Pride Month keeps marching on a break neck speed! Have you recovered from last weekend yet? Remember this is a marathon not a sprint so hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! This week I am so honored to have interviewed Shannon Pacaoan, one of the producers of the Bakla Show 3 opening this Thursday. It is a great read plus get all the info about what is going down this weekend on both sides of the Bay. It’s gonna be another scorcher of a weekend.
Miz Chris [MC]: Where are you from?
Shannon Pacaoan [SP]:
I was born and raised in a small conservative town in San Luis Obispo County – where Alexis Arquette was attacked with transphobia by local college students, where prop 8 passed and where a cross burning occurred within the last 5 years. But where I’m from? I come from the heart.
[MC]: What does the term Bakla refer to?
The Bakla (Tagalog for ‘gay male’ – a pejorative, mostly stereotyped and ridiculed as the campy effeminate cross-dresser or hairdresser) The show was created in November of 2006 by Kat Evasco and me, as a start of a new movement to reclaim the term ‘BAKLA’. The origin of The Bakla Show began with exploring roots; navigating through the history of the Philippines to find a sense of our culture before the influence and impositions of other countries, ideals, and religions. And it was found in the language, BAKLA broken down to its roots in Baybayin: BA; KA; LA. BAbae, in Tagalog, translates to woman. LAlaki is man. KA, in this word, represents the union of woman and man. Deconstructing the term
bakla detaches it from present derogatory applications and fosters a stronger connection to the Filipino culture by way of our sexuality.
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