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FF Podcast 74 (Audio): Caitlyn Jenner and Irish Equality


FF Podcast 74: Caitlyn Jenner and Irish Equality

This week, we talk about Caitlyn Jenner coming out as a transgender woman. We also talk about the recent Irish referendum that legalized marriage equality. We discuss how a similar referendum would fare in the Philippines.

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FF Podcast 74: Caitlyn Jenner and Irish Equality


This week, we talk about Caitlyn Jenner coming out as a transgender woman. We also talk about the recent Irish referendum that legalized marriage equality. We discuss how a similar referendum would fare in the Philippines.

You may also download the podcast file here.

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FF Podcast 67 (Audio): Freedom to Discriminate?


FF Audio Podcast 67: Freedom to Discriminate?

This week we talk about an Indiana state law that has effectively allowed discriminating against anyone for religious reasons.

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FF Podcast 67: Freedom to Discriminate?


This week we talk about an Indiana state law that has effectively allowed discriminating against anyone for religious reasons.

You may also download the podcast file here.

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FF Podcast 63 (Audio): Paint Their Hands Black?


FF Podcast 63: Paint their hands black?

Is it censorship if the creator the advertisement itself blacks out part of the image? This week, we talk about the Bench billboard that showed a “sanitized” image of a gay couple holding hands.

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FF Podcast 63: Paint Their Hands Black?


This week, we talk about the Bench billboard that showed a gay couple holding hands and how it was censored.

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FF Podcast 53 (Audio): Is the Church More LGBT-Friendly Now?


FF Podcast 53 - Is the Church More LGBT-Friendly Now?

The Catholic Church recently held a synod and discussed how they treat LGBT members. This week, we talk about whether it’s all PR or if there has been real change.

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FF Podcast 53: Is the Church More LGBT-Friendly Now?


The Catholic Church recently held a synod and discussed how they treat LGBT members. This week, we talk about whether it’s all PR or if there has been real change.

You may also download the podcast file here.

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Join the Freethinkers at this Saturday’s Pride March!


It’s the most colorful time of the year again, and the Filipino Freethinkers will definitely be there! Join the FF contingent at the LGBT Pride March, held this year in Malate, Manila. FF will be marching for those who live in countries that openly oppress its LGBT communities.

Just look for the Filipino Freethinkers’ contingent in Remedios Circle, or contact 09273233532. You can’t miss our huge-ass tarp and placards! Forward, march!

Registration & Assembly: 1:00pm to 2:30pm (Remedios Circle)
Parade: 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Program: 5:30pm to 7:00pm (Orosa – Nakpil, Malate)

Please register via this link: http://tinyurl.com/StrengthInColors

If you can, bring donations for the Yolanda relief operations, which may be in cash or in kind. Hygiene kits, in particular, are highly needed. Donations will be received during the event by Amnesty International representatives.

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I Chose to Be Gay


Yes, I chose to be gay. Now before you accuse me of ignorance or political incorrectness, and lecture me on how dangerous and irresponsible this statement is, please hear what I have to say. Consider this my second “coming out.”

An overwhelming majority of the literature I’ve come across with claim that I did not choose this life. Why would I, if all it brings is suffering? Lady Gaga has honored my tribe by singing to the world that I was “born this way.” But the people on the other side of the table claim that it is a political strategy. This is the minority who claim that no one is born gay, that being gay is an option.

I have read enough material, and have debated with enough people to say that both camps have valid and invalid arguments. However, I don’t like the idea of other people speaking on my behalf. So, like any freethinking individual driven by critical analysis and introspection, I had to evaluate my own personal experience in order to answer the question: “Was I born this way or did I choose to be gay?”

Obviously, it was not an easy question to answer as it required that I knew exactly what made me “gay.” Is it the fact that I am attracted to men? Is it that I act upon this attraction and have sex with men? If I am only attracted to men but do not act upon the attraction, does it make me “less gay?” The exercise raised more questions than answers. But the more questions I had to confront, the more I was convinced. I chose to be gay.

It was one summer night when I made the choice. I had just gone on a date as a “confused” teenager with another guy. I was 18. Lying in bed, staring at the ceiling, I thought of the possible consequences of my actions. I thought about what it would take for me to choose that path. I thought of what to say to my family. And after sorting out my thoughts and my feelings, I was no longer confused. At that precise moment in my life, I had made a choice. I thought to myself, “Yes, I am gay. And yes, I’m gonna do this!” He eventually became my first boyfriend. It was a result of my choice.

I could have chosen a different path. I could have chosen to dump him and raise a heteronormative family. He would have become part of a “phase” that I “experimented” with. Perhaps the world might have never known about that lovely skeleton in my closet. I would, most likely, still be attracted to men, because that is one part of me that I didn’t choose. But other than that, I could be showing all signs of being straight, in all its manly glory. Would my “straightness” then be questioned because of my remaining attraction to men? This raises the question, “What makes you straight?” Attraction alone is definitely not what makes me gay. The totality of my being gay today is a result of innate traits and conscious choices I made along the way.

This could easily turn into a debate over definitions. And this debate will surely continue even after both camps reach a conclusion. I doubt that bigots will cease to be bigots if we find conclusive proof that Lady Gaga is right. Sure, some of us did not choose this. But so what if some of us did? If I choose to love another man and not a woman, what logical, rational, scientific explanation do you have to say that it is the wrong choice for me?

Again, this is my personal experience. It may not apply to other gay people out there. But for people like me, the discussion will no longer be about whether it was a choice or not. It will be about why the choice should not even be a topic of discussion.

Yes, I chose to be gay. And that should be okay!

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FF Podcast (Audio) 019: Same-Sex Couple Property Rights and Teaching Superstitions


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This week, we talk about Congressman Grex Lagman’s proposed bill that would recognize the property rights of same-sex couples. Then, we talk about superstitions and the consequences of teaching them to children.

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FF Podcast (Audio) 011: Pinoy Racism and LGBT Rights


Margie, Red and Pepe host Filipino Freethinkers Podcast Episode 11
Margie, Red, and Pepe are back for episode 11 of the Filipino Freethinkers Podcast. This week, we talk about racism in Filipino culture. Then we take a closer look at the claim that LGBT rights “trample” on the rights of religious people.

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FF Podcast 011: Pinoy Racism and LGBT Rights


Margie, Red and Pepe host Filipino Freethinkers Podcast Episode 11
Margie, Red, and Pepe are back for episode 11 of the Filipino Freethinkers Podcast. This week, we talk about racism in Filipino culture. Then we take a closer look at the claim that LGBT rights “trample” on the rights of religious people.

You may also download the podcast file here.

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YES to Safe Spaces for the LGBT


1012301_528014567258922_978587850_nAs LGBT allies, we, the Filipino Freethinkers, strive to maintain an environment where no one will be discriminated for their gender or sexuality — a #safespace — in our meetups and other events, as well as online.

We acknowledge the equal rights of all human beings, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity and expression (SOGIE). As such, our community welcomes and promotes the acceptance of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgenders, and persons of other non-heteronormative gender or sexual identities.

We denounce prejudice, intolerance, hate, and violence against these people, and condemn the use of religion to justify the denial of their rights. We stand against homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia — attitudes based on ignorance, perpetuated by bigotry.

We shall continue our advocacy to raise awareness and understanding of gender and sexuality by facilitating and engaging in meaningful discussions using reason and science.

We also support the legislation and implementation of a nationwide anti-discrimination law and similar local government ordinances, as well as policies in schools, workplaces, commercial establishments, and other places.

We are one with LGBT rights activists and advocates in making our country a place where everyone is equal and free to live and be happy.

Let’s create a SAFE Philippines.

 

Check out the events lined up for UP Pride Week here.

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