New title, new cover, new life
This is the new cover of my book, “God Loves Bakla”, which will be released by Maverick House Publishers internationally in October this year. The new title was chosen by my publisher, who wanted a more accessible, less ethnic-sounding title, and I think it’s a great choice for a title, capturing perfectly the meaning and spirit of my book.
The new cover is fantastic as well. While I liked the original cover of GLB (that’s me in the “Heaven’s Gate” cave at Hoi An in central Vietnam), the new cover is certainly much more classy and professional. The artwork is beautifully done. The open cage suggests a more positive story than my original shadow in a cave. I love the new cover. Kudos to the artists of Maverick House!
The international release of “Of God and Men” has brought new life to this blog, which has been re-titled “Of God, Men and Bakla”. I have come back home to the Philippines after working for ten years in Cambodia (2001-2011) and the reason is that I would like to contribute more actively to the important work of LGBT rights advocacy in the country of my birth. I will report on my plans and activities in more detail in the weeks and months to come. I believe that the issue of equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons is the defining issue of our era. “Gay is the new black”, it has been said, and great strides have been made in many Western countries. It’s now time for the Philippines to catch up.
The “new life”, then, refers not just to this blog, but to my own new life, as an openly gay man in my conservative, predominantly Catholic country. I was still in the closet when I left back in November 2001. Ten years later I have changed, my life has changed, and yet I come home to a country that, in many respects, is not much different from the one I escaped ten years ago. But new wine needs new wineskins, so what to do?
Welcome to my new life.