LADLAD cries foul on
banning of gay performers in Puerto Galera
By LADLAD Partylist
PASIG CITY – The partylist for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Filipinos,
Ladlad cried foul on the alleged banning of gay performers in Puerto
Galera. The party has called for a dialogue with the local officials
in the island if the news report were true.
“I will personally
visit Puerto Galera and have a dialogue with the local officials about
this matter,” said Ms. Bemz Benedito, first Congressional nominee of
Last Sunday, Ladlad
members reacted to news reports saying that bar owners were
complaining to the local government officials of Puerto Galera for
disallowing gay talents to perform in a show due to lewdness. The
owners reportedly were alarmed because their coffers will surely get
affected because their patrons are always looking for the gay
“This is a clear
violation of their right to work,” Benedito said. “Ladlad will oppose
the approval of this measure,” she added.
On the same report,
the chairman of one of the towns of Puerto Galera already refuted the
claims of the bar owners, saying that they were only reprimanding the
gay performers to tone down the language they are using on stage.
Ladlad further said,
the remedy is an ordinance to prohibit children and an age cap on who
to allow in entering such comedy bars. Prejudice must not set in this
case especially to gay performers.
“In a comedy bar,
children should not be allowed because of the sensitivity of the
language being used in this kind of entertainment. Besides you cannot
control the performers on what to say and do on stage,” Benedito
stressed. “In television, you have an agency that reviews and
classifies programs that suits the right age of its viewers,” Benedito