B/PROUD: A Bench/ Pride Month Special– Part 1 of 4

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Photography by Gabby Cantero
Produced by Paolo Lorenzana with assistance from Ina Jacobe
Shot on location at EDSA Beverage Design Group

You can’t deny the strength in numbers—strength necessary for a war that’s surprisingly still fought today. When Philippine church and state think homosexuality can be suppressed and many Filipinos consider it a joke, it helps to present a reality that’s clear, vivid, and as solid as the number 100.

The B/PROUD campaign was born from this need to overpower narrow-mindedness and empower the fearful and restrained. B/BLOG gathered 100 LGBT folk across Manila’s ambitious new crop of establishments to show queer society out, about, and standing dignified with a rising city.

The campaign’s first venue, EDSA Beverage Design Group, aims to move Filipino craft drinks forward as purposefully as the expressway it stands on. The same can be said about the following 37 individuals and their stance on identity and equality. By capturing the various faces of gay, we’re showing a people loving, living, and building our nation’s tomorrow just like everyone else.

Throughout the first two weeks of Pride Month, we will unveil these personalities being bold, being free, and being proud. Consider this proof that with much pride in being absolutely yourself comes much joy.

Support the campaign and tell us what being gay means to you today. Our hashtag: #100HappyGays

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Jigs Mayuga & George Defiesta, Jr.  

36, Make-up Artist  //  33, Training Manager for a Consulting Company

George: “Being gay has changed a lot. It’s more tolerated now. People have a broader understanding of what gay is now. They have deviated from the usual misconceptions and stereotypes so I think we’ve come a long way in terms of our evolution in society.”

Jigs: “When I was in UP, I was a big activist when it came to gay and lesbian rights. It was the ’90s and there wasn’t much gay visibility then. Today, it’s not as political. Well, being openly gay is political itself. It’s just not as militant as before. It’s just showing people that this is how I am being gay and there are many facets to it. Now it’s more than being just an advocacy. I think being gay now is living my life as myself. ”

La Salle gays

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Franz Mayo, Jappy Posadas, Matthew Chan, Deric Dario, and Karlo Hernandez 

21, Student at CSB // 22, Fresh Graduate // 21, Fresh Graduate // 21, Student at CSB // 22, Student at PSI

Deric: “Being gay today is having more confidence. You believe in yourself more. You don’t limit yourself from anything. You don’t hold back.”

Jappy: “Coming out of the closet is not easy. It’s not a walk in the park. It’s not just saying, “Hey, I’m gay.” It’s a transition; it’s a big change in life. How you deal with people, how you relate to people. It’s opening yourself to the possibilities because the possibilities when you’re straight are so much different from the possibilities when you’re gay. Coming out of the closet is very much liberating in a sense that you are very much free but of course there are certain changes that you have to adapt to.”

Matthew: “I think we’re heading to that point where it doesn’t matter anymore because people are so gender-fluid now. There’s no particular word that can define you anymore because there’s so many types of sexuality: metrosexual, sapiosexual, etc. It’s just another term that’s just gonna be a distant memory. Everything is opening up, all the opportunities.”

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Jose Mendoza, Gille Apilado, Gelo Echon, Rica Salomon, Enzo Tuason, and Tina Micu

21, 21, 21, 22, 20, 22 // Members of Ateneo de Manila University’s DOLLHOUSE

The Dollhouse: “Gay today is confidence in owning your sexuality. I know there’s still oppression in several parts of the world but I think the society in general or the world in general is more open about it. Not necessarily open to what being gay is but they know that it exists and it’s not going anywhere. But even if there’s still oppression in different parts of the world, there’s a strong opposition to the oppression. So you know you have your detractors and you have your haters but you also have your freedom fighters. Some are actually putting up a fight that being gay or the idea of being gay is not even a moral issue to begin with. And I think that that in itself gives us, the gays of today, confidence and comfort in our sexuality.”

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Marga Meily Bermudez 

24, Club & Events Emcee

Marga: “Gay is evolving and is slowly being accepted by society. Which is something we have all been waiting for for the longest time. I hope this campaign will help push that even more.”

Perci

Perci Cendaña 

37, Commissioner-at-Large at the National Youth Commission

Perci: “While some people would say that gay people are accepted now, I strongly disagree. The fight for equality still has a long way to go. I would characterize the situation as more of tolerance. I hope that there will come a time, maybe not today but in the very near future, that acceptance and equality with be the norm rather than the exception. As long as people still don’t feel comfortable having a gay mayor, a gay senator, a gay congressman, and as long as parents would rather have their children straight rather than gay, there’s still a long way to go. Being gay today is still a constant struggle for acceptance, for equality, for equal rights. I just hope that the advent of technology, where people are more aggressive in putting their content out there, will be able to use that platform to promote the message of equality and respect for gay persons. Diversity is as real as the more tactile things in society.”

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Patrick Ty 

Creative Director at Metro Magazine 

Patrick: “It’s one of the decisions you make when you’re growing up. And It’s a big decision that entails a lot more decisions that affect the direction of your life. I like the idea of being able to choose. I mean it goes for any other person but in this case particularly, the most important point is the celebration of your choice.”

Jerome Gomez

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Jerome Gomez 

40, Senior Features Editor at Esquire Philippines 

Jerome: “Gay for me is a party. It’s a celebration of who you are no matter who you are, what you love, and who you love. I just think that it’s like a party, Woodstock or a Pinoy fiesta, or Coachella maybe. Embracing who you are. That’s it.”

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Maco Custodio, Shoe Designer

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Eldzs Mejia & Fold Canela

24, Fashion Editor at Metro Magazine  // 26, Videographer & Lecturer at SoFA

Eldzs: “When I was a kid, I thought being gay was wrong. Eventually I saw many creative achievers who were gay and that inspired me to be out. This generation of gay people is very lucky to have more sources of inspiration.”

Fold: “It’s being proud of what you can bring to the table. It’s a celebration of who you are, what you can do, and what you can show the world in your own way.”

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Ryan Pinili

Physical Therapist & President of Take the Test Campaign, Inc.

Ryan: “Gay today is to be free, responsible, and an empowered individual. These people are responsible enough to be safe, to know their status, and empowered enough to make responsible choices.”

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Wanggo Gallaga

34, Poet & Advocate of HIV Awareness & Prevention

Wanggo: “Well, right now it’s very polarizing. Because now, you either have to accept it or totally don’t. You have countries in Eastern Europe, Asia, and the Middle East where people can die just for being a homosexual. And then there are states in the US and countries that are allowing gay marriage and saying that’s it’s perfectly alright to be gay. These are things that I never thought would be happening in my lifetime. The difference in my situation is that I’ve never had a problem with it. My parents have always known. I had a brother who came out before me. My whole family knew, my friends knew, the people in work knew. I’ve never had to hide. And I never had to be afraid. And I’ve never experienced discrimination or stigma. But it’s not that way for the whole world.

It’s a very exciting time to be gay. Because now if you fight for it, if you stand for who you are, you choose to want people to accept you for who you are. You’ll have people to come to your defense. It’s a big step forward. We’re at a turning point. There’s no denying that it’s out there and people have to make a decision about it.”

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Koji Arsua & Nikko Panti 

Writer at Philippine Star’s Supreme & Art Publicist // Writer & Segment Producer

Koji: “It’s not about your sexual orientation. It’s about being who you are.”

Nikko: “We’re everywhere, in different fields and industries. It’s more accepted now than before. Because of that, I’m happier to be gay.”

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Gio Gahol 

26, Freelance Theater Actor, Dancer, and Art Director

Gio: “Being gay is about breaking a structure. It’s really openness to different kinds of possibilities and opportunities. We, a lot of gays, lesbians, homosexuals, we venture into different fields. I mean what you’re doing now, you’re featuring a 100 gay people and they’re all from different industries, keeping themselves busy, their interests varied. It’s not just freedom na I’m free to do whatever I want. It’s freedom with direction. You can dabble in creative work, be a businesswoman, businessman, business…gay (laughs). I’m sure there’s still discrimination but at the end of the day, if you’re gay and you’re doing it your way, then that in itself is already outstanding.”

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Robbie Piñera & James Burn 

35, Make-Up Artist // 21, Chef

Robbie: “It’s an exciting time to be gay. More so for the next generation.”

James: “Gays will conquer the world someday.”

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Daniel Darwin

Performance Artist & Fire Dancer

Daniel: “I think that there is a division between how Filipinos are taught to see gay and feel about being gay. Gay today in Manila is a bit confused between its head and its heart. What I’m really interested in is the heart that seems to be really open not only to what it means to be gay but what it means to love who you love. What I use is the word queer. It doesn’t really matter what’s attached to the body or what’s between the legs. What you fall in love with is the person. And what I think is that Filipinos in a very deep and intuitive level understand that wholeheartedly. It’s just that we get caught up in our belief system, which I think is a little bit behind.”

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 Don Jaucian & Paulo Edrosolano

26, Assistant Editor at Rogue Magazine // 32, Senior Research Director for a Market Intelligence Firm

Don: “Pop culture-wise, there’s been a shift in the depiction of gay men. There are films like Zombadings that hinge to the stereotype but at the same time talk about the whole situation. And then yung TV shows like Looking where being gay is not central to the whole show but manage to show the lifestyle more broadly. I also think gay men don’t want to be labeled solely as gay. They want to be associated with the work that they do, the lifestyle that they have. May stigma ‘pag sinabing “ay bakla yan.” But I think a lot of gay men right now are pushing that stereotype away, fighting the perception that being gay defines you as a person. There’s really so much more than that.”

Paulo: “A lot of the cultural concepts that we associate with gay have already changed in the span of what, a decade? In the Philippines, siguro ’til the late ’90s, you’d still hear the word “silahis.” Now, you won’t hear it at all unless it’s an older person talking. Although there are some people, especially in the fringes of the country, that aren’t affected by this because of their cultural isolation. I think that also has an effect on human rights. People in the metro are more tolerant, but if you’re in the provinces, people still have the stereotypes and gay people still have to put up with their consequences.”

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Martin Yambao

25, Brand Manager at Rajo Laurel

Martin: “Gay today is everything. Gay today is a totes must.”

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Alex Castro & Camille Legaspi  

 23, Law Student at UP Diliman // 25, Agency Communication Specialist for PrulifeUK

 Alex: “In the context of the LGBT movement, I do recognize, for example, there are a lot of improvements that we need. But I don’t think that “gay” or “LGBT” should matter. I think in the long run that there shouldn’t even be a word for it anymore. Like right now, people say, “Ah she’s a girl, he’s a guy. And the rest are gay people,” but if you’re aiming for true equality in our society, the goal should be to abolish the labels, the divisions, the divisiveness of what we have now.”

Camille: “To put it simply, it’s as normal as breathing. It shouldn’t be hyped up the way it is now. Para kasi siyang trend, especially sa TV shows, na nagkakaroon ng “Pogay” and “That’s my Tomboy,” although I think it’s okay ’cause mas nae-encourage mag-out yung tao. Kasi feeling nila mas tanggap sila.”

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 Martin Castañeda, Adrianne Concepcion, and Nyko Rodriguez 

27, Public Relations Maven // Fashion Editor at Garage Magazine // 25, Public Relations Maven

Adrianne: “Gay today is #DontFuckWithUs.”

Nyko: “Gay today is being the best in everything you do.”

Martin: “Gay today is love.”

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Divine Lee 

32, Slasher – Host, Blogger, Fierce Advocate of Gay Rights, and “Mother”

Divine: “Having gay friends has always been about love. Even at my lowest point, they have always been there for me. Love is sacrifice, too, right? Now, I’m happy to know that many of them sacrifice less. But honestly, these things that they’re fighting for and that we’re fighting for for them should be freely given. And yet they still come off as the happiest people I know. They’re being deprived of human rights yet they still have it in their heart naTulungan ko muna si ate kasi may problema.’ I feel like they were so overflowing with love that society had no choice but to accept that love.”

 

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  • Harold Malig Gomez

    nice campaign

  • exceedlover 렉카

    Good job BENCH, very brave, bold and provocative.
    Don’t mind those bigots, hypocrites and so-called “Morality defenders”, whatever they do changes seems to be imminent and must be respected otherwise they most likely to left behind in their dark ages of mentality. Stand out! and Be Proud!

    • True_Catholic

      Bad job BENCH, very biased, pro-gay and definitely provocatively destructive to our youth!

      Don’t mind those who express only LGBT ideology and promote homosexual lifestyle that are detrimental to the gender insecurity of our young people.

      Persons with same sex attractions who want to follow the will of God and the voice of the Church exist! We dare to stand against a pro-gay culture!

  • boysinpixels

    more flesh pls.

    • True_Catholic

      this goes to show how Bench sells SEX 🙂

  • Rowie Barcelona

    Hello Bench,

    Do you accept nominations? I would like to nominate someone and hopefully you can feature him for the Pride Month.

    Thanks,

  • dobby

    great campaign kaso ang konti ng queer female representation, sana next year you accept nominations cause there are a lot of successful and beautiful queer women who can represent 🙂 just sayin

    • Harold Malig Gomez

      I agree. Sana lahat ng LGBTQ may representation =D

  • Tomboy

    Guys, this is just part 1 of 4. 🙂

  • Barnard

    The effort is commendable and it seems that this is just the first part. But they don’t represent the ones who truly need the representation and the ones who also deserve the respect of society.

    They are the middle-affluent, successful gay individuals who have had the privilege to be out and proud.

    It’s just like condoning the notion that as long as you have worth, like being the breadwinner, being an achiever, you are entitled to acceptance, which is not how human rights work.

    These rights are for everyone. I just hope that the next batches would feature ordinary people who struggle more and live more difficult lives. They also have inspiring lives worth sharing.

    • True_Catholic

      Calling on mass media practitioners in the Philippines!

      Everything that is now shown in local television, movies and print media is all about glorifying and highlighting the gay lifestyle, of people who come out as gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender, of indoctrinating our young people to embrace this identity as an alternative lifestyle.

      Why have we not seen anything about persons with same-sex attractions that are struggling to remain chaste, and are rediscovering that sexual attractions is merely a part of one’s personhood and should not define their totality of being?

      Why does our mass media insist on bombarding our public with one-sided presentations on homosexuality? Why do they continue to deny the existence of non-gays and ex-gays?

      • gaygod

        Because the struggle you’re pertaining to is pointless. It’s nega. And truly, being gay isn’t just about sex or the attraction and it absolutely does not exclusively define anyone. So why are you arguing that way? Gay is empowering. Where’d that come from? How do you live with yourself everyday? How do you keep on punishing something so beautiful about you? Do you not feel deprived? Do you not feel un-whole? And don’t say that you’ve got your god cos, honey, if you’ve got your god, you wouldn’t be hatin’ yourself so much. God is love. You’re all hate in you on you.

        • True_Catholic

          God is indeed love, and He would want all of us unto himself.

          Read how homosexual sin perverts our relationship with God

          “The wrath of God is indeed being revealed from heaven against every impiety and wickedness of those who suppress the truth by their wickedness. For what can be known about God is evident to them, because God made it evident to them. Ever since the creation of the world, his invisible attributes of eternal power and divinity have been able to be understood and perceived in what he has made.r As a result, they have no excuse; for although they knew God they did not accord him glory as God or give him thanks. Instead, they became vain in their reasoning, and their senseless minds were darkened. While claiming to be wise,t they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for the likeness of an image of mortal man or of birds or of four-legged animals or of snakes. Therefore, God handed them over to impurity through the lusts of their hearts* for the mutual degradation of their bodies. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie and revered and worshiped the creature rather than the creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. Therefore, God handed them over to degrading passions. Their females exchanged natural relations for unnatural, and the males likewise gave up natural relations with females and burned with lust for one another. Males did shameful things with males and thus received in their own persons the due penalty for their perversity. And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God handed them over to their undiscerning mind to do what is improper.” – Romans 1:18-28

          • LumpySpacePrince

            Actually if you really go through the verse it’s not just about “homosexual sin” per se. In fact, no such word ever existed during that time hence Paul tries, as best as he could, to illustrate them. If you study the original text, the modern scientific understanding of “homosexuals” is non-existent. The original text would illustrate these as people who sell themselves for sex, people who covet sex outside of their marriages and people who engage in pedophilia.

            Consider also that the letters were written to address a specific era (and place) in time where covetous acts such as these are not illegal and even encouraged.

            Romans chapter 1 is an instructional for the new churches in Rome– a guide to understand what it is to be Christian living the (at that time) the world’s capital. The churches at Romans were living exactly as the non-believers do and have not shifted their lifestyle from who they were before accepting Christ. This means that majority of the churches still cling to idols and continue performing religious customs that are contrary to what Christianity is. Hence Paul listing down do’s and don’ts and reprimanding the churches there. (He reveals this in Chapter 2)

            “Read how homosexual sin perverts our relationship with God”, you said. I would argue to change that to “read how sin” because to God there is no distinction from one sin to the other. Which is why Paul tries to list down every single sin (or sin category) he could think of (ver 18-32) and reveals later that this isn’t (just) “them” but it’s “us” (Chapter 2 and 3). Our God is a God of absolutes. It’s “either-or” for Him. Christianity is an impossible doctrine/religion/dogma because everyone now is a sinner– hence the need for Christ’s redemption.(Roms 6: 23) This becomes the crux of the whole Romans book.

            There’s no such thing as a “homosexual sin” there’s only SIN and that is genderless. Going back to the verse above, here’s a lengthy but informative read on how the verses and the arguments that you pose perpetuates homophobia and what it really means.

            http://www.fundotrasovejas.org.ar/ingles/articulos/The%20Ten%20Myths%20.pdf

            While I do understand your zeal in spreading the good news, I have some concerns on your fixation on verses and passages that are (arguably) anti-homosexual. Do remember that bulk of the Bible is about God’s love. Jesus, in fact, never mentions homosexuality in his teachings. This should give you a perception on how little the issue really is. Read the document above and meditate on His word and always come from a position of love.

            Personally I applaud what Bench is willing to do for the LGBT community. These type of breaking-down-of-borders campaign help fight against discriminatory and homophobia and I wish, with all my heart, that you would too. 🙂

            Will definitely pray for you, brother (or sister).

          • True_Catholic

            Telling the truth in love is not homophobic nor anti-homosexual, as you propose.

            True, SIN is anything that perverts our relationship with God, not just homosexual sin. But denying that such a sin exist is a disservice to persons with same sex attractions who want to follow the will of God.

            Also, proposing that Paul only wrote for the people of his own time, you would have to dismiss all his other teachings as not relevant to our own time as well – otherwise, you are merely justifying homosexual practices.

            Romans 1 is very clear about the sin of “men burning with lust with each other” and “females exchanging what is natural for the unnatural”. Neglecting to tell the truth about homosexuality is not love – it is apathy. It is allowing people to drop off the cliff without warning.

            I am a person with same sex attractions. I have lived that sad, unfulfilling, sinful homosexual lifestyle. I am on a journey of healing, and will relentlessly proclaim the truth about homosexuality.

            God loves persons with same sex attractions so much that He constantly calls them unto Himself, despite of their cyclical pursuit of fleeting happiness and false lovers (and the health risk of contracting HIV AIDS – many cases are men having sex with men).

            BENCH has just presented a very biased representation of persons with same-sex attractions – giving voice only to those who embrace LGBT ideology and promote the homosexual lifestyle!

            We promote boycott of all BENCH products!

            Will definitely pray for truth to be proclaimed in love!

    • Bubbles Parusa

      Everyone struggles. You think these people didn’t once struggle in finding ways to love themselves? If they don’t struggle in attaining something, it wouldn’t be success, it would be privilege. The point is to show people who, despite being what many still deem a disorder, overcome struggle and make something of themselves.

      • True_Catholic

        I agree that all persons should always be on a constant struggle to overcome themselves – and there should be a clear distinction that what we feel doesn’t define who we are, and homosexual feelings should not define a person, because he or she should be so much more than being homosexual.

        However, Bench and cohorts of gay culture are defining and classifying people based on their sexual orientation – that is limiting and sadly, minimizing the capacity of each person.

    • Jack

      Indeed!..

  • True_Catholic

    Calling on mass media practitioners in the Philippines!

    Everything that is now shown in local television, movies and print media is all about glorifying and highlighting the gay lifestyle, of people who come out as gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender, of indoctrinating our young people to embrace this identity as an alternative lifestyle.

    Why have we not seen anything about persons with same-sex attractions that are struggling to remain chaste, and are rediscovering that sexual attractions is merely a part of one’s personhood and should not define their totality of being?

    Why does our mass media insist on bombarding our public with one-sided presentations on homosexuality? Why do they continue to deny the existence of non-gays and ex-gays?

    When will we see them feature this “third way”?

    It’s about time media prove that they are not pro-gay, and staunched on the gay agenda. God have mercy on us!

    http://vimeo.com/93079367

    • efriend

      Oh c’mon! As if Radio Veritas is not enough for you. Leave them alone. Do not impose your beliefs on other people. We live in a democratic society. This is not a Taliban Nation.

      • True_Catholic

        When you say “do not impose your beliefs on other people” – are you not imposing your own beliefs on us as well? Isn’t by glorifying homosexuality through these posters, you are actually imposing the culture of homosexuality upon the Filipino people? We live in a democratic society, you say. Then we are entitled to our own opinions. The problem is that moral relativists such as you would just present your own opinions, and attack everyone else who have a different opinion from you. I would repeat you attack: This is not a Taliban nation. 🙂

        • efriend

          Sweetie, you are lucky you don’t live in San Francisco. There is no attack yet here in Manila. Get out of this territory or they will attack your own territory. You don’t want the extremist group to attack you, right? You don’t want the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, men in drag, to receive Holy Communion and make a statement, right? You don’t want people to distribute condoms after the Sunday Mass, right? Get out!

          • True_Catholic

            We expect these things to happen as well, but we will not give up the fight, even if it means shedding our blood for our faith.

        • I swing both ways

          Ang dami mong oras sa pagreply sa lahat. If you’re too weak to handle these “pornographic” images you speak of, then just don’t look at it. You might jizz your pants pa, yuck… “kadiri”

          • True_Catholic

            I have time to clarify things for those who may be willing to listen.
            Regarding pornography, yes thank you for reminding me not to look at it. In fact, I have ceased to look at it. But can the youth stop looking at it? Is Bench aware that young people are being led to early sexualization because of their pornographic images on billboards?

            I would continue proclaiming a boycott against Bench.
            I would actually do that this Saturday.

        • gaygod

          It’s a free country but it ain’t free to hate. Even if you already hate yourself. Just keep on hating yourself and don’t spread it.

          • True_Catholic

            Is expressing another opinion about homosexuality already considered hate crime? Wow, then it is not a free country after all. 🙂

    • Tomboy

      You lost me at True_Catholic.

      • True_Catholic

        I am a True Catholic. I follow the teachings of the Church.

        Please read the Catechism:

        “Chastity and homosexuality

        2357 Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex. It has taken a great variety of forms through the centuries and in different cultures. Its psychological genesis remains largely unexplained. Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity,141 tradition has always declared that “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.”142 They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.

        2358 The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God’s will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord’s Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition.

        2359 Homosexual persons are called to chastity. By the virtues of self-mastery that teach them inner freedom, at times by the support of disinterested friendship, by prayer and sacramental grace, they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection.”

        http://www.vatican.va/archive/ccc_css/archive/catechism/p3s2c2a6.htm

        • Hgtushyf

          @True_Catholic Wehhh di nga?

          • True_Catholic

            Yes I am. I sure hope you are as well. God bless you

          • Meep

            That catechism snippet was obviously based on what’s written on the Bible but I’m wondering how you catholics/christians choose which snippets of the Bible to be deemed practical for daily usage. Do you eat shrimp? Do you eat anything without proper-Kosher preparation? I read in Leviticus 11:10 that is a serious sin to do so. Fabric blending in Leviticus 19:19 is also banned: “You are to keep my statutes. You shall not breed together two kinds of your cattle; you shall not sow your field with two kinds of seed, nor wear a garment upon you of two kinds of material mixed together” – which also goes to say breeding of dogs and mix breeding of dogs are bad. All dogs, even pure breeds, have already been bred using different kinds and considering how synthetic all our fabric are nowadays, isn’t that sin as well? Also in Exodus 21:15-17 and Deutoronomy 21:18-21, a child shall be put to death if s/he has disobeyed their parents. Psalm 137:9 reads, “Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones.” So how do you choose which one is the actual word of God? I am curious.

          • True_Catholic

            Reading the Word of God must be according to the context of the book being read – whether it be historical, prophetic, Gospels etc.

            Historic books must be read as it is, historical – the story of the Jewish people from Abraham to Jesus. Prophetic books must be read as both speaking to the Jewish people on that particular time of their history, and to us who are living the new covenant of God’s love.

            Even with these being said, we attribute the whole Bible as the word of God – as the love story of our God to mankind culminating with THE WORD who is Jesus Christ.

            The Church, given the keys of the Kingdom of heaven to bind and to loose, is the authority that enables us to interpret the Scriptures on matters of faith and morals. And the Scriptures also speak to each faithful disciple on one’s unique journey towards God.

    • hereherehere

      Here’s the thing, honey:

      When you don’t recognize that a person with same-sex attractions or differing sexual and gender identities *can* remain and could be chaste and/or God-fearing and/or true Catholics (whatever that means) without their having to mention it, you are focusing squarely on their queerness and ignoring everything else.

      When you tell a person “You should try being non-gay or an ex-gay” you are telling them that gayness should be fixed and they have no other way to live because of their orientation or identity.

      When you call a person’s being gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or any other sexual identity or orientation a “lifestyle” or an “agenda” or when you discriminate or allow for discrimination against LGBT or queer people then might I ask:

      Aren’t *you* the one defining the totality of their being on their difference?

      • True_Catholic

        LGBT is a limiting “label” that political activists who pushes for the gay agenda are using to include every person with same sex attractions. It says to a person, your sexual orientation defines the totality of yourself – this is not true.

        A person has a lot to offer and a lot more to discover other than sexual orientation and gender identity. Exactly as you have said “you are focusing squarely on their queerness and ignoring everything else.” That is LGBT mentality. That is why we are saying we are persons with same-sex attractions.

        I am saying that we do exist – persons with same-sex attractions that do not espouse the LGBT mentality. We live chaste lives and are promoting that persons should not be limited by LGBT labels. We are what I call non-gay and ex-gay, because though we may have lived a homosexual lifestyle once, we deemed it as empty and full of lies.

        You say “Aren’t *you* the one defining the totality of their being on their difference?” – I could say the same thing to you… If you continue to deny our presence and insist that only LGBT people exist, then you are damning us in a lifestyle that we have already rejected.

        • Tomboy

          Yo, if you truly want to represent persons with same sex attractions but do not espouse the LGBT mentality, then fucking REPRESENT!!! Do not hide behind anonymity. Who are you? You claim you exist, well then own up to it. You cannot enlighten people by hding in the dark. You are such a hypocrite.

          • True_Catholic

            I am not hiding in the dark. I am actually giving talks on homosexuality. I am giving my testimonies to anyone who would listen. But media is a very noisy gong that stifles the voices that does not agree to its agenda. Thank you for labeling me – it does say a lot about the LGBT community.

          • gaygod

            I hope no one listens to you anymore. Waste of time. Waste of your life too.

          • True_Catholic

            I have just spoken to an assembly of priests. I think it is not a waste of my life. I think I am enjoying telling people that there is a THIRD WAY in dealing with homosexuality – not with condemnation nor tolerance, but with truth in love.

            http://vimeo.com/93079367

  • Tomboy

    “These rights are for everyone. I just hope that the next batches would feature ordinary people who struggle more and live more difficult lives. They also have inspiring lives worth sharing.” — Barnard

    While i know the point of your statement, it is also quite contrived to assume that there is no struggle happening in these peoples’ lives. We do not fully know the extent of their personal affairs aside from their name, age and what they do for a living. These are ordinary people as far as I am concerned. Nothing out of the ordinary here. Just gay people in fashionable clothes.

    • True_Catholic

      Can you truthfully say that persons with same sex attractions who struggle (as you pointed out) with these unwanted attractions are represented in these advertisements?

      Bench is biased in favor of persons who embrace their homosexuality and proclaim themselves as gay and proud. They do not represent those who TRULY STRUGGLE with unwanted homosexual attractions.

  • True_Catholic

    Let BENCH know that we are starting a boycott of their products (I am including this campaign in my talks across schools and parishes) since they continue to display pornographic and controversial images such as these. Even in our own little way, we would not stop until we make a dent on the sales of Bench products all over the country. We will knock at every door of every true Filipino Catholic who still values family and life to stop buying Bench products for us to make a statement that we would stand on our moral principles on the family and on the value of every human person as image bearers of God, not as sex objects and guinea pigs of their marketing team. God, have mercy on your people!

    • frescoedechoes

      As if we are not inundated enough with LGBT campaigns in mainstream media! It’s getting harder and harder to protect my children from receiving these contrived messages! This brand is really getting DESPERATE. In malls their boutiques are filled with photos of famous people in their underwear… and now this? Do you ever stop to think that CHILDREN might get the wrong idea? You’re giving parents like me a huge headache! Perhaps an online petition is in order? Or perhaps we should report this to the MTRCB?

      • This campaign is beyond the mandate of the MTRCB. The onus of educating children on sexual identity and expression is on their parents.

        • True_Catholic

          But mass media is inundating the youth on sexual material and gender preference, even if these young people are merely genderly insecure – they are pushing them to embrace the gay lifestyle

          • Mass media is inundating all of us with depictions of violence, images of famine and the effects of corruption. Are we being pushed to perpetuate all of this or to take action? That’s for the viewer to decide. And if the viewer is a child, then it is the duty of that child’s parents to see to the child’s education.

          • True_Catholic

            Do you not see the news how sex and violence inundates our daily experience as a nation? Are we just to shrug off the effects of media to our young people? It is the duty of parents, yes. But it is also the duty of media to guard the morality of our nation. Nations where sex and violence are promoted by media are seen with their youth doing these very same things. Reap what you sow – rule of the universe.

          • gaygod

            I realized, the reason why you keep on referencing sex in relation to the gays is that it’s something you’re not getting any of. Hahahahahahaha!

          • True_Catholic

            Thank you for making a personal attack when you can’t get any logical argument. I am discovering the richness of my sexuality, and having sex is not part of the equation. I have led a “rich sex life” for the most part of my youth, but all it ever brought me was a frustrating egotistical and paranoid living. I am better off living a chaste life. 🙂

          • gaygod

            You’re still obviously sexually insecure too. You say inundate? I say, not enough! It should pour gay everywhere and people like you will just perish. The end of hate.

          • True_Catholic

            The end of hate is when you stop labeling people as LGBT or any other label you see fit. The end of hate is recognizing that there is more to people than being homosexual, and that having homosexual feelings is not the end to itself. A person can change and abandon homosexuality. http://www.peoplecanchange.com

          • True_Catholic

            I sure do not hate you. I am just expressing my opinion on this issue. But the thing is: do you hate me for doing so? Then I guess you are the ones who have hate issues.

            Problem is, LGBT people express that they do not want haters. But when someone expresses a different opinion from them, they immediately attack them on a personal way. Haters? Please check who hates who. 🙂

      • Anon – peace

        Can you please enlighten me why homosexuality — basically being human making choices that are harmless to others — is a wrong idea? As far as I’m concerned, what’s wrong is when people fail to teach their children that these people are human (complete with feelings, a functioning mind) too, and deserve as much love as other people do.

        • True_Catholic

          You say homosexuality – being human, making choices that are harmless to others… is it? Is it being human to look at bodies as objects of pleasure instead of looking at them as God-bearers? Is it being human to just choose to have sex with anyone, anywhere, anyhow? Is it human to view relationships as an abyss where one can fulfill all needs, instead of centering these relationships on God? Are we really making choices that are harmless to others when the very ones who are making these choices are troubled and haunted by their choices? Are we really making choices that are harmless to others when in pursuing these choices the essence of marriage between a man and a woman is destroyed, the young people are more confused about their sexuality, the culture is shaped by the homosexual agenda?

      • gaygod

        Your children are probably gay already and I pity them for having a parent like you. If they commit suicide cos you can’t accept them for who they are, it’s on you. Embrace it or be left behind.

        • True_Catholic

          I am on a process of healing, and I would ask God’s help to ensure the gender security of my future children. 🙂

  • Anna Cosio

    Hi, Bench! Please also feature people with same-sex attraction but are doing their best to live chaste lives. IMO, that is actually more courageous and deserving of a celebration. And yes, these people have a legitimate reason to be proud. 🙂 Let us show people with same-sex attraction that giving in to their homosexual feelings is not the only choice they have, but there is also a better, purer, and healthier choice, which is more liberating. 😉

    • Your suggestion implies that none of these people are living your definition of “chaste lives”. How are we to know the kind of life they are living? Who are we to judge who is chaste or who is not, based on the information available? That’s not something one can discern from pictures or snippets of text.

      • Anna Cosio

        Thank you, JP, for pointing that out, but really, that wasn’t what I was trying to imply. If any of the featured people above do try to live “chaste lives,” then I only hope that Bench would’ve emphasized or at least mentioned that detail. Because based on their post above, the only choice they mentioned for people with SSA is to give in to their homosexual inclination. But not everyone who does have a homosexual inclination pursues a homosexual relationship. Why aren’t they getting as much affirmation and recognition? Are they considered less brave, less bold, and simply less in every other way, by the LGBT community?

        • True_Catholic

          This goes to show the bias that Bench has for pro-gay persons, those who promote the homosexual lifestyle. It goes to show how they do not value the hope that we present for persons with same sex attractions -that they could change, and they have another option than embracing the homosexual lifestyle. You wouldn’t see persons who are known to promote chastity on their billboards. There are a lot of examples such as Ansel Beluso, Vins Santiago, Fanny Serrano and other celebrities that are known to practice chastity.

          • There is no such thing as “the homosexual lifestyle” in the same way that there is no “heterosexual lifestyle”. Also, clearly, the point of this campaign is not to promote wanton promiscuity, but to challenge stereotypical perceptions of the LGBT community and to look beyond “SSA”.

          • True_Catholic

            Then why not include persons who may not necessarily agree with LGBT principles but who nonetheless also experience same sex attractions? Isn’t it a bias to be doing so – to be featuring only those who embrace the LGBT ideas, and marginalize those homosexual persons who are living a chaste life?

          • True_Catholic

            I am challenging stereotypical perceptions of the LGBT community that we exist – homosexual persons who do not embrace a lifestyle that promotes homosexual behaviors, both sexual and relational, but instead practice chastity – can you straight forwardly tell me that there are persons featured here by Bench that do not practice homosexual behaviors? Is there anyone in these photos that publicly profess that they are chaste?

          • Hello Panda

            Eh di mag-Penshoppe ka nalang!

          • True_Catholic

            Yes, we are doing that, and we are encouraging our fellow Christians to boycott Bench for promoting these and controversial (sometimes even pornographic) images in their advertisements. Thank you for affirming our position 🙂

          • Meep

            So which Bible is more closest to the teachings of the Lord? the ASV, KJV, CCB, CWD, CJB, CEV, GNB, ISV, or the Torah?

        • Chastity or the lack thereof is not the focus of this campaign, nor is it merely a campaign about “people with SSA”.

          • True_Catholic

            Then what is it? It clearly is a celebration of LGBT right? So it means you are promoting homosexual lifestyle. 🙂

          • Please tell me what “the homosexual lifestyle” is. While you’re at it, tell me what “the heterosexual lifestyle” is too.

          • True_Catholic

            One of the things you may be surprised to know is that human sexuality is such a complex topic, and should not be reduced to homosexuality and heterosexuality, gay or straight. The homosexual lifestyle is producing that polarizing effect when it shows merely persons living out their gay identity, while pushing others on the margins of the culture – especially those persons with same-sex attractions who may not agree to living out as a gay person.

          • Clearly, you hedged around my question. You failed to define what exactly you meant when you mentioned the so-called “homosexual lifestyle”. Thing is, you wouldn’t have been able to, simply because the homosexual lifestyle does not exist. A gay person does not necessarily live their life the way another gay person does. By using the term “homosexual lifestyle”, you posit that all LGBTs have just one kind of lifestyle, which is clearly not possible. The same goes for heterosexuals: not all straight people have sex or get married or decide to have kids.

          • True_Catholic

            Nope, I have answered your question – you just didn’t see it.
            Look at all the models that have posed for this – are they not living a common lifestyle that is being promoted by the gay agenda?
            A lifestyle that says “I’m gay and I am proud of it”, and “I could do whatever I want”, particularly engaging in same-sex relationships whether it be sexual or otherwise? Because if Bench really wants to be balanced, they should be featuring also individuals who may have same sex attractions, but does not espouse LGBT ideologies.

            We exist, we have same-sex attractions, but we do not label ourselves LGBT nor do we live our lives according to the ideas presented by LGBT movements. We choose to rise above our same sex attractions, and choose not to be defined by it.

          • True_Catholic

            Simply put, Bench misrepresents persons with same-sex attractions by choosing only those who represent LGBT ideologies.

            And we are breaking our silence. We exist!

          • True_Catholic

            Clearly, you have failed to see my answer to your question..

            Do you really believe that LGBT doesn’t have one kind of lifestyle?

            So why is it that media has not spoken of persons with same sex attractions who do not espouse embracing a gay identity, having gay relationships, and living a chaste life? Why has media like Bench only carrying persons who publicly proclaim “gay and proud”?

            We exist, and we are not represented by mass media.

            Media is biased for persons who proclaim themselves gay and proud.

            If you’re interested, here’s what one website say about homosexual lifestyle:

            “The current media portrayal of gay and lesbian relationships is that they are as healthy, stable and loving as heterosexual marriages — or even more so. Medical associations are promoting somewhat similar messages. Sexual relationships between members of the same sex, however, expose gays, lesbians and bisexuals to extreme risks of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs), physical injuries, mental disorders and even a shortened life span.”

            http://factsaboutyouth.com/posts/health-risks-of-the-homosexual-lifestyle/

        • Tomboy

          You sound tense, hun. Date kita gusto mo? 🙂

          • True_Catholic

            Shifting from intellectual argument to personal. Quite typical of LGBT persons who promote homosexuality.

      • True_Catholic

        JP if two persons of the same sex are asked to pose on camera as they are kissing each other, would we surmise that they are chaste? Can we not make a conclusion that featuring celebrity persons who are known to be active in the homosexual lifestyle are not chaste? Do you even know that being chaste means having a singular heartbeat for the Lord – and not just not having sex? Yes, that cannot be measured, but photos depicting otherwise (such as kissing photos of same-sex persons) can easily be seen 🙂

        • So, if two people in a picture are kissing, you have enough evidence to conclude that those people are indeed unchaste? There is no justice and fairness in jumping to that conclusion.

          Also, if being chaste does indeed mean more than just not having sex, then you have clearly disregarded the other people featured in this campaign. Again, neither you nor I nor anyone else can say anything conclusive about their faith or lifestyle just by these pictures and quotes. A true Catholic would let God judge them for Himself.

          • True_Catholic

            Then I challenge any of those featured here to profess that they are practicing chastity. Because if there is no one featured here that is practicing chastity, then I would find this kind of advertising to be very biased to favor a group of people that does not represent all walks of life of being homosexual.

    • Anon – peace

      Chastity, or the lack thereof, may be a matter of courage — that is, the courage of not giving in to sexual pressure made by peers or the partner — but it should never be a quality that insinuates braver decisions and more worth. Chastity is a choice just as much as a commitment to a sexually active lifestyle with the partner is. Like all personal choices, it’s respected, not weighed.

      How can you also assume that all these people featured here aren’t chaste? As far as I know, chastity is a trait best exuded in silence. It’s not like the crew here went around asking people if they were chaste or not. Would you want strangers prodding about your sex life for mere sound bites? I don’t think so.

      • True_Catholic

        Tell me, is there any feature of media about homosexuals that are chaste? If we want to break any stigmatization of LGBT persons, probably we should include chastity into the equation. In an advertising world that is branded to sell SEX, we have yet to see persons whom young people can emulate that practice chastity. These hedonistic times, chastity should be promoted as a good example. We exist, and we bring good news that intimate relationships are possible without sex. 🙂

      • True_Catholic

        I agree that chastity is a matter of courage, courage to be able to tell the world that I do not agree that the only way for you to be loved is to have sex.

        • gaygod

          The only way for you to be loved is when you love yourself first.

          • True_Catholic

            Loving yourself does not lead to a fulfilling life. It is knowing that God loves you so much that He leads you unto Himself the only source of love – not man, not your feelings of who you are – but just God.

            A fulfilling life is not found in gay life – where at the end of the day is just egotistical, narcissistic, frustrating, disappointing kind of love. A person with same-sex attractions must “seek the will of God”, as Pope Francis says. God’s will is for man to encounter Him, the fullness of life.

    • gaygod

      Girl, to be courageous is to live your truth. What you just described is being fake and tormented. Sad. Pathetic.

      • True_Catholic

        Live your truth – the truth is that homosexual feelings is just a part of oneself, it should not define a person. Bench and gay cohorts are definitively labeling people as LGBT and other labels based on sexual orientation. That is sad, because it is very limiting. It is sad and pathetic.

  • notoRHLaw

    kadiri campaign Bench. your campaign is flouting a disordered behavior as if it’s normal. it’s not.

    • Meep

      If you have disobeyed your parents then you shall be stoned to death according the Bible. I think going around and stoning everyone is much more “kadiri” tho.

      • True_Catholic

        Taking the Bible out of context is not proper.
        Is it not Bench that is throwing their immorality on their billboards?
        Showing skin and selling sex?

    • gaygod

      KADIRI YOU!

      • True_Catholic

        Kadiri ang bench, puro kalaswaan ang nilalagay sa billboards nila especially pag Bench underwear – why make your models pose so provocatively? It is a clear selling of sex. Ginagawa nilang cheap ang isang bagay na sagrado.
        Nakakahiya ang Bench.

  • notoRHLaw

    “https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=767457199965234&set=a.446595352051422.110126.148270801883880&type=1&theater ”

    Bench please take note of no. 7. Business without Ethics

  • JC

    Time to boycott bench. Supporting the lgbt agenda is not helping the society as seen in other countries. It is not evil to have same sex attraction. But supporting same sex relationship is a different thing. Countries who supported lgbt agenda and passed laws that favor lgbt are now suffering its consequences specially in the economy. It lead to the breakdown of family structure; children became confused. Mess up the most basic unit of society which is family, you break down the state. It also lead to the rise of aids. More than half of aids cases are due to homosexual intercourse. So bench, think again. Ever wondered why the economy of successful countries are now declining? Because they messed up the families.

    • efriend

      Suffering its consequences? Wow! Where did you get the economic data. Let us not go too far. In the US, those that embrace diversity are the richest cities in the world: New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Boston. Those family-oriented (your word) cities, like Salt Lake City, that question diversity are still struggling. You are messing up the facts to fit your agenda.

      • True_Catholic

        Can you please prove that your data is correct?
        Can you prove, without a doubt, that there is a connection between the affluence of a city with them being family-oriented or not?
        What I clearly see is logic in JC’s argument.
        Less families = less people
        Less people = less consumers
        less consumers = lower economy
        In the long run, countries who promote contraceptives, abortion, and same-sex marriage will have less people, because people would view children as a pain in the neck and a hindrance to their personal goals.
        If there is any agenda that should be looked upon, it is the gay agenda – the pushing down the throats of people the concept that being gay is natural and gay sexual behavior should be accepted.

    • Meep

      But how is it that the Bible speaks of “stoning to death” rape victims acceptable?

      Deutoronomy 22:23-24 says “If a damsel that is a virgin be bethroted unto a husband, and a man find her in the city, and le with her; Then ye shall bring them both out unto the gate of that city, and ye shall stone them with stones that they die”

      • True_Catholic

        Again, bringing verses of the Bible out of its context. Bravo

  • Joan Arcangel

    To all people behind this propaganda, please be informed:

    Art. 201 Revised Penal Code

    IMMORAL DOCTRINES, obscene publications and exhibitions, and indecent shows. — The
    penalty of PRISON MAYOR or a fine ranging from six thousand to twelve thousand
    pesos, or both such imprisonment and fine, shall be imposed upon:

    1. Those who shall PUBLICLY EXPOUND OR PROCLAIM DOCTRINES OPENLY CONTRARY TO PUBLIC MORALS;

    2. (a) The authors of OBSCENE LITERATURE, published with their knowledge in any form; the editors publishing such literature; and the owners/operators of the establishment selling the same;

    (b) Those who, in theaters, fairs, cinematographs or any other place, EXHIBIT INDECENT OR IMMORAL plays, scenes, acts or shows, it being understood that the obscene literature or indecent or immoral plays, scenes, acts or shows, whether live or in film, which are
    prescribed by virtue hereof, shall include those which: (1) glorify criminals or
    condone crimes; (2) serve no other purpose but to satisfy the market for
    violence, lust or pornography; (3) offend any race or religion; (4) tend
    to abet traffic in and use of prohibited drugs; and (5) are contrary to law,
    public order, MORALS, GOOD CUSTOMS, established policies, lawful orders,
    decrees and edicts.

    3. Those who shall sell, give away or exhibit films, PRINTS, engravings, sculpture or literature which are OFFENSIVE TO MORALS.

    • Carmella

      Joan Arcangel, these were the arguments used by COMELEC in Ang Ladlad Partylist vs. COMELEC (G.R. No. 190582). The Supreme Court didn’t agree with them and COMELEC lost the case. Homosexuality is not criminalized in the Philippines – let me quote from that decision: “A violation of Article 201 of the Revised Penal Code, on the other hand, requires proof beyond reasonable doubt to support a criminal conviction. It hardly needs to be emphasized that mere allegation of violation of laws is not proof, and a mere blanket invocation of public morals cannot replace the institution of civil or criminal proceedings and a judicial determination of liability or culpability.”

      To answer your other points, here are the opening lines from the same SC decision: “One unavoidable consequence of everyone having the freedom to choose is that others may make different choices – choices we would not make for ourselves, choices we may disapprove of, even choices that may shock or offend or anger us. However, choices are not to be legally prohibited merely because they are different, and the right to disagree and debate about important questions of public policy is a core value protected by our Bill of Rights. Indeed, our democracy is built on genuine recognition of, and respect for, diversity and difference in opinion.”

      As to marriage as defined by the Family Code, I don’t see the problem. Supporting homosexuality does not mean the demise of marriage, because there would still be heterosexuals getting married, right?

      • True_Catholic

        Family Code strictly says marriage is between a man and a woman.
        You would need a legislation passed to change this.
        We will be there to oppose any attempts to do this.

        • Meep

          But the Bible allows incest tho.

          • True_Catholic

            Can you state the verse that says that?

  • Joan Arcangel

    A reminder to all people behind this propaganda:

    Section 13, Article II of the Constitution (DECLARATION OF PRINCIPLES AND STATE POLICIES)

    The State recognizes the vital role of the youth in nation-building and SHALL promote and PROTECT their physical, MORAL, SPIRITUAL, intellectual, and social well-being.

    Section 2, Article XV of the Constitution (the Family)

    Marriage, as an INVIOLABLE social institution, is the foundation of the family
    and SHALL BE PROTECTED by the State.

    Article 695 of the Civil Code defines NUISANCE as ‘Any ACT, omission, establishment, business, condition of property, or ANYTHING ELSE which SHOCKS, DEFIES; or DISREGARDS DECENCY or MORALITY

    • Meep

      So uh… why did God allow incest in the Bible? Is incest still allowed now?

      • True_Catholic

        Where is that in the Bible? Did God really allowed it?
        Isn’t it that persons made those free choices for themselves, much like persons with same sex attractions make free choices whether or not to live a homosexual life?

  • Tomboy

    Attention True_Catholic:

    Yo, if you truly want to represent persons with same sex attractions but do not espouse the LGBT mentality, then fucking REPRESENT!!! Do not hide behind anonymity. Who are you? You claim you exist, well then own up to it. You cannot enlighten people by hiding in the dark. Why would you even ask to represented when you yourself are so afraid of putting yourself out there. You are such a hypocrite. Bitchin’ without thinkin’.

    • True_Catholic

      Thank you for your personal attacking comments. They really speak about how LGBT people “respect” different opinions from theirs. Don’t worry, I am not hiding. I speak freely online and offline with anyone who would listen. We are telling our stories to schools and churches who would listen.

      • Meep

        So when Cain murdered Abel and he was banished, how did he populate the Earth? Where did the Land of Nod came from?

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    Happy Gays? This is a god read. Conversation about the dangers of mainstreaming (Part 1)

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  • turtleneck

    I’ve read some comments to this blog and effort done by Bench and all I can think of is, what’s wrong with you people? I mean. Look. The pictures here show no sign of “immorality”. They are just pictures of people in Bench clothing. And I don’t think this show any sign of unchastity or impurity. This only shows the support of Bench in the celebration of Pride Month. And this shows that all people, even LGBTQs, can do better things. It’s all in the attitude, skills, intelligence, diskarte, not on their sexual orientation. But I am not saying that you should agree with me, because all we know, at the end of the day, it’s your own belief that you should follow or continue to believe in. And I will always believe in equality. And I think it’s okay and not sinful as long as people – no matter if they’re gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, queer, or straight – do good, and remain good, and true to themselves. And I absolutely don’t think it’s wrong to be who you really are.

    • True_Catholic

      Can you say that to children who would look up at these billboards and say “mommy, why are these two men kissing?” or “daddy, why are these girls holding hands as if they are boyfriend and girlfriend?”
      The gay agenda is more prominent in our country than in any other country. The agenda that tries to condition our minds that being gay is the next normal, and that we should not be alarmed when HIV cases among men having sex with men are rising, and cultural tides are changing the definition of families.
      We are not against persons with same sex attractions. We understand them. We love them. We journey with them in the choices that they make.
      But why the blatant promotion of homosexual lifestyle? Why does media feature only those who have embraced LGBT ideologies, and put on the margins of society those who may have same-sex attractions but does not espouse LGBT?
      Clearly, Bench is biased and very much pro-gay.
      May God have mercy on our children!

  • gaygod

    So sad that True_Catholic and others like that person loathe themselves that they see their sexuality as a burden and is something to fight rather than to celebrate and be proud of. I mean, what did they go through to develop such damaged self-image? Clearly, a distorted form of religion, plus the disapproval of society, made them that way. I would never wish this state of being on my worst enemy. I would rather kill myself than live with so much shame in myself and to be convinced that I am broken or incomplete because of something so natural to me. It’s pointless to live fighting something beautiful in you, fighting yourself, which you’re obviously going to lose..

    We’ve a long way to go, friends. I think that these self-hating people are a
    danger to themselves and to others. I hope they wouldn’t influence young impressionable minds who need nurturing to be the best that they can be and receive validation that they can be their true selves all the time. There’s really nothing sadder to be like True_Catholic here. Really, I’d rather die or not be born at all than hate my gay fab self.

    • True_Catholic

      So sad that LGBT people are pushing their gay agenda even to unsuspecting young people – and failing to recognize that there are people who have lived the gay lifestyle that they are promoting, and yet have only found it to be hedonistic, egotistical and risky.

      Please know that 80% of persons living with HIV now in the Philippines belong to those who practice same-sex relationships! Why push people towards this lifestyle?

      Please know that family structures plus influence of mass media is pushing young people towards gender insecurity – and even if they are just confused, LGBT would immediately label them as gay, bisexual or lesbians!

      Living the gay lifestyle has led me to self-hate.

      Coming out of it has led me to greater freedom to love myself more!

      There is no sadder lifestyle than being stuck by LGBT labels and living behavior patterns that are based on your feelings but are not aligned with your beliefs!

      There is a better way than living a risky lifestyle and condemning yourself

      There is a THIRD WAY… and we are living it to the fullest! 🙂

      http://vimeo.com/93079367

  • gaygod

    Let it be known to BENCH that this will go down in history as one of the most important mainstream local campaigns on LGBT rights and we thank you for that. Thank you for doing the right thing and standing up against the haters. A good start to a long and winding road ahead.

    • True_Catholic

      Let BENCH know that faithful Christians will stop buying your products as a result off this campaign. 🙂
      Thank you for pushing the gay agenda down our throats!