Queerspotting: A safe space to break free

This is an announcement from SpectrumMNL:

MANILA, Philippines — “Lesbians are short-haired plaid-wearing abused-as-kids atheists who hate men.” 

This kind of accusation has already been so used and abused that we don’t even know how to begin deconstructing it. For one, not all lesbians are short-haired. There are those who wear skirts, dresses, and don high heels. Sexuality isn’t a matter of what one’s religion is. (READ: Queerspotting 2014)

Lesbian, bisexual, queer, pansexual, asexual, transgender – there’s a whole spectrum of sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) for every woman. It’s a matter of respecting how one identifies as, and who prefers whom.

Name calling is just a small part of the different struggles that LGBTQ people have faced in years. While the Philippines has been praised as a “gay-friendly” country, “tolerance” just isn’t enough.

Let’s break free from such stereotypes, shall we?

Queerspotting: Prison Break

We are inviting you to Queerspotting: Prison Break, themed after the popular TV series Orange is the New Black, this event aims to encourage women to break free from stereotypes and celebrate women’s sexuality and diversity. 

Happening on Thursday, April 30 at BED Manila, Queerspotting features a spoken word performance by Slac Cayamanda, an acoustic set by Rizza Cabrera, and DJ sets by DJs Cherry Bombs, Ashtray Girl, DBT, and Nazu.

Tickets are sold for P350, inclusive of 1 drink, and will be in the form of baller bands with the following labels: whether you’re single and ready to mingle (green), taken but willing to mingle (orange), taken and off-limits (red), or you’re going to the party to meet friends (yellow). 

Queerspotting is organized by Spectrum MNL, a group of women aiming to provide a safe space where women who love women can come together, build a community, and have fun organizing and redefining LBT parties for women. The group was formed in 2014.

The event is also in cooperation with BLCKSHP PH, and in partnership with Astig.PH, FEIST Magazine, Outrage Magazine, Wazzup Pilipinas, and also brought to you by Bliss Lubricants, Evixi Sportswear, Culture of Ink, Shutter Monster Photo Booth, and Morfosis PH.

See you there, break free! – Rappler.com

To reserve tickets for Queerspotting: Prison Break, you may send in your contact details and which color you’ll be getting at 09274344374 or 09175518520. For more information, you may visit Spectrum MNL on Facebook.