Bakla (gay men) and binalaki or tomboy (lesbians) are almost universally accepted in the Philippines. Harrassment is rare and you can usually be as 'out' as you want to be.
The traditional nexus of gay life is the Malate district of Manila, specifically around the intersection of J Nakpil St and M Orosa St. While there is still a scene there, the more popular clubs and bars have moved uptown to the Fort ('BGC') district. Other major cities such as Cebu also have well-established gay centres.
There's a roving pride march every year in Manila in late June.
Online gay and lesbian resources for the Philippines include:
- Outrage Magazine (www.outragemag.com)
- Utopia Asian Gay & Lesbian Resources (www.utopia-asia.com)
- Travel Gay Asia (www.travelgayasia.com)
- B-Change (ww.b-change.org) is a social enterprise group that works to promote LGBTI rights.
For Manila-related events, the best site is www.thegaypassport.com/gay-manila.