6 things to do this week of June 22 to 27

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Relating to LGBTQ+ narratives can help us understand more of their plights and struggles, or get to know more facets of our community. Photos from PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE and MACMILLAN

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines Life, June 22) — This week why don’t you: party for a cause, learn and understand the struggles of the LGBTQ community, participate in a local design survey, and try a new flavor from a premium ice cream brand.

Read these two books in time for Pride Month

It’s the final stretch for this year’s Pride celebration but we should keep in mind that we should always celebrate Pride and not only care about the LGBTQ+ community every June. Relating to LGBTQ+ narratives can help us understand more of their plights and struggles, or get to know more facets of our community. We recommend digging into non-fiction reads such as Kabi Nagata’s manga “My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness,” where the author details her struggle with depression and opening up to her own sexuality. It’s a book that’s too real at times, as we’re actually reading Nagata’s internal thoughts about mental illness and trying to overcome the obstacles that hinder her path to be a functional person.

There’s also Meredith Talusan’s memoir “Fairest,” now out in paperback. Talusan recalls her experience growing up as a precocious anak araw in Bulacan (who had a short stint as a child actor in the T.V. show “Bisoy” as Redford White’s son), as an immigrant who was disillusioned by the American Dream (yet aware of the privileges awarded by her perceived ‘whiteness’), and her self-realization as a trans individual. Like “My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness,” “Fairest” often feels like peering into a journal you’re not supposed to read. It is frank, thoughtful and unfailingly honest.

In one passage, she wrote, “Gender transition provided me with much greater freedom of expression, the ability to determine the forms of femininity I wanted to embody, instead of feeling like I had to negotiate every feminine accessory or mannerism with a strict gay church that constantly threatened to reject me. I would have probably been bakla had I stayed in the Philippines, remained in that more indeterminate space in a culture where that was possible.”

Talusan’s journey is written in illuminating and powerful prose that weaves in and out of time, detailing her complex relationship with her family and her notions of gender and “whiteness.”

Both books are available at Fully Booked. — Don Jaucian

Attend “Beyond Labels - A Mahaba-habang Usapan on the SOGIE Equality Bill and What It Means to be LGBTQIA+ in the Philippines”

CNN Philippines with San Mig Light presents a webinar on the experience and struggles of the LGBTQ+ community on Friday, June 25 at 8 p.m. with panelists content creator and Tayo Movement founder Rica Salomon; Philippine LGBT Bar co-founder Takahiro Kenjie Aman; and UP Babaylan’s Punong Babaylan Mx. Venus Aves. Ganda Filipinas executive director Naomi Fontanos will serve as the moderator.

Register here to participate. — CNN PH LIFE STAFF

Participate in the National Design Survey

If you're a designer struggling to find the right institutional support, now's your chance to be listened to. Partnering with the British Council, Nordicity, Bayan Academy, and Dr. Anna Whicher of PDR International Centre for Design and Research (UK), the Design Center of the Philippines has kicked off a nationwide mapping of the design landscape in the country, in order to surface important inputs for a National Design Policy that can truly support makers of images, objects, places or experiences. If this sounds like you, visit this link. The survey should take 10-20 minutes and closes on Wednesday, June 30, midnight. — Anna Canlas

Learn about “Covering LGBTQ+ Stories on Campus: A Pride Month Conversation”

Campus Journalism Lab and the Foundation for Media Alternatives is hosting a forum on LGBTQ+ Stories on Campus this June 26, from 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. The event is free of charge and open to senior high school and college students.

Click here to register. Visit the Foundation for Media Alternatives Facebook page for more information. — CPLS

Cool down with the Magnum Cherry Blossoms Flavor

Break the monotony of the daily grind with little things — like trying a new ice cream flavor in an unconventional color. Magnum’s latest offering is the softly hued Cherry Blossoms flavor, described as a “smooth sakura ice cream swirled with a luscious rich cherry sauce, coated in pink Belgian chocolate and cherry pieces.” It’s surprisingly not sickly sweet despite the saccharine colors — though the white chocolate coating won’t make fans of everyone, the use of quality chocolate (from cocoa sourced from Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farms) really brings forth a lot of the richness in the ice cream bar. The sakura-flavored ice cream inside and the cherry syrup had a great balance of sweet and tart. Well worth the 200+ calories of a single serving, which you’ll probably burn off in this heat anyway. — Marga Buenaventura

Party at “Future Nostalgia Vol III: Legendary Pride”

Those who wish to celebrate Pride via pop music and dance can do so this June 26 at Pop Emergency’s “Future Nostalgia Vol III: Legendary Pride.” The event doubles as a benefit for the Golden Gays so you’ll also be dancing for a cause. Expect DJ sets by Jer Dee and Marky plus performances by The Golden Gays, Gil Pineda, Lumina Klum, J Course Domination, and Giovanni Taoimmie Kuruha.

Visit the Pop Emergency Facebook page for more details. — CPLS