30 years later: Filipinas who marched in first lesbian pride recall historic milestone

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02/21/2023

Of all places Giney Villar could have first felt the urge to speak openly about being a lesbian, few would have imagined it to be in a disco — she mused some three decades later. Within the safe walls of Manila’s queer-coded nightclubs in the early 90s, Villar wondered for the first time in her 30s if expressions of lesbian pride and feminism would ever take place outside of nights spent steeped in alcohol. Secretive glances among queer women during the day, many of whom were forced to wear feminine clothing, just wouldn’t cut it anymore.

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