Wednesday, May 28, 2014


The Philippines is a country which is rich in culture and tradition. It is bounded with beautiful places and hospitable people. PH is also a country with thousands of homosexuals. I believe that its democratic type of government has a huge impact on the rapid increase of its population.

Homosexuals, whether obvious or not, are very prevalent in every region of the Philippines. They have shared a great percentage to the totality of the country’s population.

 Despite its rampancy, same sex marriage in the country is a big problem. Many gay advocates have worked on this issue. But, there is no acceptance of such laws up till now. Same sex marriage is one of the biggest challenges to all LGBTIQ members. No matter how strong the force in pursuing it to be legalized, there are still reverse pressures that pull their efforts down.

 Among the reasons such a bill cannot be legalized are the following:

1. Religion. Philippines is Asia’s largest Christian nation. It doesn't allow any marriage deviations to what is taught in churches.

2. Psychological Effect. Same sex marriage is thought to confuse the little minds of children. It is believed that children cannot understand how two men or women can bear a child.

3. Health Issues. It is believed that most HIV/AIDS victims are gay. In fact, Philippines is one of the countries with the highest rates of HIV/AIDS victims. The government would not allow such marriages because of their fear of worsening the number of cases.

Same sex marriage in the Philippines is indeed a battle for LGBTIQ individuals. They are partly accepted by society, but some of their legal rights are still far from reach.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Gay Talent: Steven Retchless a Pole-fessional Dancer

Steven broke into the aerial art scene in 2010 when he won the title as the first ever American Pole Fitness Champion, but his background and achievements reach far beyond the aerial arts.  At an early age he studied dance through local Las Vegas studios, dance companies, prestigious schools, the Las Vegas Academy of Performing Arts and California Institute of the Arts. His education only fuelled his desire to find a yet more unique kind of expression, that encompassed all aspects of his extensive dance training.

Steven Retchless, a 24 years old pole-fessional.

Steven’s accomplishments in the art of Pole have amazed main stream television viewers when he became a semi-finalist on Americas Got Talent. He Reached an even more commercial demographic as his online performances have been featured on websites and celebrity blogs such as,, Yahoo news with viral view counts from all over the world.

Aside from touring, Steven is currently one of the top instructors at the highly respected studio, Body and Pole in New York City, which currently houses arguably the best pole, stretch, dance and aerial art instructors on the planet. As a talented performer Steven has a gift for owning the stage and projecting unforgettable expression, making him a distinct figure in the Pole Community.