Intros, intros, intros

Dear Pierce,

I love your kids’ questions! And their theatric poses on camera. Our own intro activities in the Diliman class involved colorful cartolina, some So Big crayons, and a bit of drawing.

Give me an L...
Give me an L… give me a G…

In small groups, the kids listed words (positive, negative, or neutral) commonly associated with “lesbian”, “gay”, “bisexual”, “transgender”, “queer”, and “heterosexual”. I also asked them to draw an image to symbolise their group.

Gay men: Creative, batak, gym bunny, paminta, pa-girl, makulay, maharot, fabulous.
Gay men: Creative, batak, gym bunny, paminta, pa-girl, makulay, maharot, fabulous.

One of my favorites was the symbol by the Gay group: Two swords and shield, with a butterfly motif. As the kids said, batak and fabulous.

Partner intros! Name & course, preferred pronouns (in English), and an interesting LGBT-related anecdote/factoid.
Partner intros! Name & course, preferred pronouns (in English), and an interesting LGBT-related anecdote/factoid.

Instead of self-introductions, I asked them to pair off and get to know each other. Then each one introduced their partner to the class, by telling everyone the partner’s name (“His name is Matt Bomer..”), preferred gender pronouns in English (“He prefers he/his/him..”), and a queer-related personal story (“He and his boyfriend Sir Eric like comic books, coffee dates, and cuddling on weekends”).

Can you fill up all the boxes?
Queer Bingo. Can you fill up all the boxes?

And of course, the immortal (“walang kamatayang”) human bingo, but with a queer touch. After almost twenty minutes, no one could find anyone in the class who uses Grindr (haha), so I threw open the door and sent them flying out into the world to hunt down those elusive Grindrers.

In less than a minute, two students came back and won the two prizes — the special LGBT issue of the Philippine Journal of Psychology and everyone’s favorite Ano’ng Pangalan Mo Sa Gabi? At Iba Pang Tanong Sa Mga LGBT. Sure enough, they were thrilled to win a copy — of basically our readings for the class. Mga taga-UP talaga.

almonds,

Eric (UP Diliman)

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