LGBT Philippines

Claudia C. Lodia, who is in Anthropology and Social Change at the California Institute of Integral Studies has reviewed Eva Callueng’s collection Buhay Bahaghari: The Filipino LGBT Chronicles (DOI: 10.1080/00472336.2015.1118524) for JCA. Her review appears at the publisher’s website.

BuhayShe says that the book comprises 36 personal essays organised under four themed sections which represent, “the four different struggles that LGBT people usually face”: (i) identities and struggles; (ii) tensions, anxieties, relations; (iii) love and lessons; (iv) challenges, changes, and our community.

In tracing these struggles, an important contribution made is in dealing with the traces of internalised homophobia in Philippine society. The collection also provides opportunities to think about ways in which LGBT and non-LGBT communities can continue to co-create spaces of solidarity.

The reviewer concludes: “On the whole, Buhay Bahaghari identifies and signifies a space evocative of the ever flowing conversations and strenuous negotiations among contemporary LGBTs in the Philippines and their families and friends. It renders visible multiple ways in which love and performances of loving proliferate in the Philippines’ present. Buhay Bahaghari is a major contribution that deserves a wide audience.”

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