CULTURE

Why lesbian rights must be discussed in the local women’s movement

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Giney Villar, co-host of the Tita Tibx Podcast, was one of the feminist lesbians who demanded equal rights in the 1992 International Women’s Day march. Photo by SAMANTHA LEE

Manila (CNN Philippines Life) — Feminism is a widely discussed subject and due to different interpretations of the women’s movement, as well as its varying context for each region and sector, there came to be several forms of feminism which exist until today. A continuously evolving movement, it was unavoidable for earlier forms of feminism to have had lapses in the scope that they cover, especially considering that some conservative notions also took time to overcome.

Such is the case of lesbian feminism in the Philippines. It was in March 1992 when the first group of feminist lesbians joined the International Women’s Day march to demand equal rights. “We wanted to be visible and to show that we would like to fight for our rights as well,” explained Giney Villar, co-host of the Tita Tibx Podcast. Lesbians’ rights used to be a neglected topic within the women’s movement, and so it was of utmost importance to have a group of lesbians, regardless of its number, to voice out their needs and represent the sector.

Watch the video to learn more about this small collective of Filipina feminist lesbians, and how they were able to pave the way for fellow lesbians to demand for equal rights.

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