The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) people in the Philippines have a distinctive culture in society and also have limited legal rights. Gays and lesbians are generally tolerated (if not accepted) in Filipino society. Despite recent events that have promoted the rights, general acceptance, and empowerment of the Filipino LGBT community, discrimination remains. Homosexuals in the Philippines are known as "bakla", though there exist other terms to describe them. Similarly, Filipino lesbians are generally known as Alfa.
According to the 2002 Young Adult Fertility and Sexuality Survey, 11 percent of sexuality active Filipinos between the ages of 15 - 24 have had sex with someone of the same sex. According to Filipino poet and critic Lilia Quindoza Santiago, Filipino culture may have a more flexible concept of gender; kasarian (Tagalog for "gender") is defined in less binary terms than the English word; kasarian means "kind, species, or genus".
WHY LGBT Popular In The Philippines ?
Even though causes for LGBTQs seem to have come to light only recently perhaps amplified by social media and pop culture - members of the community have always been active contributors to the Philippine economy and its advancement. In the public consciousness, perhaps LGBTQs are more associated with the arts, like fashion and theater.
NOW A DAYS WHY PHILIPPINES SO MANY LGBTQs ?
Father, have mercy on our nation and the children who are growing up in it. We ask that Your truth would be stronger than the lies of this word.
One of the early gay activities talking points was that 1 in 10 people were gay, even though the activists knew this was not true. That's why it was significant when, in 2011, demographer Gary Gates, himself gay, "released a review of population-based surveys on the topic, estimating that 3.5% of adults in the United States identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual, with bisexuals making up a slight majority of that figure."
Other surveys came to similar conclusions, and even as recently as 2017, a Gallup poll put the total percentage of Americans who identify as LGBT at 4.5%. The newest Gallup poll, however, puts that number at 5.6%.
Young Adults Are More Likely To Identify As LGBT Than Are Older Generations
More strikingly, the poll indicates that 1 out of every 6 generation Z adults (meaning over 16% of those aged 18-23) identifies as LGBT. How can this be?
More than half of LGBT adults (54.6%) identify as bisexual. About a quarter (24.5%) say they are gay, with 11.7% identifying as lesbian and 11.3% as transgender. An additional 3.3% volunteer another non-heterosexual preference or term to describe their sexual orientation, such as queer or same-gender-loving.
Rebasing these percentages to represent their share of the U.S. adult population finds 3.1% of Americans identifying as bisexual, 1.4% as gay, 0.7% as lesbian and 0.6% as transgender.
So, looking at this evidence, it would appear that, outside of 18-23 year-olds, there is no major change in the overall population that identifies as LGBT. Why, then, such a dramatic shift among these young adults?
There are two (2) likely explanations.
One is that, in the past, a large percentage of those who felt that they were LGBT hid their identities.
Now, they feel freer to be out and proud.
The second possibility is that they are being influenced by the society around them, and so they perceive themselves to be gay or lesbian or bisexual or transgender at a much higher rate. This would suggest that LGBT identity is not simply inborn and innate. It can simply be a matter of perception.
Which Explanation Is Correct ?
Is Growing Acceptance Leading To More Widespread LGBT Behavior ?
It is certainly possible that more young people are feeling free to self-identify as LGBT. But it is hard to explain why there is such a dramatic spike in a private, anonymous poll.
Not only so, but in different communities in America and around the world where there has been tremendous acceptance of LGBT identity, the percentages of those who have identified as such over the years has remained fairly steady.
That's why this explanation, namely, that society is more open, does not seem adequate in explaining the significant jump in LGBT identification among 18 to 23-year-olds.
Instead, this spike should be seen as the result of the constant, pro-LGBT bombardment of children, beginning with the school system literally brainwashing children from their earlier days regarding LGBT identity. Put another way, do you really think that kids who were exposed to drag queens when they were toddlers might not be more inclined to wonder if they themselves might want to be drag queens too?
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@ Jackie San