Alternative lifestyles like those of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) have long been assimilated into our culture.
We’ve seen people of the third gender in the workplace and in school (and more recently, in the studentry of the University of the Philippines in Diliman). And they’re not to be counted out of the normal flow of daily human traffic because, in reality, they act just like everyone else!
However, the LGBT continue to struggle for acceptance. There is a recurring stigma among people that makes their lifestyle a little too hard to understand. Transgenders commonly experience this because people feel paranoid about their physical change.
2bU explores whether this acceptance for change is collective reality or not. We ask, “Do you think one should ‘out’ oneself as a transgender in school?”
Some students tell the LGBT to hold back because they think the society is not ready for them yet. Or is that thought itself the core of non-acceptance?
The young people discuss. Listen.
“Since we are living in a free country, people should be treated equally. It’s always better to be real and to express yourself. I really don’t mind anyone’s sexuality when hanging out with people.” —Dawn Solier, 19, UP Mindanao
“One shouldn’t be compelled to ‘come out of the closet.’ I believe anyone has the freedom to choose when he/she will publicly declare his/her sexuality. It shouldn’t be imposed.” —Francis Malalis, 20, UP Mindanao
“I’m gender sensitive, so I’m okay with it. As a matter of fact, I’m more comfortable hanging out with gays than girls.” —Trisha Aligato, 19, UP Mindanao