#EveryOnesWelcomeHere: Openly Welcoming The LGBT in Victoria Court

#EveryOnesWelcomeHere: Openly Welcoming The LGBT in Victoria Court

 

If there is one thing that I would not do as a gay man, apart from having sex with a woman, is to go to a motel to have sex with someone or celebrate something with someone—no matter how notable it really is. I have experienced and still experiencing first hand how our country claims to be an LGBT-friendly country which is only synonymous with being tolerant but not accepting. And that’s always been the truth.

 

For all my life, I would rather have sex with someone in my place or my partners’. But never a motel. It has been a no-no. If a non-sexual act of holding hands of two men is frowned and laughed upon in the eyes of judgmental Filipinos, what more for two men who would enter a motel despite them having the capacity of paying and the decency of doing it in a place where it can be done without judgment?

 

These were just some of the pictures that I see myself in if ever I will be in a motel. It is a matter of being discriminated and being degraded in a place where inclusion should have been a norm.

 

To alleviate such stigma, Victoria Court, the leading themed-motel in the country spearheaded #EveryOnesWelcomeHere campaign to address such issue.

 

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Focus Group Discussion

During my interview with Ms. Tanya Llana, the Marketing Director of Victoria Court, she mentioned that such initiative was formed with an FGD that the’ve set with the members of the LGBT community. And just like me, these people that they have met experienced the discrimination and degrading situations that they have felt going to motels. They have mentioned how some front desk staff would laugh at them or show unnecessary non-verbal remarks during check ins and check outs. And the worst part is, they would even be declined from entering just because they are not the straight couple that these motels are targeting in the market.

 

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Yours truly and Ms. Tanya Llana, Marketing Director of Victoria Court

 

With such alarming scenario, Victoria Court opens its doors to the LGBT community with its #EveryOnesWelcomeHere campaign. And to make this possible, they have trained their staff not just in customer service but also in gender sensitivity.

 

Leading Supporter for HIV awareness initiative

If you have been following my blog for quite some time now, you probably have learned that I strongly support projects of organizations specifically for HIV awareness. And I have been a media partner of leading HIV awareness group to share their events online. For the past years, Victoria Court has welcomed being the venues of HIV testing iniatives such that of Loveyourself Inc. And Victoria Court is proud with their partnership of pushing forth safer sex and HIV awareness while at the same time providing a safe place for the MSM (males having sex with males) or the LGBT community in general.

 

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Leading by example

If you are not yet aware, the owner of Victoria Court is Ms. Angie King, who came out as a transgender last year. She is the husband of Asia’s Next Top Model Model Mentor, Ms. Joey Mead King. And with their president at the helm of such project and in the shoe that we are in, you will definitely feel that, indeed, you are welcome here.

 

Check the two King’s interview at TLC discussing fame, power, wealth, glory, and their modern-day love story with a twist.

 

 

Check out their ad for this campaign for #EveryOnesWelcomeHere:

 

 

Just like everybody else, all of us deserve the security of equality and the feeling of being equal. Regardless in the workplace, in public places, and places where privacy is expected. In Victoria Court, everyone is welcome here.

 

#EveryOnesWelcomeHere: Openly Welcoming The LGBT in Victoria Court

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Joemar is the Blogger-In-Chief of BaklaPoAko.Com. He is currently a graduate student in University of the Philippines Open University. He also studied at Maquillage Professionnel School of Makeup Artistry and School of Fashion and the Arts (SoFA). He is a bold advocate of education, environment and LGBT issues. An earner, dreamer and a lover. Before he was once a dream-sprouting seed. Now he's a tree in his renaissance and will always be evergreen. Hear him speak with his intelligent guide for gay news of the Philippines and worldwide, Bakla Po Ako. Confirmed!.Follow him on Twitter @belleza_joemar. Gay it forward!
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Joemar is the Blogger-In-Chief of BaklaPoAko.Com. He is currently a graduate student in University of the Philippines Open University. He also studied at Maquillage Professionnel School of Makeup Artistry and School of Fashion and the Arts (SoFA). He is a bold advocate of education, environment and LGBT issues. An earner, dreamer and a lover. Before he was once a dream-sprouting seed. Now he’s a tree in his renaissance and will always be evergreen. Hear him speak with his intelligent guide for gay news of the Philippines and worldwide, Bakla Po Ako. Confirmed!. Follow him on Twitter @belleza_joemar. Gay it forward!

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