Monday, February 23, 2009

On "The Annoying Gay factor"

Here's the full article as seen in my Rainbow Bloggers conribution:

Jay Brannan talked about "The Annoying Gay factor" in his blog:

Q. the big annoying GAY factor: why do you hate being called a "gay" singer-songwriter, or being told you write "gay" songs, or always being asked to participate in gay-themed activities, etc.?

A. it's 2009. i think it's time that everyone, the "gay community" included, allow gay people to take their place in the world as real people, rather than continuing to be defined and separated by their sexual orientation. i want the freedom to be myself, unafraid and uncensored, without having to market myself based on a sexual orientation, or attaching that sexual orientation to my name as a title.

in recent years, an entire industry has developed around "being gay" -- ...most of these entities are built around cheesy, outdated and cliché ideas of what it means to be "gay," what gay people want, what is "sexy," or what sells.

...i don't want my album or the films i'm in to be in the "gay section" of a music or video store. i think having a gay section at the video store is the same as asking black people to drink from a different water fountain, or to sit at the back of the bus. why can't films with gay characters be classified with all the other dramas, or comedies, or horror? "gay" shouldn't BE a genre.

Does labeling ourselves "gay" work against the acceptance of homosexuality in society? Is it actually, in a way, self-discriminatory?

I don't have all the answers, but this much I believe:

The power of a word

In Semiotics, we are taught the power of the word. Naming actions, people, thoughts etc. is, in a way, acknowledging their existence or significance.

It's a very simple matter. We label ourselves as "gay" (or lesbian, bi, or transgender) because by doing so we acknowledge the reality of our sexuality.

As for things (songs and movies in the case of Jay Brannan's blog) we label them as "gay" to attach those "sexual realities" to such things.

Hence, for example, people would be inclined to call "Jay" as a "Gay Indie film". We could stop at calling it "Indie", but most would add the label "Gay" just so to specifically connote that the film discusses gay issues or that it is about gay people, etc etc (though of course the story is SO much more than the character's sexuality)

Likewise, for people, I for one could just label myself as a blogger though I'd be more inclned to add the "gay" label because: (1) I am gay; (2) I blog about stuff that is of the homosexual inclination.

"We are not like you"

In the opening of Zsazsa Zaturnnah, Ada says, "Ako si Ada, isang bakla... Yun lang!"

However, bakit walang nagpapakilala ng, "Ako si Baldo, straight."?

Jay Brannan adds:

the bottom line is this: we're all basically the same and go through the same things, and pronouns and gender have nothing to do with that. if you can't see through pronouns in a song, you're....well, kind of stupid. i have never had trouble relating to a man singing about a woman, or a woman sing about a man. people are people. don't be so simple-minded. it's a trap that both gay & straight people fall into, and it strengthens the childish and ridiculous boundaries between all people for whatever minor differences we may have.

Growing up, I always knew I was different. I didn't know yet that "gay" was the term for my "being different". It wasn't until I had crushes on my classmates (I went to an all boys school) that I knew I was gay.

But even then I never felt like there was something wrong with me. I always felt like I was like everybody else, I felt that I was normal. That is until the guidance councilors called me in and told me otherwise.

We live in a heteronormative society: largely Catholic which calls homosexuality as a sin.

And I guess that has to do with the obsession of labeling everything as "gay": to say that something does not go by the norm of sexuality; to warn the "normal people" that something is not for them, at para tawagin ang mga kabaro at sabihing "Ito ay para sa atin"

It is like raising a red flag saying "we are not like you"

In effect, this simple coining of terms not only classifies but also defines the labeled name and most importantly SETS IT APART from the norm.

"In your face"

The LGBT community is definitely more visible and more well-represented compared to the Philippines. They are more socially and politically active and aggressive which is probably why Brannan takes this stand.

But things are a bit different here in the Philippines. We are not well-represented by the media (and often misrepresented pa). In a country that is still very much conservative (though probably more lenient) there are those who still shy away from the "gay" label due to stereotypes and the ever-looming social judgment.

Yes, we do not have to flaunt our sexuality nor let it define who we are and what we do. But personally, I feel that we will remain unheard if we don't shout it out. The "normal people" will forget we exist and fail to recognize that gays are also people unless we plaster our sexuality and our reality into their faces.

So if it works against our assimilation, why still do it?

...because it brings people like us together...

...because with our fathomless empathy, it rallies us to a common cause...

And most importantly, because we have pride.

Because we have the balls to be different!!!

The reality is, there will always be labels. Whether homosexuality becomes accepted is NOT totally dependent on the labels. It's not the label that has got to change, it's the attitude towards the word.


Who is Jay Brannan?

Jay Brannan is (in his own words):

a singer/songwriter living in new york city, and i'm as tragic as i look in the above photo.
He is known for this REALLY wonderful song:

He's appeared in the much-raved-about "Shortbus" by James Cameron Mitchell (Yes, the same dude who's wrote the brilliant 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch')

He was also in that horrible movie that tries (that's the key word right there) so hard to be artistic, "Holding Trevor" (Haven't seen it? Not a big loss, believe me)

Sunday, February 22, 2009

REVIEW: RuPaul's Drag Race

Imagine the two gay-est reality shows:

America's Next Top Model

and Project Runway

mashed up into one!And to make it more colorful, let's ditch the models, ditch the seamstresses and instead put in a handful of drag queens with attitude to boot and what do you get?

RuPaul's DRAG RACE!!!

After reading much about this show on the net, I was finally able to find a torrent and download the latest 3 episodes of this FABULOUS show.

I know, I know, the concept is a bit of a rip-off, (RuPaul hosts the search for the next International Drag Superstar) but the way RuPaul hosts it is just so fucking hilarious! He "impersonates Tim Gunn during challenge days and Tyra during judgment days! And always, ALWAYS, with that sassy flavor only REAL gay men can conjure!

I feel, though, that the production is lacking in some aspects.

For one, unlike Top Model, the show lacks a bit of credibility from the lectures/workshops given to the aspiring models. Instead of going out the studio and learning about on real-life drag lessons, RuPaul subjects the ladies to improptu-what's-that-shit-for? type of challenges.

Also, unlike Project Runway, the challenges needs fine-tuning and direction so that they cross from being merely entertaining to being actually relevant.

I just hope the producers would have realized these and take care of it by the coming episodes.

BUT the most interesting aspect of the show are the contestants themselves! They got pretty interesting stories and characters and they are just so entertaining when put against each other!

Here they are:

1. Shannel (aka Bryan, 29)

She's a Las Vegas show queen. Just look at those eyes, very FIERCE!!! She's REALLY competitive. she demonstrates being a bit piushy and a bit of a know-it-all. Shining moment in Ep 3 when she gets a major wardrobe malfunctio while lipsynching "The Greatest Love of all"

2. Nina Flowers (aka Jorge Flores

As a man, Jorge is scary... the tatoos are just such a wild statement... BUT as a drag queen she's FIERCE. Unlike the other contestants, Nina is edgy... a bit surreal and frightening... yet fascinating. HOWEVER, Jorge's accent, I feel, hinders Nina from being a well rounded performer... Shining moment in Ep1 when she made fabulous outfit as part of the "DIma-a-drag" challenge

3. Rebecca Glasscock (aka Javier, 26)

Her weapon: Beauty! YEss, the dude is one pretty little chic! and he's not a bad looker as well as a dude! OK, I'm crushing on a drag queen, but REALLY, he's HOTT

4. Ongina (aka Ryan)

I personally find his name choice a bit distasteful... ugh! yuck! And as a drag queen, she doesn't look much of a girl, with the sahved head and the tattooed arms... no! She looks really weird to me in drag... But one thing this Asian sister has is a lot of attitude, personality, and talent! and just for that, I adore her! Shining moment in Ep3 when she hits the ramp with a really edgy clack fur/frilled dress... Still looks weird but the attitude and the personality really pay off!

5. Victoria Porkchop Parker (aka Victor, 39 - how original!)

I love that she's a heavy-weight sugar momma. SHe's been doing this for 21 years!! (almost as old as I am). Love how the man channels his inner queen through Victoria. She's fun but got eliminated on the 1st Ep, too bad!

6. Akashia (aka Eric 24)

Now she is one NASTY BITCH! Uhum, she's been dissin' people and givin' all sorts of attitude since Day 1. BITCH BITCH BITCH! She's ugly as a man and even uglier as a woman. She's just so full of herself that she fails to shine and/or entertain...

7. Tammie Brown (aka Keith, 28)

She is such a character! OK I admit in drag she's WEIRD and as a man, she's even WEIRDER. But I love that he transforms into a 30's inspired, Bette Davis-like, awkward and conservative woman... She's quirky... but I think the show is a bit out of her league... She's just too niche.

8. Jade (aka David, 24)

He makes a mighty damn FINE woman; and she transforms into one handsome and delicious MAN!!! Just look at her.. and look at him! argh! drool-worthy... She's yet to display what she can do and what she's all about. Thus far, all I know is that she makes pretty HOTT dancer, she's got killer abs...a nd in Ep3, she displays a REALLY BIG package (despite the TUCK!!!)

9. Bebe Zahara Benet (aka *didn't catch his REAL name* but he's 29)

Much like Tammie, she too is a character (less all the weirdness). She's the drag queen who makes faces when performing and then suddenly just turns REAL ferosh on the runway... She just might be in the running for the finals!

All in all, I find this show REALLY entertaining. I do hope it gets shown here in the Philippines. With Bebe Gandanghari paving the way, I feel like the Filipinos are ready for this... Now if only teh show has substance.... hmmmm.

On the emerging Gay Indie Filmmakers

Recently read this in The Bakla Review about his thoughts on the new gay indie movie, "Sagwan":

The irony is that the milieu is the only aspect of the movie that feels true. The story and characters fashioned around it have a corny synthetic flavor.

We should be used to it by now. From miners in Baguio to snatchers in Quiapo to caretakers of lighthouses, many of our filmmakers are not very concerned about realistic depictions of people’s lives as they merely use the surface to project the usual gay fantasies. In Sagwan, when boatmen begin the day by gathering their boats in one place, we barely get the details of their routine, but we do get ample shots of their shirtless torsos. Am I complaining? Not really. It’s a genre of acquired taste: the unrealistic sexy movie. Just because there’s no substance doesn’t mean there’s no fun. Other genres are guilty of the same sin.
Very well said! I cannot agree more!!!

After seeing a handful of gay indie films (with the hope of finding a masterpiece) I am finally losing hope of finding that one true movie that will REALLY blow me away (with the exception of "Jay" of course)

I admit, I'm no connoisseur, but I'd like to think that my 4-year education on broadcast media has at least given me a fair amount of knowledge on good story-telling in audio and video. And frankly I feel that the emerging filmmakers are simply self-absorbed in their notions that they are somehow creating "art"...

I am also overwhelmed with disgust how one gay indie screenwriter flaunts himself as some sort of intellectual in the gay community when his writing skills and his morals are nothing but base to say the least (those who know me well would know WHO this egotistical writer is)

Hmmmm... Maybe I'll try to write a review of the all wasted 150 pesos spent on Indie Cine's crappy gay indies in the future...

Homophobic Homosexuals @ RBP

After doing the Gay for Pay episode, Tyra Banks brings in the controversy once more and featured homophobic homosexuals on the show.

Yes, she invited openly gay individuals to talk about their likewise very open disgust on homosexuality.

One of them wants to be straight by the time he's 30! Another is sooooo afraid of gay people! One even got married to his best friend but still fools around with guys! and the last guests is just so f*cking HOTT I don't even care what issues he's got!

In my latest contribution to Rainbow Bloggers I try to debunk the guests' reasons for hating homosexuality and try t explore the causes of this disturbing state of mind. Also I dabble a little bit on how such cases are also very much alive here in the Philippines.

Read all about it in my latest contribution to Rainbow Bloggers! wee!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

On "The Annoying Gay Factor" @ RBP

Jay Brannan talked about "The Annoying Gay factor" in his blog:

Q. the big annoying GAY factor: why do you hate being called a "gay" singer-songwriter, or being told you write "gay" songs, or always being asked to participate in gay-themed activities, etc.?

A. it's 2009. i think it's time that everyone, the "gay community" included, allow gay people to take their place in the world as real people, rather than continuing to be defined and separated by their sexual orientation. i want the freedom to be myself, unafraid and uncensored, without having to market myself based on a sexual orientation, or attaching that sexual orientation to my name as a title.

in recent years, an entire industry has developed around "being gay" -- ...most of these entities are built around cheesy, outdated and cliché ideas of what it means to be "gay," what gay people want, what is "sexy," or what sells.

...i don't want my album or the films i'm in to be in the "gay section" of a music or video store. i think having a gay section at the video store is the same as asking black people to drink from a different water fountain, or to sit at the back of the bus. why can't films with gay characters be classified with all the other dramas, or comedies, or horror? "gay" shouldn't BE a genre.

Does labeling ourselves "gay" work against the acceptance of homosexuality in society? Is it actually, in a way, self-discriminatory?


Read more about it @ Rainbow Blogers Philippines here

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

REVIEW: Carlo Vergara's Zsa Zsa Zaturnnah Ze Muzicalara's (Feb 14, 2009 show)

I just got home from the best Vdate ever!!!

Bebi and I Zsa Zsa Zaturnnah Ze Muzical! and it was amazing!!! I LAAAAV EEET!!!

Bebi even bought me the soundtrack, the poster and the souvenir program which Carlo Vergara himself signed!!! Yes he was there and I was actually able to exchange a few lines with him before going back inside the theater!!!

Okay I know I'm totally geeking out...

Here's some of the major points why I love Zaturnnah:

1. The Cast: you can just feel the energy from the performers and you know that they are having a blast as well.

Didi (played by Nar Cabico) was the BEST... I love his character, really sassy and witty and VERY entertaining... the performer himself also feels like he's soo into the character that the energy was just so infectious... not sure if he made all the aldibs himself, but they really worked! I also love how his character (or the performer?) cheers on some pro-gay sentiments...

Vince de Jesus (Ada), author, and Nar Cabico (Didi)

The first time I saw Eula Valdez come out as Zsa Zsa Zaturnnah, I instantly saw why she was cast for the part... her facial features are just so defined and her beauty just seems so larger than life... much like Zaturnnah... I still can't believe that she sings, though. At first I was like, "Is that really HER?" but if it really was her, then hats off... not only can she act, but she's got a pretty pair of lungs as well...

Author with Eula Valdez

I looooove the girl who played Queen Femina (Kalila Aguilos? - not sure) was just CRAAAZY.... the accent is off the hook.

Christian (my bebi) Kalila Aguilos (?) as Queen Femina and Author

As for Dodong (Lauren Novero) well... when he too off the shirt, solved na ako! mga teh, tulo ang laway ko...

Lauren (left) with Arnold Reyes (Right) both alternating as Dodong

Well, I'm not totally crazy about Lauren's dancing... and his acting can use some buffing up (so to speak but he's singing's fairly good though. And did I mention that his bod is just to drool over? I almost fell off my chair during the zombie attack scene when his shirt was ripped apart exposing his HOTT bod (droool galore!)

Author with Lauren Novero

2. The Songs: From the prologue until "Ikaw ang Superhero ng Buhay Ko" the songs and the performances just keep on hitting the spot.

Some of my favorites:
Walang Ibang Pangarap Kundi Siya (Didi, Ada, Dodong and Company) - it's just fun fun fun. hihihi
Huwag na Huwag Niyo Siyang Babastusin - It's Didi's performance, and we love him hands down!
Multo ng Nakaraan - It has that 'kurot sa puso' reminds me of my own dead father and my own issues with his non-acceptance... I also loove Zaturnnah and Ada's duet (Eula Valdez and Vince de Jesus - who's also the production's composer, lyricist, and musical director, bongga noh!)
Battle Transmorphication - I just love the production number cum battle threats cum transformation! the Amazonistas perform their 'katukayo's hits (Vilma, Nora, Sharon, and Dina Bonnevie)! I love it!
Ikaw ang Superhero ng Buhay Ko - this one is just moving... *sniff* (This is also Lauren's shining moment - convinced me that he CAN sing!)

And Zaturnnah's transformation music is just CRAZY!!!! reminds me of Sailormoon! hahahaha!

The Soundtrack! BUY IT!!!

3. The Performances. Have I mentioned that Didi's performance was just hands down fabulous? love the aldibs and pop culture references.

But aside from her the cast is just outstanding! Especially loved the fight scenes that make do with the lack of big time props!

4. Pro LGBT themes. "Mabuhay ang mga Bakla!" cheered Didi and I just wanted to stand and shout "PLANGUK!!!"

I especially love the part when Lauren was singing "Ikaw ang Superhero ng Buhay Ko" the LGBT representatives sorta waltzed their way on stage...

Stuff like these are really strong, and personally, they reinforce the right of our existence... it makes me wanna be a more significant part of the community...

Anyway... If you haven't seen the show yet, then you gotta gotta see it!!!

Congrats to Carlo Vergara, the Cast and Staff and Tanghalang Pilipino!

ERRATUM: I earlier posted this review saying Joey Paras performed as Didi on feb 14. I stand corrected, it is actually the wonderful Nar Cabico (If you're reading this Nar, I love you!!! hehehe). Thanks Gen for pointing this one out

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Salamat, Bebi

Pinatibok mo ang puso ko
sa hindi ko inaakalang paraan

Hinawakan mo ang aking kamay
nang tinaasan nila tayo ng kilay

Sa loob ng punong punong jeep
sa harap ng mata ng mga usisero
hinalikan mo ako
"Bye bebi, ingat ka," sabi mo

Niyakap mo ako ng tayo'y nag-away

Hinabol ako nang tumakbo

Ngayon ko lang naramdaman
ang mahalin ng katulad ng pagmamahal mo

Maraming salamat

Wala akong masabi kundi
I love you, bebi.

On Bebe Gandanghari

The local gay blogosphere was recently abuzz with the recently released (or seeded?) photos of Rostum Padilla (now more prominently known as Bebe Gandanghari)

In case you haven't seen the photos, check them out @ the Rainbow Bloggers site

There's a whole gamut of reaction on the Tranny of the Moment, Bebe. There are those in the community who celebrate her new found fabulous self. And some (either expected or otherwise) are a bit of with the new and improved former Mr Carmina Villaruel.

Personally, my feelings are at odds with regards to Bebe...

At first, seeing him out himself in PBB was shocking, yet I feel good for him and felt that the move might just bring out something good for the community. Then the Urian cross-dressing wowed me! I didn't know he'd be THAT good looking in DRAG. He was hot then, but now he's Ferosh! And now the coming out of Bebe... this... this one REALLY made me think...

Is this still part of the whole 'finding myself' thing? And what's with the publicity? SO is he going to be a SHE now? And where did these photos come from? And finally, what's this gonna do for the community?

On coming out and finding your true self

Growing up and finding one's identity is TRULY difficult for most gay men. Aside from having to go through the hetero rights of passage, there's the more difficult challenge of being comfortable in your own skin, accepting that you're "different" and eventually owning up to it.

When Rustom Padilla came out in PBB, local television was just SHAKEN. I mean NO ONE has ever done that before (as far as I can remember). This is truly a defining moment. Seeing one former hot baby-faced action star looking so thin and wraith-like with awful hair and finally admitting that he's into guys! WOW!

People think that us gays, like butterflies, just come out of our cocoons and look fabulous! Well, that goes to show the majority of the ignorant Filipinos that NO it's one tough emotional journey; however hard it is for the "normal" people to accept us, it is waaaay HARDER for gays to accept ourselves when it means being hated, feared, and discriminated. It's just soooo emotionally draining...

But of course once THAT drama is over, it's off to becoming fabulous!

On the transformation

An so he was out... Did he become fabulous? Well when the smoke cleared, the media turned their attention to other matters. But while he was still an item, he had somewhat of a revived career:

Some found it weird but who cares, right? For me, I was cheering "You go gurl!"

And then it got WEIRD... He went to the Urian and THIS happened (sorry for the poor quality video, can't find other vidz on Youtube)

Well, it was a bit odd. He said that it's a preparation for his one-man show in 2009... A drag show, perhaps? I dunno... But honestly, it's all good...

Though personally, I felt hat she's on the high way to trannyville.

On the New and Improved Bebe Gandanghari

I was winded when I first saw this report from the primetime news:

and the weekend before that this was shown on afternoon TV:

I was confused... He says he's a woman... and yet he loves his body... I'd understand if he maintained a male look for his day-to-day affairs and put on Drag for his performances... But he's not. He's actually putting himself out there as a WOMAN!!!

How can you feel like a woman, say it out loud in front of National TV and go home to shower and see your penis hanging out right in front of you???

I would've understood her of felt sympathetic if he admitted to being transgendered. It's OK if he feels like a woman trapped in a man's body... but to say that he's not taking hormones and that he's not going to have Sexual Reassignment Surgery and yet he says he's a woman... THAT is just whacked.

Besides, what;s so wrong with just being plain and simple GAY?

I understand the transformation does take a while and the road is often challenging... But what I'm seeing is that he's being turned (and perhaps turning himself) into a circus. Watch this interview in The Buzz, which I think has some rather distasteful questions. While Rustom feels like answering them so openly, I felt like I'm watching Kris and Ruffa make a freak out of Rustom (and it doesn't help that he's dressed up in GAUDY clothes - it's one thin to wear drag, quite another to look like a fashionable woman)

What's Bebe going to do now?

As I said, I'm all for his search of identity... but not for the whole Bebe Gandanghari circus...

What does he intend to do?

He can't go and be model. I mean look at Ruffa, she's aged but she's quit and she STILL looks great... Bebe, with the stringy face and neck... I rather doubt it...

Is he going back into acting? Pwede, but being transgendered quite narrows the characters he can portray... He can't play a woman nor a man... He can only play a tranny (which up until now, the only role I've seen in local Tv was the one Paolo Ballesteros portrayed)...

If he gets sustainable popularity, the Networks might give him a magazine show... still, being a conservative country, I'm not sure it's gonna fly with the majority of the Filipinos. And if ever it does, God forbid he features other "circus" topics...

As for his one-man show... I think we're already witnessing it and I think thi i going to be as good as it gets... the features are gonna patter down soon enough and after that he'll need a new and interesting gimmik to get us hooked up (or at least sustain our curiosity). I didn't get the chance to watch him in the Zsa Zsa Zaturnnah movie... but from what I hear it was a big disappointment...

So again, What's this all about? What's all the publicity for? Ok, so you're now a confused tranny, so what?

On Bebe's impact to the community

At this point, wanna share this short news clip about some negative reactions on the New Bebe Gandanghari

Are they haters? probably, I dunno, but I quite agree wih some of the points these guys said.

Vice Ganda is right. Rustom is gay, Bebe is a delusional tranny. Coz REALLY, no matter what clothes he put on, no matter how much make up and wigs he uses, no matter how perfectly he tucks THOSE in, he will never be a woman with a penis. It's ok to FEEL like a woman. But know your limitations, sister.

I also agree with Ricky Reyes. Bebe is making homosexuality a joke; and he's a one-man circus.

Growing up, the most popular gay icon on TV was Roderick Paulate's characters. And I thought one has to be THAT loud, flambouyant, and exuberant to be gay. I thought all gays end up in a beauty parlor wear women's clothes and go after straight men...

Imagine what a 10-year-old queer will feel when he sees Bebe Gandanghari on TV...

And think about the "normal" people. Most people already think of us gays as a joke... Unlike other countries, we don't have much gay role models that will break the stereotype... SO how exactly is this popular new gay image of Bebe Gandanghari working for us?

I have nothing personal against Bebe Gandanghari or Rustom Padilla. I sympathize with Rustom when he said:

“Yes exactly! Wala akong inaway at sinaktang tao kaya naman kung ano ako ngayon I just feel very happy now. So, I just wish people can be happy for me too."

I just hope he'd try and stand up for himself and not indulge on his womanly fancies and save himself from the circus the media is putting him into.

To end this all, here's a glimpse of Rustom in "Mistah" waaaay back when he's still that cute baby-faced tough guy trying to step up to his brothers' careers:

Now, wouldn't have been wonderful if he retained his former physique and look and still announced that he's gay? That'd be refreshing... That would certainly be the start of cracking the stereotype... That will teach Piolo and Samto come out!!! hahaha

Hawaii congress passes bill to legalize same-sex unions

Wow this is (potentially) good news:

The state House yesterday passed a bill to legalize civil unions among same-sex partners, a vote several lawmakers believe will help end discrimination against gays and lesbians in Hawai'i. The bill, which now moves to the state Senate, would grant partners in civil unions the same benefits, protections and responsibilities as married couples under state law. The state would also recognize civil unions, domestic partnerships and same-sex marriages performed in other states. Partners in civil unions would not have the same protections as married couples under federal law, so the recognition is a rung below treating homosexual and heterosexual couples equally. The House vote was 33-17 with one lawmaker excused, one vote shy of a veto-proof supermajority. The lawmaker who missed the vote, state Rep. K. Mark Takai, D-34th (Newtown, Waiau, Pearl City), who is preparing to deploy with the Hawai'i Army National Guard to Kuwait, supports civil unions.
From here

Should the Bill pass the Senate, Hawaii would be gay heaven! Imagine great beaches, nice tropical weather (much like ours) really nice people (from what I hear, though I also read somewherethat homosexuals were still pretty much oppressed in that State), and legal unions for PLUs.

Let's keep our fingers crossed...

Sunday, February 8, 2009


For the first official date of 2009, Christian and I decided to watch Jay.

And finally, we saw an indie film we did not regret paying for.

The plot line is smart, the scenes well executed, and the acting was very affective. Kudos to the production team, this is really something to be proud of! I have to say, it deserves the awards it's been getting...

Watch the trailer below:

Jay basically tells how "reality in TV" affects the actual reality. It opens with the riveting first half of the supposed segment and then later on delves into the makng of the story...

It takes the viewers to the circus of the TV production... How Jay (Baron Geisler) manipulates the victim's family to get his scoop... how unsympathetic he is and the producers to the family's plight... and taking it a step further, how Filipinos tend to lose their sense of dignity in front of the camera (evidenced by the mother's acting for the re-enactment of the morgue scene)...

The acting is especially subtle yet affective. Baron plays the TV producer... and I gotta say he got every flick of the hand, tone of voice, and eye-rolling to the nail! It's difficult to NOT hate his character, coz really he schemes so dastardly and his acting just really compliments the character.

One comment though, how come Coco Martin is billed more prominently over the mother when it's obvious in the film that his character's participatin is really VERY minimal? probabaly the producer's way of gettig in an audience by tapping the Coco Martin fans w/in the indie and gay world? hmmm... a move, I thik is not fair to the mother who probably cried her heart out for most part of the movie and so naturally plays the simpleton mother.

Though, being a Coco Martin fan myself, I gotta say, he never fails to be the movie's eye candy... I just love love love him.... I mean how can you resist those gorgeous eyes... those succulent lips... sorry I'm melting in my seat here...

I especially love the twist in the end where Jay (Baron Geisler) is implied to have met the end of the original victim Jay... so.. poetic.

Anyway, you guys gotta see it. It's showing in most SM Cinemas in the Metro.
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