Whether it is politics, show business, sports, art, architecture, the academe, law, or medicine there hasn’t been any territory gay people haven’t conquered. I can mention a few role models that have personally made an impact on me.
I first met Sir Honrado Fernandez when I was a freshman at the
My friend BC (sorry, he wants to remain discreet) is a lawyer and is also from UP. He was always ready with an answer every time I had legal questions- mostly about office policies and labor questions (I didn’t commit murder or anything!). When you are young and stupid (like I was) you certainly need to look up to someone and he was the guy I wanted to be. Thankfully, that didn’t happen. LOL! I simply grew up to be a much wiser version of me.
My cousin C (another closeted gay man) has always been a family man. He didn’t have a wife or children of his own but he did put his mother and his siblings first. I admire him because he is an upright person, though not exceedingly brilliant, he has succeeded in improving their lives. C was once a working student in the 80’s (their family could not afford to send him to College), he managed to finish and get a respectable job in a bank. Hats off to you!
Perhaps majority still think gay men belong in beauty parlors (no offense to those who work in one). People need to stop stereotyping- people in the LGBT (Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transsexual) community are just as talented, smart, and innovative as the next straight person.
Our humanity precedes sexuality- in the womb, before you get washed with Testosterone or Estrogen, first you are a human embryo. Human, therefore worthy of respect. Moreover, our sexuality does not encompass who we are- just a part of it. We are sons, daughters, aunts, uncles, good friends, citizens of this country, churchgoers, and professionals.
Yes people, we can become productive and relevant members of society.