Monday, November 18, 2013

meeting Strap

on 3rd Nov, last Sunday was quite interesting. Since came back from Singapore/Malacca/Malaysia decided to go to the Strap meeting at Isis. And i walk all the way from the station to Isis at Matalino/Marunong street and ended up soaked with sweats. It was really a hot afternoon. 
I met Rika outside Isis and i thought yes, this is it, first time meeting the women from Strap. It took me awhile to dry up it was so embarrassing. 
They greeted me and ask me questions why am i here and stuff. Met Ava and Patty and told them i'm on a grant and doing research, then i get to know Brigite who the only practicing muslims in the group. She's originally from Mindanao but left the place for the city for better life opportunity and recently she's just finish acting in a film which most probably about her since its about the strugge being a transgender woman and also being a muslim. We just exchange numbers because i want to interview here. I can see that her life experience is more or else i think can relate to born Malay transwomen in Malaysia. 

I saw inside the fb page that they have this event debating about Stop Patholigizing trans kids....interesting activity as they discuss about the issues and its related to the International Day of Action for Trans Depathologization 2013 and the focus is on the slogan "Stop Pathologizing Gender Diversity in Childhood" 

Here's a description from the Strap page:

The Society of Transsexual Women of the Philippines (STRAP) supports International Day of Action for Trans Depathologization 2013.

The International Day of Action for Trans Depathologization 2013 focused on this year’s slogan, “Stop Pathologizing Gender Diversity in Childhood”.

STRAP had an open debate as form of discussion to understand the importance of depathologizing Gender Diversity in childhood.

This was attended by fellow STRAP friends and allies Atty germaine Leonin, Doc JM Chu and Beauty Queen Princess Manzon who helped as jurors for the said activity.

This activity aims to help better understanding for the depathologization of trans gender expressions, trajectories and identities.

"The Call to Action 2013 of the International Day of Action for Trans Depathologization was launched under the slogan “Stop Pathologizing Gender Diversity in Childhood”, with the objective to express concern regarding the continued diagnostic classification of gender diversity in childhood and the presence of 

Some of the activites are like screening of a video of young kids acting like beauty pageant and ask the 2 groups, 1 group labelled 'Affirmative' is supporting whatever issues tabled and another 'Negative' which disagree with any issues discussed…

what i find interesting is theres 1 nyah look like Yaya, 1 nyah look like Haruka hana from rumah api, 1 look like Maya Lobo thinner version, hahaha i see like a pattern here …

btw i think this group isnt so active like they use to be, 

good thing i join them yesterday & get an impromptu interview with the older member of Strap, their struggle is the same like ours, they couldnt find a newer younger member to step up, its always the same ol faces, 1 of them name Joy know Thilaga, and the captain Rika is a tv personality, or used to be, she like other trans who join the reality tv show Big Brother Philippines before, and the one look like Yaya is a muslim and shes also acting in a movie about the struggle of being trans and a muslim called 'Model Citizen'....which was shown in NY, Oregon and other cities film festivals in US...
Strap also i think mostly consists of middle to upper class and also some are from teh streets and sex workers, theyre trying to reach out for more trans from the streets
i think in the Philippines ATP are the most active ones but as oldest trans org Strap members are also branching out and form other groups like ATP, Ganda Filipina, TAO etc...
ok, i just need to let it out, thanks hahahaha
and last night they took me to this place who serve Vegan and Vegetarian food which is awesome, last minute baru tau, but the place a bit isolated, have to take cab, urgh, but nciely decorated...

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