My Filipino ladyboy girlfriend was originally from Cebu (“The Queen City of the South”) which is located in central Philippines, in the Visayan region. It is known to be the largest and fastest growing city in the region. This is where some of her friends built the first transsexual organisation of the region.
An LGBT organisation is an organisation for Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transsexuals. There are variety of LGBT organisations in the Philippines, they may have different names, different causes, but they only have one voice and common vision. They are claiming respect and acceptance from the Filipino people in spite of the religious and conservative minds out there, and fighting against any form of discrimination against the LGBT community.
The first transsexual organisation in Cebu
C.O.L.O.R.S (Coalition for the Liberation Of the Reassigned Sex, see C.O.L.O.R.S Facebook page) is the name of the organisation in Cebu, and it’s the first of its kind in the region. It started as a school organisation in 2008 that helped transsexual students to be protected against discrimination. Two years ago, the founder of C.O.L.O.R.S, who is a cebuano transsexual herself, pushed the organisation beyond the scope of the school. She gathered all transsexuals in Cebu and presented the idea of having an organization that is mainly for transsexuals, and last October 2011 it officially became an organisation at the region level. And this year they asked support from the city government to be recognised and to be acknowledged.
The organisation offers free seminars about anti-discrimination topics, so transsexuals can know about their rights. And even if you’re not a ladyboy yourself, you can of course attend it, they’re very open (and possibly meet a couple of nice ladyboys eheh). This month, March 2012, they even had a congress together with the city councilors so the voices of the transsexuals can be heard. Their seminars cover as well personal development, beauty tips, STD awareness and many topics that are so useful to a new ladyboy, with the help of the DOH (Department of Health).
Protecting my ladyboy girlfriend
I feel very concerned about this topic because I am the kind of guy who wants to protect my girlfriend, so I’m very concerned about her safety and her exposure to discrimination. Although I am lucky enough to have a ladyboy girlfriend who has a strong personality and believes in her own principles, I still have the concerns for the transsexual community, specially for those who have less knowledge about their rights and are afraid to fight against discrimination.
I am myself very open and OK with the fact to show myself publicly engaged to my ladyboy girlfriend, but it’s not the case for everybody… Well, seeing that sort of organisation, and the growing awareness and acceptance towards ladyboys, makes me believe there is a bright future for ladyboys and the men who like ladyboys and want to be in a relationship with one of them 🙂