Mark the date: December 1, 2021, when Outrage Magazine launches a must-watch weekly show that eyes to extensively tackle issues of LGBTQIA Filipinos.
“We say: ‘Anong petsa na (What year is it already)?’ in the coverage of LGBTQIA stories,” said Michael David dela Cruz Tan, editor in chief of Outrage Magazine. This is because “it may already be 2021, but even now, LGBTQIA issues particularly in the Philippines continue NOT to be extensively covered by mainstream media; instead, our issues are still only surfaced to mark ‘special’ occasions – from June for Pride month, to December 1 for World AIDS Day.”
For Tan, this is “extremely limiting; it fails to provide the LGBTQIA community proper avenues to discuss the various intersectional issues affecting us beyond the ‘palatable’ or otherwise controversial, clickbait topics.”
With “Bahaghari Talks”, “we eye to discuss issues LGBTQIA Filipinos should be aware of” via in-depth talks with those who expertly know about these issues.
Is sex work ALSO an LGBTQIA issue, and should we consider legalizing it? Are HIV efforts in the Philippines neglecting seniors, considering most (if not all) of existing efforts target the under-35 MSM population? Is the local LGBTQIA community discriminating against bisexual Filipinos and intersex community members? Does asexuality exist; or is this a Western “imposition” in the Philippines? These – other timely topics that should interest LGBTQIA Filipinos – will be covered by “Bahaghari Talks”.
Tan will be co-hosting “Bahaghari Talks”, along with co-hosts Aaron Moises Bonete, Stephen Christian Quilacio, and Albert Tan Magallanes, Jr.
New episodes will be uploaded every Wednesday, 7PM, at the YouTube channel of Outrage Magazine; with an accompanying article uploaded on Outrage Magazine.
“Bahaghari Talks” is the second weekly show of Outrage Magazine. For #KaraniwangLGBTQIA, new episodes are uploaded every Saturday, also at 7PM, to showcase the stories of everyday LGBTQIA Filipinos.