to infest the USA. It started in Mexico, killing more or less a hundred people.

Exhibiting symptoms of traditional flu infection, SWINE FLU has NO VACCINATION and is AIRBORNE (so a simple sneeze from an infected person can kill you). It is not transmitted through eating pork but by contact, e.g., shaking of hands, kissing, and touching virus-infected objects and consequently touching the nose, eyes, mouth, etc. So ALCOHOL OR HAND SANITIZER is a must. Authorities at NAIA have ordered the screening of all passengers arriving from the United States.

The outbreak is not in the country yet, but we better be careful as early as this time. Which means...hmmm...SEB's might better be avoided for the meantime [sad!].

For more facts on SWINE FLU, visit the following links:



Sex Addict Ka Ba?

Kamakailan lang, nanood ako ng Oprah (so baklush hehehe)at ang paksa ay tungkol sa sex addiction. Syempre naman napukaw ang interes ko noh. Sa totoo lang araw-araw (minsan pa nga higit) ako nagsasalsal kaya ayun na-intriga ako. Gusto kong masukat kung gaano kalala ang pagkahumaling ko sa torjak kaya naman nagresearch ako sa net at ang nakita ko ay ang Sex Addicts Anonymous(there is such thing pala). Kinopya ko ang quiz sa homepage at pinagsikapan ko itong sagutin...kahit mahirap (charing!).
More from my blog.

That high school crush

April 26, 2009

I watched "Never Been Kissed" yesterday afternoon. It's one of my most loved movies (among the feel-good ones), plus, I certainly love Drew Barrymore as well.

This is not a movie review so don't expect me to really digest each and every bit of the movie. Of course it has some flaws, some "was that for real?" moments. But I really love its ending. I think this movie has one of the most perfectly romantic endings ever. Waiting for the guy to give you your first be witnessed by hundreds of people (personally) and millions of others worldwide.

Have you ever been kissed by someone? By someone you think is special? Well, I guess that's a pretty silly question. Of course, a lot of you have been kissed already. But, I guess it's just really different in my case.

I've never been kissed.

This movie made me remember my high school and college days. I can actually relate to Josie Gellar, the heroine in the movie. Not because I was exactl…

Book Review: God Hates Fags

Book Review on Canadian English Professor Michael Cobb's book "God Hates Fags". This post was written by RBP team member line of flight from Sampaloc Toc.

I want to start off this review by unequivocally stating that I do not recommend buying or reading this book. I hesitated writing this review at first, but I decided I wanted to tell you what was so disappointing and my expectations for research into the discourse of anti-gay right-wing Christian fundamentalism.

Michael Cobb is an English Professor at the University of Toronto and is a very angry gay man. I picked this book up with the idea that it would be an update to Didi Herman's The Anti-GayAgenda with a focus on the upsurge in media attention to Fred Phelps "God Hates Fags" church. The book does provide a little bit of research into the history of Fred Phelps church of hate. However, I'd recommend Ryan Jones' documentary Fall from Grace -- which includes unprecedented access to Fred Phelps and…

Discrimination (Again) at Aruba Bar: BB Gandanghari Refused Entry

Aruba Bar in Metrowalk has done it again. This bar, which reeks of discrimination, has continually refused entry to transgenders via a sign at the entrance: No Cross-Dressing.

BB Gandanghari went to Aruba Bar & Restaurant because she wanted to watch her friend Rannie Raymundo’s show. But she and her friends were denied entry because they were cross-dressing. A similar incident happened not so long ago - at the same bar, to a different person: Inday Garutay.
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Paano nasusukat ang pagka-lalaki?

Ayon sa Hay! Men! Ang blog ng mga tunay na lalake! Ito ang batayan ng pagkalalake:

1. Ang tunay na lalake ay di natutulog.
2. Ang tunay na lalake ay di nagte-text-back, maliban na lang kung papasahan ng load. Gayunpaman, laging malabo ang kanyang mga sagot.
3. Ang tunay na lalake ay laging may extra rice.
4. Ang tunay na lalake ay hindi vegetarian.
5. Ang tunay na lalake ay walang abs.
6. Ang tunay na lalake ay hindi sumasayaw.
7. Ang tunay na lalake ay umaamin ng pagkakamali sa kapwa tunay na lalake.
8. Ang tunay na lalake ay laging may tae sa brief.
9. Ang tunay na lalake ay di naghuhugas ng pinagkainan o nagliligpit ng kanyang mga gamit dahil may babaeng gagawa noon para sa kanya. Mas lalong nagiging tunay ang pagkalalake kung di niya kilala o di niya maalala ang pangalan ng babae.
10. Ang tunay na lalake ay di nagsisimba.

from here

Hindi ko mapigilan ang sarili ko sa paggulong sa sahig kakatawa. Ang mga baklang bumubuo ng blog na ito ay talaga namang may kakaibang sense of humor na sa kabila …

Movie Review: Rock Haven

Movie Review on American independent gay film "Rock Haven"(available at the Malaysian blog Filem Gay). This post was written by RBP team member line of flight from Sampaloc Toc.

First of all, I want to give a shout out to the Malaysian site, Filem Gay, for helping to catablog international gay cinema.

I have watched many many gay films in my life and with the recent advances in editing technology and its greater accessibility to the middle class, I have to say that I have been unable to be aware of every gay film that has come out in the last ten years (there is just too many). I was roaming through Filem Gay's blog and stumbled onto Rock Haven. Filem Gay summarized:

The coastal California community of Rock Haven is the perfect place for cute eighteen-year-old Brady and his loving mother to begin a fresh start. Their mission: to spread the word of the Lord. But while roaming the beach one day, Brady meets Clifford, a young man who is the complete opposite of him: outgoing …

Justice for Angie Zapata

I just saw on the Questioning Transphobia website that the Angie Zapata murder trial has already produced a verdict. For details on Angie's case, visit the LGBT Hate Crimes clearinghouse here. Angie Zapata (shown in the picture above) was an 18 year old trans woman who was found brutally murdered in her own apartment in Greeley, Colorado sometime in July last year. The suspect in her killing, Allen Ray Andrade, 31, was put on trial recently and his jury found him guilty on four counts: first degree murder, bias motivated crime, aggravated motor vehicle theft, and ID theft. Andrade gets mandatory life without parole for the first count. Sentencing on the other counts will happen on May 8.

Angie was one of the people honored in last year's Transgender Day of Remembrance. LGBT activists in the US have been anticipating the outcome of her murderer's trial because a hate-crime law was being used to prosecute him. The verdict above makes it clear that the jury accepts Angie'…

Book Review: Metropolitan Lovers, the Homosexuality of Cities

Book Review on Literature and LGBT Studies Professor Julie Abraham's book "Metropolitan Lovers". This post was written by RBP team member line of flight from Sampaloc Toc.

Julie Abraham is an American professor of literature and LGBT studies. Abraham's book is an interesting look at the connection between the idea of the "city" and homosexual identity -- lesbian and gay.

I must admit up front that I found the book to be very Euro-American centric and failed to address the relation of the city and sexuality to colonialism and imperialism or test her theories of that relationship to the conscious city creating in colonized places. Because of this, I found a lot of the book boring and tedious to read. But, if you're into urban studies or European lesbian nineteenth century history or Oscar Wilde, you'll likely find this book much more interesting.

That being said, the book got me thinking of Benedict Anderson's highly controversial Under Three Flags a…

The 2nd Anniversary Special (Part 2), Out Now!

Dan & Rye promised a BBQ party for their anniversary. So despite the nonstop downpour of rain, they forced themselves to put barbecue on the table. It was a fun-filled night, to say the least.

Amidst the beautiful chaos that went on that night--- somewhere in the middle of taboo, charades, karaoke, gossiping, eating, drinking and back-and-forth mocking--- an episode was recorded by Dan & Rye, with, of course, a little help from their friends: Enan, Rey, and the HK Beckies.

Listen up, kasuys! Forgive us if the sporadic tilian and the walang-awat na pag-a-accent ng mga bakla might bother you. They were ill effects of carbon poisoning brought about by barbecue-ing indoors.

From Dan & Rye, a million thanks to the beckies, especially to Enan & Rey for hosting, and to Josh for this episode's special CBB.

Vote for your Hottie of the week

Every Monday 5 guys will be randomly picked from Manjam, PlanetRomeo (Guys4Men), Friendster, Downelink, Multiply and Lifeout whom we thought has the X-Hotness and will be posted in stainedheart's blog and its up for voting for the entire week. And please stop asking me if I have their email addresses........ it doesn't mean that I know them personally. Anyway, in order to view the hunky hotties, just click here.

Book Review: With Respect to Sex

Book Review on Anthropologist and Gender Studies Professor Gayatri Reddy's book "With Respect to Sex". This post was written by RBP team member line of flight from Sampaloc Toc.

Gayatri Reddy is an Indian-American anthropologist and gender studies professor. Reddy's book is an ethnography of the transgender hijra of the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.

Reddy carefully recounts the tensions in life for the hijra that are specific to the cultural context like the road from rural life to urban hijra identity in Hyderabad and some of the more seemingly universal aspects of transgender collective identity regarding how the hijra form into hierarchical adopted families that enforce norms for the hijra identity with an "old-timer" at the apex of the hierarchical family.

Her discussion of the negotiation between Hindu and Muslim identification is fascinating. (Hyderabad was a Muslim sultanate until after independence and if you ever go there, you can see its d…


Here are the signs of a BOYFRIEND worth keeping. Enjoy! :)

Does not want to show you his celphone; accepts calls and answers text messages in front of you but considers it a CRIME on your part to simply ask who he is talking withHates questions, avoids simple confrontations [great escapist!]Tells leading information but hates it when you dig deeper [e.g., i waited for sombody. you ask, sino? sagot: TAO.]Does not want to introduce you to his friends, when you have introduced him even to your family [in short, ikinakahiya ka!]Evades healthy discussions of problems, buries them to eternity, and kisses and makes up [nothing is resolved]Does not listen when you fight; bombards you with insults even in your efforts to fix a problem, thus adding great insult to simple injuryDoes not want to get employed even if qualified and experienced; instead, wants to put up business and pressures you to produce capital for a business in his nameWelcomes his friends to your home and even to your bedroom w…

LechuGAYS Launching

Click the Picture for the Menu Date: April 19, 2009, Sunday
Time: 7:00am to 4:00pm
Place: Paseo de Sta. Rosa, Sta. Rosa, Laguna
Contact Person: John Baluyot
Contact No.: 0916 27 985 27

If you have any inquiries, you may contact John through the mobile no. above and his YM ID and e-mail:

Bi Ka Ba Talaga? Mmmm! Di Naman Eh!

Sa panahon ngayon, sobrang dami na ng bakla ang nagpapanggap na bi sa Pilipinas. At ang mas nakakalungkot pa dito ay meron talagang mangilan-ngilan na naniniwalang bi ka na basta hindi ka lang effem. Ok, para malinawan ang karamihan, eto ang mga palatandaan para malaman mo kung ano ka nga ba.

Ikaw ay:
Gay/Bakla - Kapag ikaw ay naaarouse sexually sa mga lalake, at lalake lang.
-Kung lalake lang ang tinitingnan mo kapag tumitingin ka ng porn sa internet.
-Kung puro nota lang ang gusto mo. Notes, notes, notes puro notes at walang boobs.
-Kung hindi ka naaarouse sexually sa katawan ng babae.
-Kung mas pipiliin mo pang magpenitensya at mapapako sa krus kahit tapos na ang mahal na araw kesa makipagsex sa babae.
*kahit na kasing laki pa ng bodybuilder ang katawan mo at kahit na kasing straight acting ka pa ni Robin Padilla, basta kasama ka sa mga nakalista sa sa taas ibig sabihin nun Girlash/Gay/Bakla ka.
Bi - Kung ikaw ay naaarouse sexually sa PAREHONG lalake at BABAE.
-Kung parehong babae at lalake…

Ang Kondisyon ng HIV at AIDS sa Pilipinas

Akda ni Marlon Lacsamana

Taong 1984 ng sa kauna-unahang pagkakataon ay mayroong naitala na Pilipino sa Philippine’s National AIDS Registry ng Department of Health (DOH). Mula noon, umaabot na sa 3,589 ang nakalista na may HIV hanggang Disyembre ng 2008. Sa bawat taon, patuloy ang pagtaas ng bilang ng mga taong nabubuhay na may HIV sa bansa. Kapansin-pansin din ang bilis ng pagdami ng mga kasong naitala sa kasalukuyang dekada kumpara noong dekada ’80s at ’90s. Mula 1984 hangang 1989 ay may kulang-kulang sa 50. Sa taong 1990 hangang 1992 mahigit 50 pero kulang sa 100 ang mga kaso sa loob ng taon. Sa taong 1993 hangang 2004, humihigit na sa 100 ang kaso. Sa taong 2006 mahigit 300 ang naitala. At sa 2008 mahigit 500. (NEC, 2008).

Tanggap na ngayon sa bansa na ang HIV ay hidden and growing. Ito ay isang pagtingin na mula na rin sa UNAIDS. Ang pagsusuring ito ay bag na sa dating paniniwala na mula lamang sa mga mosk at risk population (MARPs) – persons in prostitutions and their clients, male…

Book Review: The Trouble with Normal

Book Review on American English Professor Michael Warner's book "The Trouble with Normal". This post was written by RBP team member line of flight from Sampaloc Toc.

Michael Warner is a professor of English at Rutgers University. He is one of the founding thinkers in "queer theory" starting with his edited book Fear of a Queer Planet. When first published, The Trouble with Normal was seen as a response to Andrew Sullivan's book Virtually Normal and the move in sexual minority and dissident communities towards a stable LGBT identity community and same-sex marriage as the ultimate goal of such a community.

Until the 1990s, the U.S. did not have a clear and stable notion of an LGBT community -- there were transgender communities, gay communities, lesbian communities and some overlap. This is still true about a global LGBT community. This unifying of different groups of people into an LGBT community produced a unified political agenda. For Warner, this political …

The 2nd Anniversary Special (Part 1)

The Dan & Rye Show turns 2 today!

In this week's episode, Dan & Rye ask themselves:
Is this as good as it gets?

Listen up and pay attention. We have a special invitation towards the end.

"Let's talk about sex baby, let's talk about you and me."

It's official. I'm off to India around the second week of May to attend the Regional Institute on Sexuality, Society and Culture sponsored by New Delhi-based NGO Talking About Reproductive and Sexual Health Issues (TARSHI). You can view their website here.

The Regional Institute is one of TARSHI's programmes and is on its fifth year. Each year beginning 2004, TARSHI has put out a call for participants from South and Southeast Asia, 20 of whom, after a nomination, application and selection process, are brought together to go through eight days of learning and discussion with a focus on sexuality, gender and reproductive health. The topics that participants tackle include the relationship between sexuality and gender, sexuality and sexual and reproductive health, sexuality and pleasure, sexuality and rights, issues in sex work, sexuality and popular culture/representation.

It should go without saying that I am ecstatic over the prospect of taking part in this year's Regio…

Book Review: Straight to Jesus

Book Review on American Anthropology Professor Tanya Erzen's 2006 book "Straight to Jesus". This post was written by RBP team member line of flight from Sampaloc Toc.

Tanya Erzen is an American anthropologist and professor and identified herself as a "straight woman." She interviews and observes an ex-gay community south of San Francisco, California over the course of a year and does a bit of historical research of ex-gay faith communities, the media and political movements.

In the late 1990s, the religious right in the U.S. began heavily promoting ex-gays as a political maneuver to deny LGBT claims for anti-discrimination laws or equal protection under the law. The LGBT community responded with an attack on ex-gays -- the 1999 movie But I'm a Cheerleader is a classic example.

Yet, Enzer doesn't focus on either of these two opposing movements, the LGBT political movement or the religious right's political movement. Instead, she focuses on the suffering…

Book Review: How the Religious Right Shaped Lesbian and Gay Activism

Book Review on Canadian Sociology Professor Tina Fetner's 2008 book "How the Religious Right Shaped Lesbian and Gay Activism". This post was written by RBP team member line of flight from Sampaloc Toc.

Tina Fetner is a sociology professor in Canada and identified herself as a "straight woman." She reviewed documents from both the religious right and gay and lesbian sources and made a simple claim. The modern American LGBT movement was primarily shaped by the forces of the religious right. The religious right had better organization and way more money to contribute to opposing LGBT claims -- at least, how they saw those claims. This ended up, in LGBT organzing terms, putting significant resources and time into responding to that opposition, even if the area of battle was not a priority for the LGBT movement.

As has been discussed at length in other scholarship, until the religious right started organizing against the mild anti-discrimination laws the LGBT movement…

Cultivating The Sean Cody In All Of Us

*originally published on Can't You Read?, 17 Feb 2009
WARNING: Reader discretion is strongly advised.

I have a certain degree of admiration for Sean Cody. I will explain why, but first, let me introduce him to my readers who do not watch gay porn, by quoting parts of his auto-written profile on his website. Here goes:

"Who am I? Well, I am an average guy who just happens to have a love for the beauty of the male form. I'm actually very normal in most respects and when people meet me they can't believe I do this because I am very clean cut and I look very straight-laced.When I turned thirty I decided to start an adult website because I knew it was something I would enjoy. I had never even held a camcorder before and I didn't know what I was doing but I learned, mostly through trial and error.I have a lot of fun running this site and that's why I do it. I've met a lot of cool people and experienced a lot of things I otherwise wouldn't have. The hardest part…

Adam Lambert is my American Idol

This Maundy Thursday, I am making it official: Adam Lambert (who is shown kissing another guy in the delicious pic above) should now be declared as the new American Idol. The producers of the show should issue an advisory that after Adam's unparalleled rendition of the Tears for Fears classic Mad World on Tuesday night, they have no choice but to discontinue the show and just hand over the prize to Adam. Continuing the show will be a mere farce anyway. We all know that Adam will just kill it every week until he wins the title of 2009's American Idol. There is no reason to prolong what is inevitable.

The first time I saw Adam, I was intrigued by his musical theater background, eye liner, tight leather pants and black nail polish. I knew when I saw his audition that he would bring something special to the show. So far he has not disappointed me yet. Week after week, with his unique voice, matching good looks and his own interpretation of songs such as Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen, …


(another vampire addiction)

see pictures here:

April 8, 2009Thanks to Twilight, I've somehow developed a special liking to vampires. Well, it's not that I've actually met one (if there's even one in the first place). It's just kinda like...vampires somehow grew on me. LOLZ!I so still wanna have a vampire boyfriend.Anyway, just allow me to introduce you to Sookie. Sookie Stackhouse.Sookie is more like the "adult version" of Bella. She's the main character in the "Sookie Stackhouse Novels" (well, the name says it all) created by the genius, Charlaine Harris. Now, for those who are 16 years old and below, these books may not be for you since they kinda have some "adult" topics in it like sex and stuff. Just wait until you reach 18 or so.Going back...Sookie works as a cocktail waitress in Merlotte's, a local bar in Bon Temps which is …

40 Years of Pride: Pride is Power and Power is Pride

Thanks to my friend MJ for this video. This serves as a HOMOHISTORY 101 lesson to everyone. Enjoy the video and if you want to sing along, I posted the lyrics below.

PRIDE 2009
Music & lyrics by Jon Gilbert Leavitt

Silk top hats and button shoes, erotic tintypes, midnight cruise, Berlin gay society 1903
Sigmund Freud's Vienna's hype, identifies the homo-type, The Intermediate Sex and Heterodoxy
The gay wave moves across the sea, hello there Miss Liberty, Betty Boop is hot and hooch is out in the cold
Greenwich Village, Bloomsbury, gays in high society, Harlem nights, Chicago fights, Leopold and Loeb...

[CHORUS]: Pride, gotta have pride - we've been around too long to keep it inside.
Pride, can't sit back and watch from the side, pride is power and power is pride.
It's time to celebrate all the colors of the rainbow, get out into the streets, follow the tide...

The Captive hits the Broadway stage, The Fleet's In, Cadmus' all the rage, and The Well of Loneliness ap…