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ML@50: LGBTQ+ was stigmatized

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ML@50: LGBTQ+ was stigmatized

It has been said that in Hell, there will be nothing but law. Under Martial Law, the Philippines deteriorated to a country that did not value human life and freedom and turned a blind eye to the struggles of the sectors of society.

The late dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr. and his wife Imelda put out a ‘violently vitriolic anti-gay book,’ Tears in the Morning (1979) by Eddie Karnes, which further marginalized the LGBTQ+ community. The military-run government of Marcos also shut down all progressive movements, including the struggle for the rights of the LGBTQ+ community and gender equality.

J. N. Garcia. “Conclusion,” in Philippine Gay Culture: Binabae to Bakla, Silahis to MSM, 2nd ed. Quezon City, Philippines. UP Press, 2008, pp 403-404.


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