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      Published on 09-10-2014 09:00 AM

      This week I catch up with Shanna Holmes who talks fitness plus some of my most favorite events coming this weekend. Read More
      by Published on 06-19-2014 08:05 AM

      Bay Area!!!!! You are looking gorgeous this weekend. Gorgeous weather, gorgeous people, gorgeous places and, of course, many gorgeously diverse things to do. Frameline Fest is happening over the next two weeks, I highlight a couple of must see films but please make sure to check out their full schedule. I am super excited to have had the opportunity to interview transman, Kingston Farady this week, lead actor in Black is Blue which is premiering this week at the film festival. Make sure you mark your calendars. See you out and about this weekend! To read the interview click here.
      by Published on 06-16-2014 07:13 AM

      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.

      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.

      <click here to read the rest of the interview>