Tagged as the wedding month, June is also celebrated for Gay Pride commemorating the historic StoneWall riots that happened in the 1960s. Violence against the GLBT exists even in many forms but gay pride continues to put color in various fields such as entertainment, arts and sciences. On Monday, Google doodle paid tribute to Alan Turing–father of computer science who helped in WWII success but later tortured for being a homosexual.
Furthermore, Insights for Search shows that the Philippines had shown interest on the Internet regarding same-sex marriage. Google Insights for Search shows that Filipino netizens rank 1st worldwide in terms of searching about same-sex marriage and related queries such as “marriage laws”, “gay rights” and “gay marriage states.” To date, the Philippines remains to be a dominantly Catholic country by 82% of the population.
Other countries that searched for this topic were the United States, Nigeria, Australia, and Canada.
It can be remembered that Barack Obama’s pronouncement of support for gay marriage on ABC News last May 9, 2012 stirred online and global buzz and debates.
In fact, the local showbiz industry came across with different perspectives. Celebrities such as Lea Salonga and Martin Nievera said that they are in favor of same-sex marriage. Meanwhile, showbiz personality Miriam Quimbao expressed that she was against same-sex marriage.
Many gay couples are known today such as the Hollywood actor Matt Bomer and publicist Simon Halls; and Elen Degeneres and Portia de Rossi who got married in 2008. In the Philippines, the popular host and talent manager Boy Abunda is also known to be open about his relationship with Bong Quintana for more than 20 years now.