By Bobby Benedicto
Gay-friendly dance golf equipment, upmarket bars, and social gathering circuits—such advertisement venues evoke a twin of a homosexual globe, yet what occurs after they are guaranteed to a panorama of illness, mass poverty, and concrete decay? Vividly describing this global of contradictions during the prism of twenty-first-century Manila, Under vivid Lights demanding situations renowned interpretations of the “third international queer” as a inevitably radical figure.
Drawing on ethnographic learn, Bobby Benedicto paints a remarkably counterintuitive portrait of homosexual areas in postcolonial towns. He argues that Filipino homosexual men’s pursuit of an elusive worldwide homosexual modernity sustains the very classification, gender, and racial hierarchies that constitution city existence within the Philippines. Benedicto examines, for instance, how practices equivalent to using permit the emergence of a classed homosexual cityscape, and the way scenes of networked worldwide towns engender discourse that positions Manila inside of a world process of “gay capitals.” And but he additionally analyzes how the fable of homosexual globality is imperiled whilst privileged homosexual males from Manila, whereas touring out of the country, stumble upon Filipino hard work migrants and are available face-to-face with the exclusionary racial orders that function in homosexual areas out of the country.
Unique in its methodological process, Under shiny Lights employs affective, first-person storytelling strategies to seize the visceral event of Manila and homosexual lifestyles in a 3rd international city.
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