Gays, Lesbians & Transgenders in the Philippines – What to Expect


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Author: V. Reekay

About Me.. In 2011 I made the decision to move to the Philippines within a year. Since 2012 I’ve been traveling through various islands of the Philippines as a full-time Expat. (Mactan, Bohol, Panglao, Moalboal, Dumaguete, Bacong, Boracay, Cebu) I recently spent the year living in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

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  2. I just got two “gay” commercials while watching this video. You know YouTube is watching.

  3. There is much more political and social harmony in the PH as opposed to the US.

  4. 17:52 I think alike! That was a very interesting video! I read one of your articles about this topic.

  5. What about girls who live with another girl between western boyfriends. Are they really bisexual or do they just want to be unavailable to pinoys ?

  6. I feel exactly the way you do, let people live their life, they’re going to do what they’re going to do anyway. I believe that most of the people that are trying to control other people are hypocrites with skeletons in their closets.

  7. Good vid. There is so much more acceptance here & it’s very effeminate culture too possibly cuz lack of role models. My surprise was hearing the ” hey dadee, hey dadee” & ” hey joe ” directed at me from everyone ( m/fm, straights, twinks, etc.) Being #1 in social media/internet use I think may b why being conservative is fading in the Phils.

  8. Filipinos have always been more accepting of new and different ideas. The very first gay/lesbian movie characters I remember actually come from black and white Filipino movies. Also, even though they been frowned upon by some of the more conservative (older) generation (our grandparents), gays/lesbian culture in the Philippines have never been connected with any breakdown of morality or similar accusations.

  9. Sort of on-topic?……It has been my experience, that a lot of European/Western women who travel to Southeast Asia/Philippines don’t respect local cultures, especially at the beaches, in my experience, Filipino/Asian women (and throughout Southeast Asia) dress very very conservatively at the beach, they cover most of their body, (even in the bigger cities) yet Western women go topless or wear skimpy bathing suits at the beaches. If you watch carefully, the Local Asians (or Filipinos) are in shock and pretend it doesn’t matter or bother them (but it does)! but like you said, they don’t say anything. I find this very disrespectful when visiting other people’s countries (not following the local customs). Yet, in my experience (in most cases), they knowingly and blankly disrespect their cultures even if everyone else is dressed differently!….btw….enjoyed the video and my own experiences when arriving in the PH!

  10. Reekay, I feel the same as you do on this. I have met some very good and decent gays and have never had a one of them try to push their ideas on me. Like you said live and let live. Good topic and glad you brought it up because I see by some of the comments that some of the ones looking at the Philippines did not know how open it is over there. I have been there 4 times and am getting ready to go back and semi retire there.

  11. If you are living in California and not seeing this you are living in a bubble. As far as the Philippines goes, if you are not open to alternate lifestyles then for sure Manila is not the place for you. You will see it prominently on prime time programming. If you are getting a haircut it is more than likely going to be by a bakla. However, in my opinion, I do not think this should deter one from visiting the Philippines. The friendly and good natured attitude of Filipinos in general do not make this an issue. They do not push their lifestyles on you. If you are respectful and treat everyone there the way you want to be treated you will not have any problems. But the fact is, things are definitely changing in the Philippines.

  12. You know what thats exactly what I always say. If you want a traditional modest filipina, you need someone in the province at least 30 or above. Other than that, the majority of them are not traditional anymore. Not at all!! Many of the girls in the large cities are starting to adopt western feminists thinking. Entitled, snobby, bad attitude, strong and independent, dont need a man blah blah

  13. Reekay , when they have Gay Pride Parades in Philippines do they go out of their way to be offensive? Do they show disrespect to religious icons knowing full well they are being offensive? Do they behave in a way that would be unacceptable in any other public venue? Do they wave banners that are purposefully antagonistic to other groups like “conservatives” “religious right wingers” or institutions like The Catholic Church? Do they mock, ridicule and attack organizations like The Boy or Girl Scouts? Or well meaning religious organizations that offer counseling on services and resources available to pregnant women in an effort to dissuade them from having abortions? I have seen this type of behavior at just about every Gay Pride Parade I’ve ever witnessed in The US since the 1970’s and they have gotten progressively worse .

  14. 40 years ago my Political Science professor announced to the class that if anyone could satisfactorily define what conservative and liberal meant by the next class meeting , he would give them an A+ and they could take the rest of the semester off. No one met that challenge. The ensuing discussions were fascinating and eye opening to say the least. At no time did I or anyone else in the class that I knew of , ever have the foggiest idea of what the mans personal political views were. That was Political science 40 years ago.

  15. I’m glad you brought this topic. Before I visited the Philippines or met my fiancée in person, I thought Philippines was staunchly conservative. I got that impression from Filipino coworkers who were religious, either Catholic, Seventh Day Ad, or regular Protestants, which all spoke about same sex couples and lady boys in negative light. When I visited the Philippines, especially the parts I visited (Cebu City, Bohol and Panglao) as conservative leaning. Like you said, the Filipino mentality is live and let live, they tolerate so much. In my Fiancée’s family they have a few gay and lesbian cousins. And I can see why the girls at a young age would turn lesbian. You see plenty of single moms, and they seem hopeless. If you have a kid, no man is paying attention to you. In Manila, I do notice people there are more liberal, and acceptance of a liberal culture.

  16. I met many Ladyboys, and Gays in the philippines. It got to the point I could not tell if some girls were lady boys. I started to “Just ask” any girl i talked to.

  17. Hi Reekay! I’m a conservative and I respect everyone’s choice when it comes to their sexuality. Grew up with gay cousins in family and had gay friends before. I do draw a line when children as young as kinder and primary school age are introduced by the school system to these alternate sexual lifestyle ideas. Not sure you have discussed this previously; but appears sometimes a lesbian couple will start scamming an online relationship with a foreigner for money. Do you think that’s a big issue in there?

  18. Hello Reekay, Good Video. Do you ever see gay couples with large age gaps like you see with straight couples?

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