Philippines: A rights group for transgender men in the Philippines is using their very own handsome boy to act not only as their spokesperson but as a mascot to fight for equality rights in a country that is fiercely Catholic and prejudiced against the LGBT community.
Faith-based discrimination against transgender individuals is widespread in Catholic Philippines and where hormones, surgeries and other essential processes to the transgender “transformation” are routinely denied to those who want them.
The transgender rights group Pinoy Female-to-Male composed of naturally born women who identify as male are making use of Nick to help in their fight to remedy the situation seemed to have found their answer in Nick.
Nick, who was born a woman but used hormone therapy to achieve a pretty amazing transition in appearance, has been getting a lot of media attention in the Philippines, He recently appeared on the popular current affairs news show, Bandila showing viewers the amazingly drastic effects hormone therapy can have.
He also took the opportunity to speak about how difficult it was to transition given
Nick also explained that he had to go through back channels to acquire essential drugs for his transformation.
Doctors say unsupervised hormone therapy is unsafe because of a variety of potentially harmful side effects, including heart attacks.
However, with extreme restrictions on the drugs in the Philippines, most transgender men and women who want them have to source them from overseas and in secret.
Nick and Pinoy MTF are hoping that awareness and help will make hormone therapy drugs more accessible.
In the Philippines, despite a more recent acceptance of LGBT people where a majority are very well-known in industries such as entertainment, fashion and beauty care same-sex relations, conduct or affection may be subject to the “grave scandal” prohibition in Article 200 of the Revised Penal Code and the LGBT community is not protected by any civil rights laws.
Anti-LGBT bias is largely a result of the Philippines being a Catholic country with over 80 percent of its 97 million people belonging to that religion and where the powerful and influential Catholic Church has been active in opposing contraceptives and any civil rights legislation for the LGBT community.
You can watch a clip of Nick’s story in Tagalog and English here: