BarangayLA aims to bring together cultural awareness, family values, sexual preference, and gender identity.

Barangay Los Angeles Partners with FilAm Arts to Promote Progressive LGBTQ Visibility Among Filipino Families

Barangay Los Angeles and FilAm Arts has actively collaborated to bring a significant progressive LGBTQ visibility at this year’s Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture (FPAC). With a larger pavillion and activities throughout the FPAC weekend, Barangay Los Angeles presents “TULAY: Connecting Families to the LGBTQ Community” which is designed to help bring together cultural awareness, family values, sexual preference, and gender identity. Barangay Los Angeles will have one of the largest presence at the festival on September 7 and 8, 2013.

“Our culture is incredibly important to us,” says Robert Julius Maullon, Barangay Los Angeles President. “It helps define who we are as a gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer community. FPAC helps bring together all walks of life in a safe environment and it makes sense to support its cause.

FPAC will once again feature The Malaya Project, a photo series which showcases strong LGBTQ role models, with an art gallery at the Barangay Los Angeles pavillion. From bullying, to HIV awareness, to professionalism, to family values -- The Malaya Project tells the amazing stories of each individual through the eyes of Photographer Deney Tuazon and Co-Founder Gregory Pacificar. Attendees will be able to learn the stories behind these everyday heroes, their struggles, and their strengths that inspire both their peers and communities.

Guidance with the “coming out” process, parental and family oriented workshops, marriage equality sessions, various art pieces, and much more will be presented during FPAC weekend.

“It is our hope that festival attendees come with an open mind and leave with a better understanding and appreciation for the fight for equality and acceptance, especially within our own families,” says Maullon.

The 22nd Annual Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture is set to take place on September 7 and 8, 2013 at Point Fermin Park in San Pedro, CA.

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About Barangay Los Angeles - Established in 1989, Barangay Los Angeles has become a nationally recognized Filipino community organization supporting and focused on addressing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning issues. The organization has grown to serve multiple communities  offering free membership and a wide range of programming, from social events to free educational workshops and advocacy.