The bloggers’ meet-and-greet with BB Gandanghari was set at Mag:net Cafe, Bonifacio High Street.
Because we heard traffic was so bad that day, Julie and I decided to take public transport – MRT from North Avenue to Buendia, and cab to Boni High. Travel time was just a little over an hour. Had we taken the car and EDSA, it would have been double the time.
So, we arrived early at the event, which was organized by the Philippine Online Chronicles (POC), and were greeted with this BBeautiful tarp standee –
She candidly answered all questions thrown her way. Be it about her diet or her mother, she answered them in all honesty. It struck me that BB is so articulate.
More photos at the POC Gallery.
In response to Julie’s WQ at Greenbucks:
I came to this event with an open mind. Even before BB Gandanghari came out, I have always had the view of being accepting and tolerant of gay people. They are a reality – they exist and it is no use denying that fact or shielding my children from it. As a parent, it is my responsibility to raise morally-aware children, but also to prevent them from having bigoted views. Teaching them to accept and respect people for whoever, whatever they are is my responsibility.
My daughter studies in an evangelical Christian school, and part of the teaching, of course, is that there are only two sexes: male and female. Anything in between is a sin. One of the more difficult questions I have ever gotten from my daughter is this: If God created just man and woman, why are there gays?
I am not sure if I answered her question with satisfaction. So, P, here’s the rest of my thoughts.
I had to admit I did not know the answer to her question. What I know is that gays are also humans created by God. We cannot judge them as bad or evil, because only God can do that (according to Christian teachings, that is).
It is important that we respect and treat people the same way all across – or at least do our best to. Let’s leave the judging of who is evil or not, hell- or heaven-bound to the Higher Being. I also like what BB said during the blogger-meet. She said that being gay is not a license to being promiscuous. This view balances things out.
The lesson I came away with from the event: let him who has not sinned cast the first stone. We all have our own skeletons in the closet. For all we know, the most upright-looking man may turn up the most bones.
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