Rainbow washing? No thank you. We’re highlighting our favorite Filipino LGBTQ creators and their content a month after Pride
So it’s July, the month after Pride. The yearly kaleidoscopia is a celebration of all things LGBTQ: its people, culture and history. We’ve seen our share of “companies after pride” memes—a lighthearted way to deal with the commercialization of it all. As with plenty of holidays and causes, the LGBTQ community is no stranger to rainbow washing and tokenism. While rainbow flags and hues spread through our social media feeds in the past month, have we ever asked ourselves what does the flag actually signifies?
Stemming from a pink triangle in the 1970s, gay artist and activist Gilbert Baker redesigned the Pride symbol to commemorate their revolutionary shift. Originally designed with 8 colors, the rainbow flag featured hot pink for sex, red for life, orange for healing, yellow for sunlight, green for nature, turquoise for art, indigo for harmony, and violet for spirit.
Pride Month is a celebration, but it’s also a protest. The month-long celebration commemorates historical events that elevated Pride to what it is today. The Stonewall Uprising began on June 28, 1969, and the first Pride parade followed a year later in 1970.
This is an ode to the LGBTQ creatives, business owners and the channels that speak Pride after Pride.
Mother of Fact – My Two Moms
In this podcast episode, DJ and podcast host Riki Flores Reyes talks with Sandy Aloha and Ida Ramos on parenthood. The two moms discuss how environment is involved in raising their son, keeping true to the old saying “it takes a village to raise a child.”
Tune in to “Mother of Fact – My Two Moms with Sandy Aloha and Ida Ramos” on Spotify.
Tambike – Ride with Pride
Thysz Estrada, an LGBTQIA+ and biking advocate, speaks to bike enthusiast and podcast host Lester Babiera on how the cycling community welcomed her with open arms, as well as her experiences as a transwoman biker.
Listen to Tambike’s episode, “Ride with Pride: Thysz Estrada” on her LGBTQ+ and Cycling Advocacies on Spotify.
Paano Ba To – Paano yung inclusivity, ‘di lang kapag Pride Month?
Model, television and now podcast host, Bianca Gonzales, talks about truly advocating for the members of the LGBTQ+ beyond performative means. Beyond Pride Month and on a daily basis, how can we best support our queer friends and family members?
Tune into “Paano Ba To – Paano yung inclusivity, ‘di lang kapag Pride Month?” on Spotify.
The Linya Linya Show
Hosted by writer and founder of the Linya Linya brand, Ali Sangalang shines light on the daily Filipino experience as he converses with different people of the community. The podcast feels like hanging out with your barkada and simply having a good time.
It’s refreshing to see queer people being featured in things outside of being LGBTQ. In episode 187, Kwentuhang Kotse, Ali hangs out with Macoy Dubs, a queer content creator, and they talk about the considerations about buying your first car. Meanwhile, in episode 188 entitled Kwentuhang Kalasingan, Inah Evans AKA Ate Dick, shares her stories about career, love and drinking.
Hosted by LGBTQIA+ content creator and cinematographer Andrea Walter, graphic artist Chris Costello and writer/director Mihk Vergara, BAMF invites us all to celebrate the geek in all of us. Listen to them discuss, debate and dissect various comic-to-screen adaptations. Do we love it? Do they hate it? Find that out—and maybe some too-personal things, too—when you tune in.
Listen to “BAMF” on Spotify.
Underneath the flamboyance, this comedy-drama on Filipino pageantry gives a heartfelt message on family, friendship and parenthood. Paolo Ballesteros, who is part of the LGBTQIA+ community, gave a stellar performance, even winning a Best Actor award at the 29th Tokyo International Film Festival.
Watch “Die Beautiful” on Upstream.
Quaranthings Season 2
Season 1 of Quaranthings followed Judah and Rocky as they navigated the ECQ together and later fell in love. There’s nothing more kilig than seeing LGBTQIA+ representation in romcoms like these. The sequel follows the lovers a year and a few months into their relationship. The show also features queer lead Kyo Quijano, who plays Judah.
Watch Quaranthings Season 2 on Ride or Die’s Youtube channel.
How do you celebrate Pride all year round? Let us know in the comments!
Words Gwyneth King
Photos Die Beautiful, Quaranthings
Art Pis Trinidad