Monday, September 27, 2010

it could have been me

im such a bad friend. i didnt even know that it was lobster's establishment that was raided, that was being twitted furiously by @jonasbagas. lobster managed to discuss with us the details of this "raid"

how they treated all the guests and staff like dirt, herded like animals into the van. how they just wanted money. plain and simple. from honest folks who just want to have a little fun. from a businessman who just wants to provide a venue. from the employees who just want to earn a living.

even as i listened to lobster tell his story, a thought was running in circles. that could have been me. i could have been one of the guests or even a lobster. i could have just felt a sudden urge and made a turn towards the bath house.

the realities of injustice seem so far away. from my comfortable life. from my happy existence. hearing a first-hand story slaps me back to thie reality of gay discrimination. again, an oft-repeated tale from jonas. he would tell me that we gays in the Phils are still a persecuted, discriminated lot. i would listen but not believe. it all seems so far.

well, its not so far. and it is real. and i dont know what i could do about it. i know i should. but i dont know what.

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Mac Callister said...

nabasa ko nga sa blogs about that raid,and i feel bad about those person being arrested...

tapos sinasabihan pa daw na immoral...hay grabe.

i hope napalaya na un mga na aresto

Tony said...

Go out and love freely, hold his hand when you feel like it, kiss him tenderly on the lips when you heart urges you too..... show them that we are not immoral and deserve the same rights that they do without fear of retribution.

pinoyniftywriter said...

I agree with Tony. These kinds of things affect us all... and if we don't do something, even by just acknowledging who we are, society's perspective will not change.

Here's one of my favorite quotes from Oscar Wilde, "Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is man's original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and through rebellion...." -The Soul of Man Under Socialism.

ethan h said...

Sad but that is the reality. Police harassment is inevitable. There are some things we cannot change and just have to accept.