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Brian, DJ, Manila, Philippines

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Brian, in his own words: “Being gay means never to apologize for being my true self. That you respect my truths and I shall respect yours as well.

I had to continually fight for my place, the recognition of peers, and constantly remind people that hard work, not faking it matters.

[My coming out] is not as dramatic as how I would imagine.. but I fully came out after my parents have died. First mostly to friends then family. Actually a lot of my relatives might not still know it but I decided it wasn’t important to come out to them.

[The gay community in Manila] has its up and downs. We Filipinos are resilient, optimistic and caring. But like probably any gay community, there are cliques within cliques, with a bit of internal homophobia going around.. but we do rally around a cause when needed.

I should’ve told my younger self, to ‘dare more’. Maybe I was afraid to try a lot of newer things back then. One of them was I should’ve become a DJ earlier.

Rem, Actor/Director/Producer, Manila, Philippines

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Rem, in his own words:“(Being gay is) a label.

I put up my own theater company in 2013. It was the natural evolution after all my years in the theater. Although success has come in critical acclaim, the challenge for any local theater company that only does ‘straight’ plays (non-musical), is profit.

There was no drama or fanfare (to my coming out). There was a struggle of course, when I was younger. The coming out was something that just happened naturally. Friends and family just accepted it.

(The gay community in Manila is) Alive and kicking. Fabulous.

(Advice to my younger self) Be brave. Take more risks.”

Syd, Advertising, Manila, Philippines

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Syd, in his own words: “In my opinion it’s not that hard to be gay here (Manila) I think people are more accepting now. I work in advertising so people don’t care really if you’re gay or not. To date here is easy, I think, with Grindr and Tinder and Facebook. People just add each other on Facebook and start talking. But in a way that makes it more difficult because I think in the back of people’s minds they have too many options so it’s hard to choose. I think that’s a problem now. Technology and social networking, there’s so many options so people can’t settle with one.”