Do “Equality Advocates” Really Need a Line?

There are currently so many online advocates fighting for this and that. They want freedom for gays, freedom from the moral tyranny of the church, freedom from religion, freedom from reclamation projects, etc. Lately, there’s this fad on Facebook profile pics being replaced with a red equal sign — said to represent equality for LGBTs (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transsexual). They act based on the idea that LGBT remains a marginalized sector of Philippine society.

red_equal_sign_cocaineHowever, I believe that many of those who participate in “gay equality” movements belong to a class of people who like going to Starbucks and need to sport their iPhones and designer clothes and bags. Some of them are already members of high society, some the “trying hard” to be high society (as in, they couldn’t afford the iPhone, but get in debt just to have it); but you get what I mean.

Basically, some of the LGBT people live comfortable lives, and it can make one wonder why they are considered marginalized. They probably go to snazzy bars and dance the night away (and do another kind of dance). And from what I heard, they may even be using illegal drugs.

I want to revisit a controversy which seemed to demonstrate the dysfunctions of Filipino high society. That was in 2008, when Australian Brian Gorrell posted in his blog that a former Filipino boyfriend, DJ Montano, swindled him of $70,000. But what also raised hairs what that the Filipino high society people he mentioned, later called the ‘Gucci Gang,’ were using cocaine. And all that while being freeloaders. And since Gorrell and Montano were gay, what does this mean”¦ perhaps other affluent people in the LGBT community are cocaine users (and freeloaders). There is good reason to believe that illegal drug use is widespread among the “high society” in this country, even to this day.

Some high society bloggers at the time said that freedom of speech should be questioned because of bloggers like Gorrell. Oh? So if someone (especially a foreigner) finally reveals the dust that Filipinos try to sweep under the rug, they cry foul (look no further than this example of another Australian slamming the misguided Filipino reaction after the Bus Hostage Crisis). Filipinos seem so afraid of losing face that they deflect the issue to cover up their own failings.

It would seem that Gorrell’s mistake, for this part, was getting involved with Filipinos. I mean, those who tend to get banned at certain shops in other countries because they are frequently caught shoplifting, or when they increase in number in a certain place, they teach jaywalking to the locals (Hong Kong). But I digress.

Would you put your trust in people who may be using this?
Would you put your trust in people who may be using this?

Signs show that this drug use is still prevalent today. Lately, I saw some celebrated social media advocates openly mention wanting a dose of illegal drugs, using the underground drug jargon. So, it seems that some “freedom advocates” are likely demonstrating hypocrisy, by saying they want their way to make the country better followed, but later go to bars at night to “sniff a line” (Benign0 explains what it is, click here). It’s hard to believe that they are part of a marginalized group, when they themselves are “privileged” to have access to cocaine, and likely other illegal drugs.

So that’s what freedom is all about? Freedom to promote wrongdoing? Freedom to live irresponsibly?

These people curse the Church and blame it for oppressing them. But at night, they go to bars to sniff lines? The Church would be right to go after them.

No wonder the Philippines remains Asia’s Sick Man.

The “line-sniffing,” spoiled-brat class needs to get its act together, and get out of its “affluenza.”

Kickout Discrimination?

Another item which is somewhat related is the expulsion of a Filipino transgender student from California Baptist University. Domainlor Cabading (what a name) was expelled after it was discovered that he was actually male at birth. Cabading filed a case claiming discrimination by the school for his expulsion.

I believe this is not discrimination because: 1. The university is Baptist (conservative), don’t expect it to be sympathetic to transgenders, gays, and similar, and it likely considers your gender at birth as your gender for life; 2. Checking “female” when you’re actually “male” (given that there is no sex change or supporting documents) is tantamount to lying. Lying is a strong ground for expulsion.

It’s also not clear what kind of “transgender” Cabading is. The news articles use the female pronoun to refer to Cabading. However, there seems to be no mention of a sex-change operation, and no appropriate papers seem presented to prove that he can be considered female already. It seems he just wants the world to accept him as female. I wonder if that’s another effect of “affluenza.”

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I stick with this blog because I believe, as my cohorts do, that many things Filipino embrace as part of their culture keep their society backward. And blogging freely to show that in a truly decent society, with true freedom of speech, even nobodies have a voice.

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I stick with this blog because I believe, as my cohorts do, that many things Filipino embrace as part of their culture keep their society backward. And blogging freely to show that in a truly decent society, with true freedom of speech, even nobodies have a voice.

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Jaime Veridune
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There is a notion of some gay men in the country being swindlers and/or “ATM’s”. I remember one time, I had a friend who asked me a certain amount of money because he has a debt to some guy because this used-to-be friend of mine borrowed money from that man. But I was naive and I didn’t even asked how urgent the payment he has to make. So I gave something to him from my savings. That was four years ago, and four figures to me is considerably big even up to now. I wouldn’t expect for that person to… Read more »
Felpe
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In the Philippines where unemployment is so high, mutual exploitation between gays and straight men (particularly those who are penniless and desperate) may be common. Gays take advantage of these men, and these men, conversely, take advantage of gays—As one gay celebrity said “Walang baklang pangit sa lalaking nagigipit.”

Carlita's Way
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Whether gay people admit it or not, they do struggle with so many emotional issues which tend to cloud their judgement.

Legati
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> Way
So does a lot of Penay I know.

Jankupal Madrosos
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Parang ikaw hahahaha

benign0
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The way we personally feel about homosexuality need not necessarily extend to the way we should regard homosexuals. Homosexuality is a condition. A homosexual is a person. A condition and a person are two different concepts and shouldn’t be muddled together into a blanket judgment imposed on other people. The way we personally feel about a condition does not necessarily make justifiable feeling the same way about a person to whom said condition is inherent. I can’t pretend to be a big fan of male homosexuality for the simple reason that I’d rather not harbour an overly graphic picture in… Read more »
Legati
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I don’t care about their lifestyle. In US what they are fighting is their civil rights for the most part the same benefits with traditional heterosexual contracts.

gersky arellano
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Gays, lesbians, drugs are here to stay no matter what.Just enforce the necessary laws applicable to any given condition and let’s hope for the best of society.

Sev
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You people are in a different world. Just because some of the LGBT community live comfortable lives, it doesnt mean that they somehow lose the right to equality. That is so fucking stupid, and what the hell does any of that have to with drugs. You have really revealed your small-mindedness.

joeld
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“…..that they somehow lose the right to equality.”

LGBTs are treated equally already. They get discriminated exactly the same as straight people in the Philippine society.

Dude
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@Sev

Who are you referring to when you say “You people”? I hope you are not assuming that this article is GRP’s collective stand on LGBT community. This is just one writer’s opinion. Wag ka mang-lahat.

Kilala mo ba si Carlos Celdran? What did he mean by “I need a line” on his Facebook update? I hope he wasn’t talking about his cocaine fix. Bad influence talaga yun sa young kids.

CardCaptorSakura
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“Basically, some of the LGBT people live comfortable lives, and it can make one wonder why they are considered marginalized. They probably go to snazzy bars and dance the night away (and do another kind of dance). And from what I heard, they may even be using illegal drugs.” I don’t agree that just because someone lives a comfortable life means they are not marginalized. I guess it wouldn’t be too much of a chore to look around and try to see how people perceive the LGBT community in the Philippines. In the United States, the term “fag” is highly… Read more »
WinterSoldier
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You’re totally wrong. Your comment is riddled with EMOTIONS.

WinterSoldier
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Just ask Chino himself, not me. At IKAW ang troll dahil panay personal attacks ka lang and you have nothing to contribute.

Revelation21:8
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Hit him hard. You’re a good sniper bro…

Hector Gamboa
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God made Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve. Now here comes the flame! 🙂 hehehe No but seriously, I am for equal rights. I think gays and lesbians should not be discriminated against just like how people should not get discriminated based on race or creed. But is there a huge discrimination against the gays and lesbians in our society such as in jobs or other opportunities? I’m not so sure. The red equal sign flooding Facebook right now, I believe, is about the current US Supreme Court deliberation on same-sex marriage. Supporters of the “equality” movement would like… Read more »
WinterSoldier
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The real LOSER here is the one who made useless, vile and disgusting things like… attack the PERSON and not the message.

Pangalan pa lang, BOBO na. 🙂

WinterSoldier
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Sorry, but I’m a different person. IKAW nga diyan ang autistic dahil sa mga troll comments mo.

See that? Ang EMO ay BOB.

WinterSoldier
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Sensya na, ang tunay na autistic ay ung puro personal attacks lang ang ginawa and always resort to emotional outburts than logical thinking.

Sino kaya ang autistic? IKAW lang naman iyon e.

Liaa Francisco
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I really regard this post as highly offensive to the LGBT community. Why is there a need to link LGBT with posers and drugs? Straight people do them just as much, or even more, than how gay people would. Straight people can also get so addicted to alcohol, multiple sex partners, drugs, gambling, violence and the like. So why concentrate these things with LGBT? Clearly, the writer of this article is stuck during the times the self righteous Prayles reigned our country. Why shouldnt there be a need for gender equality? Discrimination is prevalent everywhere, to heterosexuals and the not.… Read more »
joeld
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What’s all the fuss about being gay anyway? It’s just like driving a RHD vehicle where generally the other vehicles are LHD. Still the same as other vehicles travelling the road, getting to where they need to go, avoiding accidents and follwing the same set of rules and regulations as the other LHD vehicle drivers. What LGBTs are asking for is their own freaking lane!!!?? Hey it’s not our fault you drive a LHD vehicle, what’s with the special lane?

Miguel
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It would be so unfair to generalize that members of the LGBTQ community are drug users and live “comfortable lives”. Would it be fair to say that all heterosexual individuals are drug users since it has been seen in the news that some members of that community use drugs? To judge a person, regardless of sexual orientation, based on stereotypes is also unfair. A person’s character isn’t defined by what phone he or she is holding or what drink is he or she sipping. It takes more that those little things. There are so many issues that the LGBTQ community… Read more »
Athena
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The recent support of equal rights, depicted by the profile pictures of red and the equal sign, is a due to the subject of gay marriages currently being discussed in the SC of the US. The lifestyle of a certain group of people does not disqualify them of the right to marriage, just because some homosexuals snort coke doesn’t mean they can’t marry. Hell, there is a long list heterosexual drug abuse, does that mean heterosexuals forfeit the right to marriage? Your entire article is based on your personal distaste for homosexuals, which is clearly shown by how you point… Read more »
Athena
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*Ruled

Athena
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*is due to the subject of gay marriages currently being discussed in the SC of the US.

LA702
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@ Chino F

For somebody who introduces himself as a former TV news producer and writer, aspiring artist and writer, weird and outcast of the highest order, I think your article gives the impression of a writer who is too naive and lost in the 21st century culture. @ Chino F, how was the world in the 1920’s?

Hector Gamboa
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This article and the discussions here got my interest on the relationship between homosexuality and drug use/abuse. Apparently, Chino’s take may have some basis, afterall. What do you guys think?

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/drug-use-seven-times-higher-among-gays-8165971.html

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3266145

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2589133

http://www.michaelshouse.com/featured-articles/drug-abuse-gay-nightlife/

Athena
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So what does drug among homosexuals got to do with same sex marriage?

Hector Gamboa
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What does gay drug use got to do with same-sex marriage? None. But that’s not what my issue was on Chino’s article. My issue was more towards why the government even has to stick it’s nose into something it shouldn’t have any business with in the first place, like marriage. Gays can marry their fellow gays for all I care. The other thing that Chino seemed to imply in his article was drug use amongst the gay community. I think the relationship was (and Chino, correct me if I’m wrong) that many of these gays use drugs… drugs are expensive…… Read more »
Athena
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*Drug use

Athena
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[So, yes, it’s Cabading’s right to live according to his “delusion,” but it’s also his right to deal with the consequences of such.]

The consequence of being discriminated. You already said it yourself.

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