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    Manila’s Storied History with the LGBT Community

    Manila ladyboys may be known around the world, but the Filipino capital’s history with the LGBTQ community is no less worthy of celebration. The community has a distinctive culture and is well-tolerated, making its way toward full acceptance. Just over 10% of Filipinos have had sexual intercourse with a member of the same sex according to the Young Adult Fertility and Sexuality Survey. Filipino culture has a more fluid, flexible gender concept than western culture. Manila’s celebrated modern history with the community began in 2010 with LGBT party Ladlad’s “immoRALLY” protest in front of the Commission on Elections office in the capital. The party’s petition for accreditation had been rejected…