Don't frighten the horses!
I’ve always thought of the Philippines as quite a tolerant country in matters of sexual orientation so, like many readers I suspect, I was rather taken aback by former Supreme Court Justice Isagani Cruz’s attack on “fairies” and “pansies” in Saturday’s Inquirer. Cruz’s use of such old-fashioned pejoratives sums up the article, which harks back to a virtually pansy-free era; when the few gay people around “conducted themselves decorously”. I found it hard to take Cruz’s curmudgeonly article seriously, but I can understand how offensive his views must have been to gay people.
John Silva has written a lively response which has circulated by e-mail. Here are a few extracts:
He yearns for elementary school days when there was only one, (Really?) one, queer person in his entire school. Must have been about the same time he needed glasses. …
But when the writer … starts to recklessly, and without basis, charge that there is a homosexual agenda to convert this nation into “..sexless persons…” it may seem silly and innocuous, but it is classic hatemongering. And the Inquirer with its socially committed journalism should be the first to distinguish between freedom of expression and fascist talk.
Every day, gays, lesbians, bi-sexuals, and transgenders face discrimination and oftentimes, outright violence from a society that still holds the most ignorant and baseless notions about our population. Isagani Cruz’s crude portrayal of gays coupled with homophobic nostalgia continues these notions
thereby validating the oppression inflicted on us.
Why should gays and people of good will patronize a paper with a columnist that demonizes us, telling us we reject “propriety and morality” and, absurdly states that we are a “compromise between the strong and the weak?” It’s not only hogwash, it’s pretty loony stuff unbecoming of a supposed world-class newspaper.
To the pasture Isagani Cruz. Write your antiquated dribble there where you hurt no one. A word about your macho sons. Eyebrows do get raised when one boasts needlessly about macho sons. Remember, we are everywhere.