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Potential resource[edit]

This study seems to be about bakla: http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~content=a904203098&db=all

The full text isn't publicly available, but someone who has access could expand this article using it.

--Alynna (talk) 21:26, 5 June 2010 (UTC)

Confusion[edit]

Article seems unsure whether to define bakla as how it is generally defined (incorrectly, as the equivalent of the English term 'gay'). It isn't actually the same as 'homosexual'. Bakla themselves are a subculture, distinct from just being 'gay'. It is never used to refer to lesbians, seldom used to refer to masculine gay men (the article already mentions that those are colloquially called Paminta, a Spanish-derived term meaning 'spice'), or to bisexuals (again referred to in slang as Silahis, Tagalog for 'sunbeam'). Understandable though since there is actually no English equivalent for the concept of bakla.

Anyway, yeah article needs extensive rework.--ObsidinSoul 09:04, 27 January 2011 (UTC)

I highly second that. There is no equivalent of the term for 'gay' in any traditional Asian language and Bakls is clearly a third gender term -- which is very different from the concept of 'gay.' First, 'Bakla' is a gender identity, not a sexual identity. It's their self-identity as a woman that makes a male Bakla, not one's self-identity as a man who likes men. Third genders are many a times bisexuals as per their sexual lifestyle, and sometimes even exclusively heterosexual. The very first sentence of the article is misleading. Will someone from the LGBT section do the necessary correction.(Masculinity (talk) 19:47, 3 February 2014 (UTC))

third gender[edit]

Should bakla be referred to as 3rd gender, when acceptance of the term bakla, usually means equal acceptance of the term tomboy. From what I've seen from visits to the Philippines is that there are four accepted genders male/female/bakla/tomboy Spacecowboy420 (talk) 08:43, 15 December 2015 (UTC)

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Evaluation of this article[edit]

Although this article makes good use of citations for the most part, there are some relatively important parts of the article (such as the section about how there is "at least one bakla...living a normal life") that don't use any citations at all. The sources that are used are neutral/un-biased (such as a dictionary entry, or academic paper), but the article could definitely use more of them. Additionally, there are some parts of the article that are written a little bit awkwardly ("It has often been mistaken that..." or "the stigma that was put upon people who belong to the third gender lasted'til modern times but now in a less strict way"). Rtanaka96 (talk) 17:10, 2 April 2017 (UTC)

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Bakla does not just mean "transgender"[edit]

Bakla is used as a slur for gay men in general not just effeminate men, cross-dressers or transgender women-- it is disturbing to see this article being sculpted through the lens of Western gender concepts. This is dangerous, and only re-enforces out-dated gender roles and violent machismo beliefs that gay men are not "real men". Bakla does not automatically mean transgender-- it is more often used as a pejorative to socially emasculate men.

Please stop re-colonizing us with patriarchal and regressive gender ideology from the west.

Furthermore, using a link from a far-right wing, RACIST & FASCIST blog to "prove" that bakla is a "third gender" is DISGUSTING. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 112.118.37.71 (talk) 08:48, 6 August 2020 (UTC)