Friday, May 16, 2003

X-Men Day?

After waiting for over an hour under the hot near-noon sun, I managed to get a cab to work. While sweetly readjusting my body temperature to the comforting coolness of the airconditioning, a tidbit from the radio's midday report caught my attention. Ilocos Norte Representative Imee Marcos said in an interview that homosexuals should be acknowledged as important members of society and, in punctuating their contributions to Philippine art and culture, even suggested that they be honored on a special day of the year, which the news reporter (not Marcos) initially tagged as 'X-Men Day.'

X-Men Day?!?!? Ummm.. I DON'T think so.

The way I see it, an LGBT day (that's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered for you) is just icing on a non-existent cake. The LGBT community doesn't need a pat-on-the-back holiday. The crucial cake here involves legislative reforms that grant LGBTs as much civil rights as their straight counterparts. Maybe, just maybe, an LGBT day can raise enough awareness and compassion that can lead to reforms, but nothing is ever certain. The declaration of an LGBT day can spark some interesting debate and harsh protest which can make the situation even more uncomfortable, if not a create a new source of ridicule.

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