I did have one job interview with the VP of a big mall chain who kept focusing on questions about my sexuality (like, ‘are you single? The Metro Manila Pride is the most popular and in fact was the first in Asia when it started in June 1994.
It has since not only turned into a popular summer event every June, a second annual Pride also takes place in Quezon City (also part of Metro Manila) each March.
I’m very fortunate because my industry is media and arts, so this was never an issue.
But I do have gay friends who work in the corporate sector, which is far more conservative, and they would never risk being out at work. It didn’t get any more graphic – probably I had my “GURRRL don’t go there! What are the popular gay events in the Philippines?
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