The origin of The Bakla (Tagalog for gay male – mostly stereotyped and ridiculed as the campy effeminate cross-dresser or hairdresser) Show began with exploring roots; navigating through the history of the Philippines to find a sense of our culture before the influence and impositions of other countries, ideals, and religions. And it was found in the language: Ba; Ka; La. Babae. Woman. Lalaki. Man. The union of woman and man. Deconstructing the term bakla detaches it from present derogatory applications and fosters a stronger connection to the Filipino culture by way of our sexuality.

After two theatrical productions, in 2007 and 2010, we have been brainstorming and developing some new ideas. And one of them is a tumblr. We are big believers in visibility and its importance for our community. In truth, it was a large deciding factor for The Bakla Show to materialize. But we have been questioning if we can reach a larger audience beyond the Bay Area. We are interested to see a queer Filipino community that builds and connects across the nation and possibly the globe. And we want to make our message of strength, unity, growth, survival and joy be accessible to anyone who has Internet access.

Here’s the address:

Our goal is to have queer Filipinos, whom identify anywhere on the LGBTQ spectrum, from all 50 states and all 10 Canadian provinces submit a photo of themselves. You can help us reach this goal by submitting a photo of yourself to the tumblr, circulating the tumblr address and sharing this page to your contacts and outlets you believe could participate, appreciate and benefit.

If you have any questions or suggestions for the tumblr, please do not hesitate to contact us at:

baklashow at gmail dot com

The Bakla Show

Mission Statement:
The Bakla Show aims to educate, challenge, and encourage dialogue among and between different ethnic and sexually diverse communities by means of increasing the visibility of Filipino American LGBTQQI experience through theatrical performance.