Ben & Ben Singer Paolo Appeals to Public to Stop Insulting LGBTQ Using “Bakla”
Vocalist of the Ben & Ben band stood up for LGBTQ and appealed to public to stop using the word “bakla” for insulting gay people.
Singer-songwriter Paolo Guico, one of the members of Ben & Ben, continues to fight for the rights of the LGBTQ + community. Paolo called on the dumb audience to stop saying “beki and lesbians” which is often the reason why many are still afraid to reveal their true identity.
He even encouraged his fellow Filipinos to open their hearts and minds to the issue of “gender identity and expression”. “Grow up” he emphasized in his social media post.
Paolo responded to some netizens who commented on his Instagram selfie photo where he can be seen wearing a dress, with a casual shirt and pants as his OOTD. He wrote in the caption, “Be comfy in your own skin.”
Many liked the singer’s post but he also received negative comments from people who are close-minded about LGBTQ issues. Through Facebook, Paolo responded to the netizens’ denial of him as well as the ongoing bullying of gays and lesbians.
“Sometimes, I post about challenging gender stereotypes, by wearing my mom’s clothes. There. The comments are full of * surprise! * Gender stereotypes. Hahaha,” said the singer.
He added, “Never assume anyone’s gender based on the clothes they wear. Hay Pilipinas, ang layo pa natin. Higit pa rito, mali ang mag-assume na ang isang bagay o gawain ay panlalaki o pambabae lamang.”
He also appealed to stop using the word “bakla” as a reference or insult to a member of the LGBTQ community at the same time as he flagged the fight for “rights and freedom” of the group.
“Sana’y makamove-on na tayo bilang bansa sa paggamit ng ‘bakla’ bilang insulto. As a heterosexual male, I may not be in the place to speak for them but, I will fiercely fight for our LGBT friends and listeners. You are valid, accepted and loved. Pilipinas, let’s grow up!” he remarked.
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