aids victim? third sex? such politically incorrect terms.
i first became conscious of being politically correct when it comes to matters concerning this topic when friend-colleague from abc 5 jove francisco commented on an i-witness episode about gays.
then came various inputs about the phrase third sex. even women's groups don't approve of the term. what do people really mean when they say third sex, to whom are they referring? if there's a third sex, who's the first sex? di naman ako makakapayag na mga lalaki ang first sex. at dahil naturally objective ako, di rin naman sigurong maganda at fair para i-claim ng mga kababaihan na kami ang first sex. for women empowerment ako pero di naman ito salungat sa equality of the sexes, di ba?
then nelson, kara and i got into a discussion about the phrase "aids victim". kung may aids victim, may aids suspect din ba?
mas na-enlighten ako sa isyung ito actually nung ginawa ko sa reporter's notebook ang isang storya tungkol sa anti-sexual discrimination bill ni rep etta. may mga pananaw naman akong tugma sa kanilang ipinaglalaban. meron din silang mga posisyong pareho sa mga advocacy ko.
although more filipinos are starting to have an open mind about these issues, it may take a while before pinoys overcome their homophobia totally. even i, na binansagang babaeng bakla sa samaskom, at one time or another, have acted or said something that may be offensive to gays. at least, several groups and individuals have taken the first step in enlightening our minds. the next step is up to us heteros.